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Madison Submits Outline to Reopen Shenandoah Park Entrance

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Madison County is working to reopen a historic gateway into Shenandoah National Park.

An outline of the Rapidan Road entrance was delivered Tuesday to the park's superintendent, Jim Northup.

The county wants to work with park service to create a low-impact road leading into the park - similar to the one traveled by President Herbert Hoover in the 1930s.

"We're not looking to make this a big commercial enterprise.  This is going to be an entrance that fits with the rural character of Madison, with the natural beauty of the park.  We're not looking to commercialize the park, we're looking to respect the park, at the same time to have the park respect the place in history that Madison has," said Ernie Hoch, a Madison County administrator.

Administrators say they plan to enforce a lower speed limit and to only open the road seasonally.

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