Operating Hours & Seasons

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From back country trails and camping, to favorite picnic areas and full service concession operations, the parkway offers visitors a wealth of opportunities to experience the scenic beauty and natural and cultural heritage of the southern Appalachian region.

Operating schedules are subject to change in support of federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. More Info...

Facility operating schedules are also subject to change due to adverse weather conditions and other uncontrollable factors. Road information is available at www.nps.gov/maps/blri/road-closures.

 

Visitor Centers & Areas of Interest


Operating schedules are subject to change due to weather and in support of federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Milepost Visitor Center/Area Tentative
2021 Opening Dates
Notes
5.8 Humpback Rocks Visitor Center Closed for season Visitor center and historic buildings are closed. Visitors may take self-guided tours of the mountain farm grounds.
63.6 James River Visitor Center Closed for season
85.6 Peaks of Otter Visitor Center Closed for season
85.6 Johnson Farm Closed for season Farmhouse is closed. Visitors may take self-guided tours of the grounds.
169 Rocky Knob Visitor Center Closed for season
176.2 Mabry Mill Cultural Site Grounds open Historic structures are closed. Visitors may tour the grounds.
213 Blue Ridge Music Center May 7 Visit blueridgemusiccenter.org for more information.
238.5 Brinegar Cabin Closed for season
241.1 Doughton Park Visitor Center May 14 Open Thursday – Sunday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
294 Moses Cone Manor House April 15 The Southern Highlands Craft Guild store and America's National Parks store will reopen on April 15. In April the stores will be open Thursday-Sunday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. In May, open Wednesday-Sunday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. June through October, open daily 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The remainder of house will be closed. Carriage trails are open.
304.4 Linn Cove Visitor Center Closed for season
316.4 Linville Falls Visitor Center April 30 Open daily 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
330.9 North Carolina Museum of Minerals Open on weekends in winter/spring Limitied services available - visitor Information desk open, park store and exhibit area closed. Through April – open Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (closes for lunch).
364.5 Craggy Gardens Visitor Center April 17 Open daily 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
382.2 Folk Art Center Open Year-round Jan 1 - March 14 open Tuesday - Sunday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM; March 15 - Dec 31 open daily 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
384.5 Asheville Visitor Center Open Year-round Visitor Center open daily 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
451.2 Waterrock Knob Visitor Center April 17 Open daily 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
 

Campgrounds

Operating schedules are subject to change due to weather and in support of federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. Firewood regulations are in effect.

Milepost Campground Tentative
2021 Operating Dates
Notes
60.8 Otter Creek Campground May 28 - Oct 31 Reservations available on www.recreation.gov for May 28-Oct 23. First-come, first-served Oct 24 - Oct 30.
85.6 Peaks of Otter Campground May 28 -Oct 31 Reservations available on www.recreation.gov for May 28 - Oct 23. First-come, first-served Oct 24 - Oct 30.
167.1 Rocky Knob Campground May 28 - Oct 31 Reservations available on www.recreation.gov for May 28 - Oct 23. First-come, first-served Oct 24-Oct 30.
239.2 Doughton Park Campground May 28 - Oct 31

Reservations available on www.recreation.gov for May 28 -Oct 23. First-come, first-served Oct 24 - Oct 30.

296.9 Price Park Campground April 2 - Oct 31

From April 2 - May 28 only Loop A is open, operating on a first-come, first served. During the reservation season, campsites on Loop A are available by reservation only. Reservations available on www.recreation.gov for May 28 - Oct 23. First-come, first-served Oct 24 - Oct 30.

316.4 Linville Falls Campground April 2 - Oct 31 April 2 - May 28 first-come, first served. Reservations available on www.recreation.gov for May 28 - Oct 23. First-come, first-served Oct 24 - Oct 30.
339.5 Crabtree Falls Campground May 28 - Oct 31 Reservations available on www.recreation.gov for May 28 - Oct 23. First-come, first-served Oct 24 - Oct 30.
408.8 Mount Pisgah Campground May 28 - Oct 31 Reservations available on www.recreation.gov for May 28 - Oct 23. First-come, first-served Oct 24 - Oct 30.
 

In-Park Stores, Restaurants, Lodging, and More

Operating schedules are subject to change due to weather and in support of federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Milepost Concession 2021 Tentative Operating Dates Notes
85.6 Peaks of Otter Lodge and Restaurant May 3 - Nov 28 Visit peaksofotter.com for operating dates and reservation information.
85.6 Peaks of Otter Country Store May 29 - Oct 31 See peaksofotter.com for schedule See peaksofotter.com for schedule details
85.6 Sharp Top Shuttle at Peaks of Otter May 29 - Oct 31 Operating days vary by season. See peaksofotter.com for details of the schedule.
85.6 Sharp Top Store May 29 - Oct 31 See peaksofotter.com for schedule details
176.2 Mabry Mill Restaurant & Gift Shop April 30 - Oct 31 Visit mabrymillrestaurant.com for additional information.
241.1 Bluffs Restaurant Reopening Spring 2021 Closed for the 2020 season. Please visit www.bluffsrestaurant.org for updates to the operating schedule.
258.7 Northwest Trading Post April 1 - Oct 31 Open daily 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
294 Southern Highland Craft Guild at the Moses Cone Manor April 15 - Nov 28 Operating hours vary by season. Visit Southern Highland Craft Guild for more information.
296.9 Price Park Boat Rental April 2 - Oct 31 Weekends only in April and Oct. See www.pricelakeboatrentals.com for schedule details.
382.2 Folk Art Center Year Round Visit craftguild.org for more information and operating hours.
408.8 Pisgah Inn & Restaurant April 1 - Oct 31 Visit pisgahinn.com for more information.
 

Picnic Areas

Operating schedules are subject to change due to weather and in support of federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Milepost Picnic Area
Operating Dates
Notes
8.5 Humpback Rocks Picnic Area Open year round, but may be affected by road closures in winter No services available in winter
63.6 James River Picnic Area Closed for winter
85.6 Peaks of Otter Picnic Area Closed for winter
120.4 Roanoke Mountain Picnic Area Closed for winter
154.5 Smart View Picnic Area Closed for winter
169 Rocky Knob Picnic Area Closed for winter
188.8 Groundhog Picnic Area Closed for winter
217.5 Cumberland Knob Picnic Area Closed for winter
241.1 Doughton Park Picnic Area Closed for winter
271.9 Jeffress Park Picnic Area Open year round, but may be affected by road closures in winter No services available in winter
296.4 Price Park Picnic Area Open year round, but may be affected by road closures in winter No services available in winter
316.4 Linville Falls Picnic Area Open year round, but may be affected by road closures in winter No services available in winter
340.2 Crabtree Falls Picnic Area Closed for winter
367.6 Craggy Gardens Picnic Area Closed for winter
407.8 Mount Pisgah Picnic Area Open year round, but may be affected by road closures in winter No services available in winter

Last updated: March 4, 2021

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Mailing Address:

199 Hemphill Knob Rd
Asheville, NC 28803

Phone:

(828) 348-3400

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