Parkway to Close Humpback Rocks Picnic Area for Reconstruction
Contact: Larry Hultquist, 828-348-3482
(Waynesboro, VA) The Humpback Rocks Picnic Area, located at milepost 8.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, will be closed beginning Wednesday, June 13, 2012 for reconstruction. This area closure is part of a larger road paving and rehabilitation project occurring this summer from milepost 0 to milepost 15.3 which will result in minor traffic delays along the roadway.
Reconstruction activities at Humpback Rocks Picnic Area include the removal and replacement of the pavement, replacement of the culverts and rebuilding of the pull-in parking sites. Several overlooks between milepost 0 and milepost 15.3 will be used as project staging areas and will be closed intermittently throughout the duration of the paving project, which is expected to be complete by Labor Day weekend.
Limited picnicking opportunities will be made available at the Humpback Rocks Visitor Center on a temporary basis to accommodate Parkway users. Numerous other alternative parking areas, overlooks and picnic areas along the Blue Ridge Parkway have picnic facilities as shown below.
In addition, Shenandoah National Park offers picnic grounds in the park's South District. The Dundo Picnic Grounds, formerly the Dundo Group Campground, is located at Milepost 83.5 along Skyline Drive. The picnic grounds are suitable for both small and large group picnicking. Amenities in the picnic grounds include picnic tables, grills, water, trash cans, and vault toilets and a $15.00 entrance fee is accessed. For more information about Shenandoah National Park, visit www.nps.gov/shen.
Blue Ridge Parkway Ridge District Picnic Areas:
6.0 Humpback Gap Parking Area 10.7 Raven's Roost Parking Overlook 11.7
Hickory Spring Parking Widening 13.1
Three Ridges Parking Overlook 17.6
The Priest Parking Overlook 19.9
The Slacks Parking Overlook 22.1
Bald Mountain Parking Widening 29.0
Whetstone Ridge 31.4
Stillhouse Hollow Parking Widening 34.4
Yankee Horse Ridge Parking Area 38.8
Boston Knob Parking Area 44.4
Whites Gap Parking Overlook 47.5
Indian Gap Parking Area 53.6
Rice Mountain Parking Overlook 55.1
White Oak Flats Parking Overlook 55.9
Dancing Creek Parking Overlook 58.2
Otter Creek Flats Parking Overlook 61.4
Terrapin Hill Parking Overlook 62.5
Lower Otter Creek Parking Overlook 63.6
James River Visitor Center Picnic Area*
(*restroom facilities available)
Did You Know?
The first contract for work on the Blue Ridge Parkway, awarded to Nello Teer Construction Company of Durham, NC in the height of the Great Depression, was for over $316,000. Teer purchased a new steam shovel for the project!