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.

 

2017 Facility Schedule

Campgrounds

Advance reservations available on www.recreation.gov starting May 15. Advance reservations may be made for camping through October 28th. Last night for camping is October 29th--campgrounds will close at noon the following day. During the last weekend in October, all campgrounds operate on a first-come, first-served basis.

Milepost Campground 2017 Operating Dates* Notes
60.8 Otter Creek Campground May 5 - Oct 30
85.6 Peaks of Otter Campground May 5 - Oct 30
167.1 Rocky Knob Campground May 5 - Oct 30
239.2 Doughton Park Campground May 5 - Oct 30 RV loop and one tent camping loop open for season.
296.9 Price Park Campground April 1 - Oct 30
316.4 Linville Falls Campground April 1 - Oct 30
339.5 Crabtree Falls Campground May 5 - Oct 30
408.8 Mount Pisgah Campground May 5 - Oct 30

* 2017 Operating dates are tentative.
 

Concession Facilities

Milepost Concession 2017 Operating Dates Notes
85.6 Peaks of Otter Lodge March 17-Nov 27 Full services available through Nov 27; open weekends during the winter. Sharp Top bus service runs through Oct 29. Peaks Country Store open through Oct 29. Visit peaksofotter.com for more information.
176.2 Mabry Mill Restaurant & Gift Shop April 28-Nov 6 Visit mabrymillrestaurant.com for more information.
258.7 Northwest Trading Post April 15-Oct 31 Visit goo.gl/HmvaKV for more information.
294 Parkway Craft Center at the Moses Cone Manor March 15-Nov 30 Visit craftguild.org for more information.
296.9 Price Park Boat Rental May12-Sept 4 Visit pricelakeboatrentals.com for more information.
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

Gates remain open year round, weather permitting, however no water or facilities are available after Oct. 30, 2017
Milepost Picnic Area 2017 Operating Dates Notes
8.5 Humpback Rocks Picnic Area April 15-Oct 30
63.6 James River Picnic Area April 15-Oct 30
85.6 Peaks of Otter Picnic Area April 15-Oct 30
120.4 Roanoke Mountain Picnic Area April 15-Oct 30
154.5 Smart View Picnic Area April 15-Oct 30
169 Rocky Knob Picnic Area April 15-Oct 30
188.8 Groundhog Picnic Area April 15-Oct 30
217.5 Cumberland Knob Picnic Area April 15-Oct 30
241.1 Doughton Park Picnic Area April 15-Oct 30
271.9 Jeffress Park Picnic Area April 15-Oct 30
296.4 Price Park Picnic Area Open Year Round Portable toilets available after Oct 30
316.4 Linville Falls Picnic Area April 3-Oct 30
340.2 Crabtree Falls Picnic Area April 15-Oct 30
367.6 Craggy Gardens Picnic Area April 15-Oct 30
407.8 Mount Pisgah Picnic Area April 15-Oct 30
 

Visitor Centers & Areas of Interest

Milepost Visitor Center/Area 2017 Opening Dates* Notes
5.8 Humpback Rocks Visitor Center May 5 Open daily, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
5.8 Humpback Rocks Farm May 13 Monday-Friday 10:00 AM-5:00 PM; Saturday-Sunday 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
63.6 James River Visitor Center May 5 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 5 Open Wednesday-Sunday 10:00 AM-5:00 PM until May 24th. Open daily 10:00 AM-5:00 PM after May 24th.
85.6 Johnson Farm May 12 Thursday-Monday 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
169 Rocky Knob Visitor Center
May 5
Open Sat.-Sun.,10:00 AM-5:00 PM May 6-28. Open Thursday-Monday,10:00 AM-5:00 PM beginning June 1.
176.2 Mabry Mill Cultural Site May 5 Open 10:00 AM-5:00 PM. Sat.-Sun. only through May 27; Open daily beginning May 28; Weekly music begins May 28.
213 Blue Ridge Music Center May 5 Open 10:00 AM-5:00 PM. Sat.-Sun. only through May 27; Open daily beginning May 28; Weekly music begins May 28, visit blueridgemusiccenter.org for more information.
238.5 Brinegar Cabin May 5 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 14 Open Fri-Sun 10:00 AM-5:00 PM. through Apr 27; Open daily beginning April 29. Note the Southern Highlands Craft Guild store will be open daily from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM beginning March 15
304.4 Linn Cove Visitor Center May 5 Open Daily, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
316.4 Linville Falls Visitor Center May 5 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 14 Open 10:00 AM-4:00 PM Fri. - Sun. through Apr 30; Open daily beginning May 1, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
382.2 Folk Art Center Open Year Round Open Daily, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM through December; 9:00 AM-5:00 PM 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 14 Open 10:00 AM-4:00 PM Fri. - Sun. through Apr 30; Open daily beginning May 1, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM


*Opening dates are tentative.

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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