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New River Gorge visitors centers to reopen

Nov. 02, 2012 @ 09:31 AM

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — The National Park Service is reopening the visitor centers at the New River Gorge National River.

Officials say the Canyon Rim Visitor Center in Lansing and the Sandstone Visitor Center near Hinton are set to reopen on Friday with limited services.

Park service employees are continuing assessments and cleanup of damage to park locations from Superstorm Sandy.

All park areas were closed Monday in anticipation of bad weather conditions. Other closures at the park are still in effect.

Officials also say park staff has not conducted full assessments of the numerous trails at this time, but preliminary assessments indicate widespread tree damage on the trails.

The park service is advising visitors to stay off the trails because of downed trees and the potential for weakened trees to continue falling.