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Madison County denied entrance to Shenandoah park

Tuesday - 7/30/2013, 9:19am  ET

CULPEPER, Va. (AP) -- Madison County has lost its bid to get a public entrance to Shenandoah National Park.

The Madison County Board of Supervisors and others say President Herbert Hoover promised the entrance in 1929.

Shenandoah superintendent Jim Northup says there was no such promise.

The Culpeper Star-Exponent ( ) reports that Northup sent a letter Monday to Madison County Administrator Ernie Hoch announcing that the request had been denied.

County officials had sought a new entrance on upper Rapidan Road. They also proposed opening an existing pedestrian and equestrian entrance to vehicles.

Northup says that neither request is consistent or appropriate with the park's purpose.

Hoch says the county remains committed to working with stakeholders to make a public entrance a reality.


Information from: Culpeper Star-Exponent,

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