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 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 30th--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 2016 Operating Dates Notes
60.8 Otter Creek Campground May 6 - Oct 31
85.6 Peaks of Otter Campground May 6 - Oct 31
167.1 Rocky Knob Campground May 6 - Oct 31
239.2 Doughton Park Campground May 6 - Oct 31 RV loop and one tent camping loop open for season.
296.9 Price Park Campground April 1 - Oct 31
316.4 Linville Falls Campground April 1 - Oct 31
339.5 Crabtree Falls Campground May 6 - Oct 31
408.8 Mount Pisgah Campground May 6 - Oct 31
 

Concession Facilities

Milepost Concession 2016 Operating Dates Notes
85.6 Peaks of Otter Lodge March 18-Nov 28 Full services available through Nov 28; open weekends during the winter. Sharp Top bus service runs through Oct 30. Peaks Country Store open through Oct 30. Visit peaksofotter.com for more information.
176.2 Mabry Mill Restaurant & Gift Shop April 29-Oct 31 Visit mabrymillrestaurant.com for more information.
258.7 Northwest Trading Post April 18-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 April 1-Oct 30 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, 2016
Milepost Picnic Area 2016 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 2016 Operating Dates Notes
5.8 Humpback Rocks Visitor Center April 29-Oct 30 Open Daily, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
5.8 Humpback Rocks Farm May 27-Oct 28 Open Daily, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM; Weekend farm-life demonstrations
63.6 James River Visitor Center May 27-Oct 30 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-Oct 30 Open Daily, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
85.6 Peaks of Otter Nature Center May 27-Oct 30 Open Daily, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM (with 1 hour closure at noon)
85.6 Johnson Farm May 13-Oct 2
169 Rocky Knob Visitor Center
May 7-Oct 30

Open Sat.-Sun.,10:00 AM-5:00 PM
176.2 Mabry Mill Cultural Site May 7-Oct 30
Demonstrations and cabin open daily 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
213 Blue Ridge Music Center May 7-Oct 30 Mid-day Mountain Music concerts through Oct. 30, visit blueridgemusiccenter.org for more information.
238.5 Brinegar Cabin May 7-Oct 30 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-Nov 27 Open daily 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. through Sunday, Oct. 30; then open 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Fri, Sat and Sun through Nov. 27. See Concession Facility note.
304.4 Linn Cove Visitor Center April 29-Oct 30 Open Daily, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
316.4 Linville Falls Visitor Center April 29-Oct 30 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-Nov 13 Open 10:00 AM-5:00 PM through Oct. 29; then open 10:00 AM-4:00 PM daily through Nov 13.
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 29-Nov 13 Open Daily, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM through Oct. 29; then open 1:00-4:00 PM Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Nov 13.

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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