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. Real-time road closing/opening information is available at www.nps.gov/maps/blri/road-closures.

 

2016 Spring/Summer Facility Schedule

Campgrounds

Open first come, first served with self-registration through May 14; Reservations available on www.recreation.gov starting May 15.

Milepost Campground Open Date Notes
60.8 Otter Creek Campground May 6 Full services available.
85.6 Peaks of Otter Campground May 6 Full services available.
167.1 Rocky Knob Campground May 6 Full services available.
239.2 Doughton Park Campground May 6 RV loop and one tent camping loop open for season.
296.9 Price Park Campground April 1 Self-registration and Loop A only, open April 1 - May 5. Full services available after May 5.
316.4 Linville Falls Campground April 1 Self-registration April 1 - May 5. Full services available after May 5. Trout waters open 7:00 a.m. on April 2.
339.5 Crabtree Falls Campground May 6 Full services available.
408.8 Mount Pisgah Campground May 6 Full services available.
 

Concession Facilities

Milepost Concession Open Date Notes
85.6 Peaks of Otter Lodge March 18 Full services available; Sharp Top bus service begins May 7; Peaks Country Store open April 9; Visit peaksofotter.com for more information.
176.2 Mabry Mill Restaurant & Gift Shop April 29 Visit mabrymillrestaurant.com for more information.
258.7 Northwest Trading Post April 18 Visit facebook.com/profile.php?id=531619223549658 for more information.
294 Parkway Craft Center at the Moses Cone Manor March 15 Visit southernhighlandguild.org for more information.
296.9 Price Park Boat Rental April 1 Visit pricelakeboatrentals.wix.com/blueridgeparkway for more information.
382.2 Folk Art Center Open Year Round Visit southernhighlandguild.org for more information.
408.8 Pisgah Inn & Restaurant April 1 Visit pisgahinn.com for more information.
 

Picnic Areas

Milepost Picnic Area Open Date Notes
8.5 Humpback Rocks Picnic Area April 15 Portable toilets available prior to May 5
63.6 James River Picnic Area April 15 Portable toilets available prior to May 5
85.6 Peaks of Otter Picnic Area April 15 Portable toilets available prior to May 5
120.4 Roanoke Mountain Picnic Area April 15 Portable toilets available prior to May 5. Sunday Mountain Music programs begin May 29, 7:00 PM-8:00 PM
154.5 Smart View Picnic Area April 15 Portable toilets available prior to May 5
169 Rocky Knob Picnic Area April 15 Portable toilets available prior to May 5
188.8 Groundhog Picnic Area April 15 Portable toilets available prior to May 5
217.5 Cumberland Knob Picnic Area April 15 Portable toilets available prior to May 5
241.1 Doughton Park Picnic Area April 15 Portable toilets available prior to May 5
271.9 Jeffress Park Picnic Area April 15 Portable toilets available prior to May 5
296.4 Price Park Picnic Area Open Year Round Portable toilets available prior to May 5
316.4 Linville Falls Picnic Area April 3 April 2 (12:00 noon) - May 5, one loop open with comfort station. Full services for entire area available beginning May 5.
340.2 Crabtree Falls Picnic Area April 15 Portable toilets available prior to May 5
367.6 Craggy Gardens Picnic Area April 15 Portable toilets available prior to May 5
407.8 Mount Pisgah Picnic Area April 15 Portable toilets available prior to May 5
 

Visitor Centers & Areas of Interest

Milepost Visitor Center/Area Open Date Notes
5.8 Humpback Rocks Visitor Center April 29 Open Daily, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
5.8 Humpback Rocks Farm May 27 Open Daily, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM; Weekend farm-life demonstrations
63.6 James River Visitor Center May 27 Open Wed.-Sun. 10:00 AM-5:00 PM weekdays; 9:00 AM-5:00 PM on weekends
85.6 Peaks of Otter Visitor Center May 6 Open Daily, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
85.6 Nature Center May 27 Open Daily, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM (with 1 hour closure at noon)
85.6 Johnson Farm May 13 Open Thurs.-Mon., 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
169 Rocky Knob Visitor Center
May 7

Open Sat.-Sun.,10:00 AM-5:00 PM
176.2 Mabry Mill Cultural Site May 7
Open 10:00 AM-4:00 PM Sat.-Sun. only through May 22; Open daily beginning May 28; Weekly music begins May 29.
213 Blue Ridge Music Center May 7 Open 10:00 AM-5:00 PM Thurs.-Mon. through May 23, with mid-day Mountain Music daily from noon-4:00 PM; Open daily beginning May 26; Concert Season begins May 21, visit blueridgemusiccenter.org for more information.
238.5 Brinegar Cabin May 7 Open Sat.-Sun. only, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM (including holidays); Special request programs may be available during the week by calling (540) 745-9680.
294 Moses Cone Manor House April 15 Open Fri-Sun 10:00 AM-5:00 PM; Open daily beginning April 29; Also see Concession Facility note.
304.4 Linn Cove Visitor Center April 29 Open Daily, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
316.4 Linville Falls Visitor Center April 29 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 15 Open 10:00 AM-4:00 PM Fri.-Sun. through May 1; Open daily beginning May 2; Beginning May 22 open until 5:00 PM
382.2 Folk Art Center Open Year Round Open Daily, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM/6:00 PM
384.5 Asheville Visitor Center Open Year Round Open Daily, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
451.2 Waterrock Knob Visitor Center April 29 Open Daily, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

199 Hemphill Knob Rd
Asheville, NC 28803

Phone:

(828) 348-3400
This number is the main park headquarters line. A recorded park information line at (828)298-0398 has the most updated information on facilities schedules, bloom and leaf information.

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