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September 15, 2017
Remaining Blue Ridge Parkway Closures Require Time and Public Cooperation
On Friday, September 15, 2017, many sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway previously closed for downed trees have reopened. 

September 14, 2017
Blue Ridge Parkway Closures Continue in North Carolina
Sections of Blue Ridge Parkway remain closed due to ongoing cleanup efforts related to Tropical Storm Irma.

September 13, 2017
Irma Clean Up Continues Along Parkway
Storm cleanup continues on the Blue Ridge Parkway with some previously closed sections reopening by mid-day on Wednesday, September 13, 2017.

September 11, 2017
Parkway Closures Due to Irma Impacts
Based on updated weather forecasts and in the interest of visitor safety, the Blue Ridge Parkway will be closed from Milepost 165, at VA State Route 8, south through North Carolina to Milepost 469, at Cherokee.  

September 10, 2017
Road Advisory in North Carolina Due to Potential Irma Impacts
Based on recent and forecasted weather conditions and in the interest of visitor safety, the Blue Ridge Parkway is issuing a road advisory for all areas south of the NC/VA state line, from Monday September 11 through Wednesday September 13.

August 14, 2017
On August 21, the solar eclipse will cross portions of the southern end of Parkway.

March 07, 2017
Parkway Closed Near Craggy Gardens Due to Rockslide
The parkway is currently closed from Craggy Gardens Picnic Area (Milepost 367.5) to Mt. Mitchell State Park (Milepost 355.5) due to rockslide.

December 09, 2016
Parkway Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Untreated Firewood Ban
Blue Ridge Parkway officials are seeking public comment regarding a proposed policy to allow only heat-treated firewood that is bundled and bearing a seal from USDA, or a state agency, for use in Parkway camping and picnic areas.

December 08, 2016
Parkway Lifts Burn Ban
Effective today, officials at the Blue Ridge Parkway have lifted the burn ban that has been in effect since November 9th, 2016.

November 10, 2016
Myth Buster: Does the Parkway Close for the Winter
Even as many park facilities close seasonally, the Parkway motor road remains open. Temporary weather or maintenance related closures though, often impact Parkway travel during the winter months.

November 09, 2016
Blue Ridge Parkway Issues Burn Ban
Effective November 9, 2016, the following fire restrictions are in place for the Blue Ridge Parkway until further notice: Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire is not allowed.

September 23, 2016
Blue Ridge Parkway Seeks Public Comment Regarding Bridge Replacement at I-26
The Blue Ridge Parkway is seeking public comment on a proposed project to replace the bridge over I-26 in North Carolina.

September 02, 2016
Rock Castle Gorge Trail Reopening
Rock Castle Gorge Trail has reopened after nearly a year following extensive damage caused by a flood in fall of 2015.

April 27, 2016
Tourism to Blue Ridge Parkway creates $952 Million in Economic Benefits
Fifteen million visitors to the Parkway in 2015 spent $952.1 million in communities near the park. This spending supported 15,337 jobs across the region and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $1.3 billion.

April 21, 2016
Temporary Road Closure from Milepost 90 to 105.8
A section of the Blue Ridge Parkway from Milepost 90.0 to Milepost 105.8 will close Monday, April 25, 2016, for approximately five weeks in order to make necessary paving repairs to the road and overlooks in the area. Access to Peaks of Otter from the south will be available via VA-43.

April 14, 2016
Temporary Road Closure for Bridge Project at Milepost 316
A section of the Blue Ridge Parkway from Milepost 316.5 to Milepost 317.5 will close Monday, April 18, 2016, for approximately six weeks in order to make repairs to the historic Linville River Bridge.

November 24, 2015
Winter 2015 2016 Asheville Tunnel Projects
Blue Ridge Parkway officials announce two tunnel repair projects occurring this winter to the north and south of the Asheville corridor. Both closures will be in effect from December 1, 2015 through spring of 2016. Repairs to Tanbark Tunnel at Milepost 374.4 will require a closure from Milepost 364.1 at Craggy Dome Parking Overlook to Milepost 375.6 at Ox Creek Road. Repairs to the Buck Springs Tunnel at Milepost 407.3 will require a closure from Milepost 402.6 to Milepost 408.8 near Mt. Pisgah.

