- Associated Press - Thursday, November 5, 2015

WAYNESBORO, Va. (AP) - Shenandoah National Park is closing Skyline Drive at night through the rest of the year in an effort to reduce illegal hunting.

Beginning on Monday, sections of the scenic road between Front Royal and Thornton Gap, and between Swift Run Gap and Rockfish Gap will be closed from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. The road’s central portion between Thornton Gap and Swift Run Gap will remain open for overnight access to the Skyland Resort until the resort closes on Nov. 29.

The road will reopen at night on Jan. 3, 2016.

Media outlets report that park superintendent Jim Northup announced the nighttime shutdown on Wednesday. Northup says closing portions of Skyline Drive enables rangers to concentrate patrols on problem areas.

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