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.

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

Mask requirements vary along the parkway based on local conditions, published weekly by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Check current status.

 

Visitor Centers & Areas of Interest


*Operating schedules are subject to change.
Milepost Visitor Center/Area 2022 Operating Dates Notes
5.8 Humpback Rocks Visitor Center May 27-Oct 31* Visitor center is generally open from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM daily, however hours may vary from this occasionally to 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Visitors may take self-guided tours of the mountain farm grounds. Historic buildings are currently closed.
63.6 James River Visitor Center Currently closed Visitors may take self-guided tours of the canal lock system and the Trail of Trees. Visitor center is currently closed and will reopen later in the summer.
85.6 Peaks of Otter Visitor Center April 29-Oct 31* Visitor center and museum store are open Thursday-Monday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
85.6 Johnson Farm Grounds open Visitors may take self-guided tours of the grounds. Farmhouse is open from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Thursday-Monday.
169 Rocky Knob Visitor Center Closed
176.2 Mabry Mill Cultural Site Grounds open Visitors may tour the grounds. Interiors of historic structures are closed for winter.
213 Blue Ridge Music Center April 29 - Oct 30* Visit blueridgemusiccenter.org for more information.
238.5 Brinegar Cabin Grounds open Visitors may tour the grounds. Historic structures are closed for winter.
241.1 Doughton Park Visitor Center May 13-Oct 31* Open daily 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
294 Moses Cone Manor House April 15-Nov 27* House open Weds-Sun 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM through May. Beginning June 1, open daily 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Carriage trails open year round.
304.4 Linn Cove Visitor Center Closed Closed due to building repair work
316.4 Linville Falls Visitor Center April 29-Oct 31* Open daily 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
330.9 North Carolina Museum of Minerals Open Year-round Open Friday - Tuesday 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM (closed for lunch 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM). Closed Wednesday and Thursday. Closed June 13-14.
364.5 Craggy Gardens Visitor Center April 15 - Nov 13* Open daily 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM from May 27 - Oct 30. From Oct 31 - Nov 13, open daily 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
382.2 Folk Art Center Open Year-round Open daily 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Subject to temporary closures due to winter weather.
384.5 Asheville Visitor Center Open Year-round Open daily 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
451.2 Waterrock Knob Visitor Center April 15-Nov 13* Open daily 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM from May 27 - Oct 30. From Oct 31 - Nov 13, open daily 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
 

Campgrounds

Operating schedules are subject to change. Firewood regulations are in effect. All campgrounds are closed during winter, typically from November - April.

Milepost Campground 2022 Operating Dates Notes
60.8 Otter Creek Campground May 27 - Oct 30 Reservations available on www.recreation.gov for May 27-Oct 30.
85.6 Peaks of Otter Campground May 27 -Oct 30 Reservations available on www.recreation.gov for May 27 - Oct 30.
167.1 Rocky Knob Campground May 27 -Oct 30 Reservations available on www.recreation.gov for May 27 - Oct 30.
239.2 Doughton Park Campground May 27 -Oct 30

Reservations available on www.recreation.gov for May 27 -Oct 30.

296.9 Price Park Campground May 27 -Oct 30

Reservations available on www.recreation.gov for May 27 - Oct 30. During the reservation season, campsites on Loop A are available by reservation only.

316.4 Linville Falls Campground April 1 - Oct 30 April 1 - May 26 first-come, first served. Reservations available on www.recreation.gov for May 27 - Oct 30.
339.5 Crabtree Falls Campground May 27 -Oct 30 Reservations available on www.recreation.gov for May 27 - Oct 30.
408.8 Mount Pisgah Campground May 27 -Oct 30 Reservations available on www.recreation.gov for May 27 - Oct 30.
 

In-Park Stores, Restaurants, Lodging, and More

Operating schedules are subject to change.

Milepost Concession 2022 Operating Dates Notes
85.6 Peaks of Otter Lodge and Restaurant May 1 - Nov 6 Visit peaksofotter.com for operating dates and reservation information.
85.6 Peaks of Otter Country Store May 27 - Oct 30
See peaksofotter.com for schedule
See peaksofotter.com for schedule details
85.6 Sharp Top Shuttle at Peaks of Otter May 27 - Oct 30 Operating days vary by season. See peaksofotter.com for details of the schedule.
85.6 Sharp Top Store May 27 - Oct 30 See peaksofotter.com for schedule details
176.2 Mabry Mill Restaurant & Gift Shop April 29 - Nov 6 Visit mabrymillrestaurant.com for additional information. Mabry Mill Restaurant will be closed Aug 30-Sept 3.
241.1 Bluffs Restaurant May 20 - Nov 13 Please visit www.bluffsrestaurant.org for operating schedule.
258.7 Northwest Trading Post April 15 - Oct 31 Wedsnesday - Sunday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Closed Monday - Tuesday. Visit Northwest Trading Post for additional information.
294 Southern Highland Craft Guild at the Moses Cone Manor April 15 - Nov 27 Operating hours vary by season. April through May, open Weds-Sun 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. June through Oct, open daily 10:00 AM-5:00 PM. In November, open Weds-Sun 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. Visit Southern Highland Craft Guild for more information.
296.9 Price Park Boat Rental April 8 - Oct 31 Weekends only in April through mid-May and in 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.

Milepost Picnic Area
2022 Operating Dates
Notes
8.5 Humpback Rocks Picnic Area Open year round No services available in winter
63.6 James River Picnic Area Open year round No services available in winter
85.6 Peaks of Otter Picnic Area May 13 - October 31
120.4 Roanoke Mountain Picnic Area Open year round
154.5 Smart View Picnic Area May 13 - October 31
169 Rocky Knob Picnic Area May 13 - October 31
188.8 Groundhog Picnic Area May 13 - October 31
217.5 Cumberland Knob Picnic Area May 13 - October 31
241.1 Doughton Park Picnic Area May 13 - October 31
271.9 Jeffress Park Picnic Area Open year round No services available in winter
296.4 Price Park Picnic Area Open year round No services available in winter
316.4 Linville Falls Picnic Area Open year round No services available in winter
340.2 Crabtree Falls Picnic Area May 13 - October 31
367.6 Craggy Gardens Picnic Area May 13 - October 31
407.8 Mount Pisgah Picnic Area May 13 - October 31

Last updated: June 28, 2022

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