October 08, 2015
Blue Ridge Parkway Encourages Visitors to Enjoy the View and Watch the Road
Blue Ridge Parkway rangers and staff plan to welcome approximately two million visitors along the 469-mile scenic route this October. With fall color beginning, park managers want to remind the public that a Parkway drive is different than most.

August 04, 2015
Blue Ridge Parkway Announces the Release of Moses H. Cone Memorial Park Developed Area Management Plan
The Blue Ridge Parkway announces the release of the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park Developed Area Management Plan.

September 08, 2014
Blue Ridge Parkway Announces Contract Award for Pisgah Inn
Blue Ridge Parkway Superintendent Mark H. Woods announced today that Parkway Inn, Inc. was awarded the concession contract to operate the Pisgah Inn at Milepost 408.6 for the next ten years.

July 22, 2014
Tourism to Blue Ridge Parkway creates 782 Million in Economic Benefit
Asheville, NC – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 12,877,369 visitors to the Blue Ridge Parkway in 2013 spent $782,926,000 in communities near the park. That spending supported 11,283 jobs in adjacent communities.

March 04, 2014
Tourism to the Blue Ridge Parkway creates 902 Million Dollars in Economic Benefit
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 15.2 million visitors to the Blue Ridge Parkway in 2012 spent $902 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 12,168 jobs in the local area.

May 23, 2013
Contract Awarded for Northwest Trading Post
The popular Parkway stopping place at Milepost 259 will have local arts, crafts, and souvenirs in addition to beverages and snack sales.

April 19, 2013
Parkway Announces Contract Award for Peaks of Otter
An early summer opening for the popular Peaks of Otter lodge and restaurant is hopeful. Operations at Bluffs Lodge and Otter Creek are still being evaluated.

January 15, 2013
Parkway Final General Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement Available
The GMP is the guiding document for the future management of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

December 18, 2012
Parkway Announces Contract Award at Folk Art Center
The Southern Highland Craft Guild contract is for ten years.

August 22, 2012
Blue Ridge Parkway to Step-Up Radio Telemetry Enforcement
The Blue Ridge Parkway is increasing enforcement efforts against the illegal use of radio tracking equipment.

July 03, 2012
Blue Ridge Parkway Encourages Visitor to Enjoy the View, But Watch the Road
Parkway officials encourage safe travel for the summer season.

May 23, 2012
Speed Limit Reduction
Effective immediately, the speed limit between Highway 74A and Highway 25 (Hendersonville Road) will be reduced from 45 miles per hour to 35 miles per hour. This speed limit change is aimed at improving the safety of motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians through the Asheville Corridor.

February 29, 2012
Blue Ridge Parkway Brings Money and Jobs to the Region
The Parkway's economic value to the region is confirmed by a new National Park Service report.

December 19, 2011
Blue Ridge Parkway Motor Road and Alternative Uses
There is nothing in the General Management Plan (GMP) Preferred Alternative that precludes any existing uses from continuing, or precludes the consideration of new uses.

September 21, 2011
New Segment Added to Overmountain Victory Trail
The new section will be dedicated on September 29 at Hefner Gap Overlook.

August 16, 2011
FONSI Issued for Progress Energy Carolinas Right-Of-Way Permit
The NPS has determined that the proposed project will not significantly affect the human environment within the project area

May 10, 2011
Parkway Opens Roots of American Music Exhibition
The official ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place on Friday, May 27, 2011, followed by a weekend of musical celebration.

April 19, 2011
Blue Ridge Parkway Chief Landscape Architect Receives Top Honor
Gary Johnson receives national award for excellence in cultural resource management.

February 19, 2010
New Firearms Regulations
New regulations go into effect on February 22.

September 14, 2009
Parkway Promotes Virginia Cycling and Pedestrian Awareness Week
The Parkway joins DRIVE SMART Virginia, Bicke Walk Virginia, and the Virginia Highway Safety Office to promote safety.

April 08, 2009
Parkway Announces Results of Visitor Survey
The Blue Ridge Parkway visitor survey results are now available to the public.

July 02, 2008
Parkway Etiquette Promotes Visitor Safety
Parkway staff reminds visitors of road etiquette that can help reduce accidents.

November 09, 2006
Donation Box Unveiled at Folk Art Center
The Parkway's first donation box at the Folk Art Center will help provide support for a variety of programs.

September 28, 2006
Parkway Seeks Neighbors Help to Control Non-native Plants
Parkway neighbors can assist in exotic species control.

Last updated: July 5, 2016

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