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What are the repercussions of entering National parks during US Government shutdown?

There's a trail near my house that I go to almost every week. It's really just a fence with a gate in it. I didn't realize it was national park until yesterday when i went there and there were temporary orange signs saying park closed due to federal government shutdown. I looked it up and indeed it is national park.

Does that mean that it's truly 'illegal' to walk on the trail? Or that it's just not patrolled (I've never seen a government employee in there anyhow)?

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The steward at a nearby state park has told me in the past that entering when the park is closed is trespassing. Presumably the same would be true for closed parks at any level. –  Don Branson Oct 7 '13 at 15:50
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@Joe We tested out this question this weekend. I believe it is illegal to enter National Park land (but who will stop you). However, it is still legal to enter National Forest land. National Forest have never had gates to lock you out. The campgrounds are all closed, though. –  theJollySin Oct 7 '13 at 16:00
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Please do not use comments to answer questions. If you have an answer to a question, please answer it below. Thanks. –  Robert Cartaino Oct 7 '13 at 18:35
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These comments don't really constitute a full, substantiated answer yet. –  Don Branson Oct 8 '13 at 21:41
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Just saw it on the news that they were handing out $100 fines for walking the trials at Valley Forge National Park. Runner Fined

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who is policing this - that has to be a waste of money :-) –  Rory Alsop Oct 9 '13 at 17:20
    
@RoryAlsop - Assuming all goes well. But stop policing it and you'll get more people doing it, then the first person to get hurt will circle the lawyers and run up a bill. –  Don Branson Oct 10 '13 at 17:40
    
Sad but true Don. I was not really being serious. –  Rory Alsop Oct 10 '13 at 17:50
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