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.


Please note, facility operating schedules are subject to change due to adverse weather conditions and other uncontrollable factors. Real-time road closing/opening information is available at www.nps.gov/maps/blri/road-closures.

 

Visitor Centers & Areas of Interest

Milepost Visitor Center/Area 2018 Operating Dates Notes
5.8 Humpback Rocks Visitor Center May 11-Oct 28 Open daily, 10:00 AM.- 5:00 PM
63.6 James River Visitor Center Will be opening by the end of June.
85.6 Peaks of Otter Visitor Center May 11-Oct 28 Open Friday-Sunday, 10:00 AM.- 5:00 PM until May 20. Open daily beginning May 23.
85.6 Johnson Farm May 5-Sept 30 Open Thursday-Monday, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
169 Rocky Knob Visitor Center May 25-Oct 28 Open daily, 10:00 AM.- 5:00 PM
176.2 Mabry Mill Cultural Site May 25-Oct 28 Open Friday-Tuesday, 10:00 AM.- 5:00 PM. Closed Weds-Thurs.
213 Blue Ridge Music Center May 4-Oct 28 Open Thursday- Monday until May 21, 10:00 AM.- 5:00 PM. Closed Tues-Weds. Beginning May 24, the center will be open daily. Visit blueridgemusiccenter.org for more information.
238.5 Brinegar Cabin May 26-Oct 28 Open Saturday-Sunday, 10:00 AM.- 5:00 PM
241.1 Doughton Park Visitor Center April 27-Oct 28 Open Thursday-Monday, 10:00 AM.- 5:00 PM. Closed Tues-Weds.
294 Moses Cone Manor House March 30-Oct 28 Open daily 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Manor House tours and open houses begin in June.
304.4 Linn Cove Visitor Center May 25-Oct 28 Open daily, 10:00 AM.- 5:00 PM
316.4 Linville Falls Visitor Center April 27-Nov 3 Open daily, 10:00 AM.- 5:00 PM
330.9 North Carolina Museum of Minerals Open Year Round Open daily, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
364.5 Craggy Gardens Visitor Center April 13-Nov 11 Open daily, 10:00 AM.- 5:00 PM
382.2 Folk Art Center Open Year Round Open Daily 9:00 AM-6:00 PM in April-December; Open 9:00 AM-5:00 PM in January-March
384.5 Asheville Visitor Center Open Year Round Open daily, 9:00 AM.- 5:00 PM.
451.2 Waterrock Knob Visitor Center April 13-Nov 11 Open daily, 10:00 AM.- 5:00 PM.

 

Campgrounds

Advance reservations available on www.recreation.gov. During the last week in October, all campgrounds operate on a first-come, first-served basis. Last night of camping is October 28, 2018. Campers must check out by noon on October 29. Firewood regulations are in effect.

Milepost Campground 2018 Operating Dates Notes
60.8 Otter Creek Campground May 4-Oct 28 Reservations available on recreation.gov for May 20 - October 20. All sites are first-come, first-served until May 20 and during the last week in October.
85.6 Peaks of Otter Campground May 20-Oct 28 Reservations available on recreation.gov for May 20 - October 20.
167.1 Rocky Knob Campground May 4-Oct 28 Reservations available on recreation.gov for May 20 - October 20. All sites are first-come, first-served until May 20 and during the last week in October.
239.2 Doughton Park Campground May 4-Oct 28 Reservations available on recreation.gov for May 20 - October 20. All sites are first-come, first-served until May 20 and during the last week in October.
296.9 Price Park Campground April 6-Oct 28 Loop A open April 6 - May 4 as first come, first served. All loops open with first come, first served sites from May 4 - May 20. Reservations available on Recreation.gov for May 20 - October 20.
316.4 Linville Falls Campground April 6-Oct 28 Reservations are available on recreation.gov for May 20 - October 20. All sites are first-come, first-served until May 20 and during the last week in October.
339.5 Crabtree Falls Campground May 4-Oct 28 Open first come, first served. Reservations not available.
408.8 Mount Pisgah Campground May 4-Oct 28 Reservations available on recreation.gov for May 20 - October 20. All sites are first-come, first-served until May 20 and during the last week in October.
 

Concession Facilities

Milepost Concession 2018 Operating Dates Notes
85.6 Peaks of Otter Lodge and Restaurant Open year round Visit peaksofotter.com for operating dates and reservation information.
85.6 Peaks of Otter Country Store See peaksofotter.com for schedule
85.6 Sharp Top Shuttle at Peaks of Otter See peaksofotter.com for schedule
85.6 Sharp Top Store See peaksofotter.com for schedule
176.2 Mabry Mill Restaurant & Gift Shop April 27 - Nov 4 Visit mabrymillrestaurant.com for more information.
258.7 Northwest Trading Post April 14 - Oct 31 Visit www.sallymaesgifts.com for more information.
294 Parkway Craft Center at the Moses Cone Manor March 30 - Nov. 30 Visit craftguild.org for more information.
296.9 Price Park Boat Rental See pricelakeboatrentals.com for schedule
382.2 Folk Art Center Open Year Round Visit craftguild.org for more information.
408.8 Pisgah Inn & Restaurant April 1 - Oct 31 Visit pisgahinn.com for more information.
 

Picnic Areas

Milepost Picnic Area
2018 Operating Dates
Notes
8.5 Humpback Rocks Picnic Area May 25-Oct 28
63.6 James River Picnic Area May 25-Oct 28
85.6 Peaks of Otter Picnic Area May 25-Oct 28
120.4 Roanoke Mountain Picnic Area May 25-Oct 28
154.5 Smart View Picnic Area May 25-Oct 28
169 Rocky Knob Picnic Area May 25-Oct 28
188.8 Groundhog Picnic Area May 25-Oct 28
217.5 Cumberland Knob Picnic Area May 25-Oct 28
241.1 Doughton Park Picnic Area May 25-Oct 28
271.9 Jeffress Park Picnic Area May 25-Oct 28 Portable toilets available in off season from late October to mid-May
296.4 Price Park Picnic Area Open Year Round Portable toilets available in off season from late October to mid-May
316.4 Linville Falls Picnic Area April 6-Oct 28 Portable toilets available in off season from late October to mid-May
340.2 Crabtree Falls Picnic Area May 25-Oct 28
367.6 Craggy Gardens Picnic Area May 25-Oct 28 Portable toilets available in off season from late October to mid-May
407.8 Mount Pisgah Picnic Area May 25-Oct 28

Last updated: May 10, 2018

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Mailing Address:

199 Hemphill Knob Rd
Asheville, NC 28803

Phone:

(828) 348-3400

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