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Little River Canyon reopens to the public

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Barricades were let down Thursday morning. Barricades were let down Thursday morning.
FORT PAYNE, AL (WAFF) -

After being barricaded during the government shutdown, the time had come. To paraphrase a famous speech: ‘Mr. Park Ranger, tear down this wall.'

Park officials welcomed tourists back to Little River Canyon National Park Thursday morning.

"Today is a good day. I'm so glad that the park is back open," said Park Superintendent Gail Bishop.

For Atlanta resident Jerry Gaillard, he just wanted to share this special place with a friend from the United Kingdom while on their way to Huntsville for a training seminar. He said he was thankful his trip didn't happen the day before, when the park was still closed.

"To be able to walk down a trail, look at Mother Nature, and be able to enjoy it… it's crazy. I would have been upset and I probably would have tried to go in anyway," Gaillard said.

Buses headed for DeSoto State Park because of the shutdown rerouted their trip to Little River, which was their original destination.

Congress now has 90 days to come up with a new budget, but visitors and park employees know there is a chance the barricades may go up once again.

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