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WAYNESVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Conservative activists are protesting the forced closing of a private North Carolina hotel and restaurant as a casualty of the partial federal government shutdown.

The Pisgah Inn leases space on government property along the Blue Ridge Parkway, a 470-mile road overseen by the National Park Service that winds through the North Carolina and Virginia mountains.

Inn owner Bruce O'Connell said Saturday about 100 protesters gathered on the road's shoulder to protesting the business's forced closure. O'Connell says park rangers began blocking its three driveways on Friday.

Parkway Chief Ranger Steve Stinnett says he was directed by superiors to act because the business is subject to the federal government shutdown.

O'Connell said the inn was booked solid this weekend and guests were refunded their money.

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