BALTIMORE - A government shutdown will close several parks in Maryland. Parks operated by the National Park Service & U.S. Park Police will not open.
In Washington County, Antietam National Battlefield will not open. Battlefield hikes scheduled for Saturday & Sunday will be canceled. A Sunday Talk on Civil War nurse Clara Barton is scheduled for 11a.m.
On the Appalachian Trail, hikers and bikers would be allowed. But cars would not be permitted because U.S. Park Rangers would not work.
Assateague Island, Fort Foote Park, Fort McHenry, Monocacy National Battlefield & the Thomas Stone National Historic Site would close. Guided tours at the Clara Barton National Historic Site in Glen Echo would be canceled.
At Fort Washington Park, the Fort and visitor center would be closed. All activities at Glen Echo Park would be canceled.
All events at the Hampton National Historic Site north of Towson would be canceled. On Sunday, program presented by the Baltimore Horse Guards is planned.
Captain John Smith Chesapeake, Oxon Cove Park & Piscataway Park will remain open. Catoctin Mountain Park, & the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal will remain open, but the Visitor Centers would close.
The Equality Maryland board of directors are considering a reduction in operations or closing down completely next month.
The Obama administration says the government shutdown last fall resulted in nearly 8 million fewer visitors to national parks, costing the parks and surrounding communities an estimated $414 million in lost visitor spending.