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


Visitor center operating schedules are subject to change.
Milepost Visitor Center/Area 2019 Operating Dates Notes
5.8 Humpback Rocks Visitor Center April 26 - Nov 3 Open daily, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The farm at Humpback Rocks is closed from noon-1:00 PM on Monday-Thursday for lunch.
63.6 James River Visitor Center May 24 - Nov 3 Open Wednesday-Sunday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Closed 30 minutes for lunch between noon and 1:00 PM
85.6 Peaks of Otter Visitor Center May 3 - Nov 3 Open Thurs - Monday through May 15. Open daily beginning May 16, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
85.6 Johnson Farm May 9 - Sept 30 Grounds around farm open for self-guided tours. Buildings open Thursday-Monday, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
169 Rocky Knob Visitor Center May 25 - Oct 28 Open Thursday-Monday, 10:00 AM.- 5:00 PM. Closed Tues-Weds.
176.2 Mabry Mill Cultural Site May 25 - Nov 3 Open daily 10:00 AM.- 5:30 PM. Music on Sunday afternoons from 1:00-4:00 PM during summer and fall.
213 Blue Ridge Music Center May 4 - Nov 3 Open Thursday- Monday until May 24, 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 25 - Nov 3 Open Saturday-Sunday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
241.1 Doughton Park Visitor Center April 26 - Nov 3 Open Thursday-Monday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Closed Tues-Weds.
294 Moses Cone Manor House April 5 - Nov 30 The Craft shop is open 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM daily through November 30; The bookstore is open daily through November 11.
304.4 Linn Cove Visitor Center May 3 - Nov 3 Open daily, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
316.4 Linville Falls Visitor Center April 26 - 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

Firewood regulations are in effect. Campground operating schedules are subject to change.

Milepost Campground 2019 Operating Dates Notes
60.8 Otter Creek Campground May 17 - Nov 3 Reservations available on www.recreation.gov for May 17 - Oct 31.
85.6 Peaks of Otter Campground May 17 - Nov 3 Reservations available on www.recreation.gov for May 17 - Oct 31.
167.1 Rocky Knob Campground May 17 - Nov 3 Reservations available on www.recreation.gov for May 17 - Oct 31.
239.2 Doughton Park Campground May 17 - Nov 3 Reservations available on www.recreation.gov for May 17 - Oct 31.
296.9 Price Park Campground April 5 - Nov 3 Reservations are available on recreation.gov for May 17 - October 31. From April 5 - May 17, only Loop A will be open, first come first served.
316.4 Linville Falls Campground April 5 - Nov 3 Reservations are available on recreation.gov for May 17 - October 31. From April 5 - May 17, all sites are first come first served.
339.5 Crabtree Falls Campground May 17 - Nov 3 Open first come, first served. Reservations not available.
408.8 Mount Pisgah Campground May 17 - Nov 3 Reservations available on www.recreation.gov for May 17 - Oct 31.
 

Concession Facilities

Milepost Concession 2019 Operating Dates Notes
85.6 Peaks of Otter Lodge and Restaurant April 1 - Dec 1 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 May 4 - Nov 3 See peaksofotter.com for schedule
85.6 Sharp Top Store See peaksofotter.com for schedule
176.2 Mabry Mill Restaurant & Gift Shop April 26 - Nov 3 Visit mabrymillrestaurant.com for more information.
258.7 Northwest Trading Post April 15 - Nov 3 Visit www.sallymaesgifts.com for more information.
294 Parkway Craft Center at the Moses Cone Manor April 5 - Nov. 30 Visit craftguild.org for more information.
296.9 Price Park Boat Rental April 5 - Oct 31 Open weekends only in spring and fall. See pricelakeboatrentals.wix.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
2019 Operating Dates
Notes
8.5 Humpback Rocks Picnic Area May 17-Oct 28
63.6 James River Picnic Area May 17-Oct 28
85.6 Peaks of Otter Picnic Area May 17-Oct 28
120.4 Roanoke Mountain Picnic Area May 17-Oct 28
154.5 Smart View Picnic Area May 17-Oct 28
169 Rocky Knob Picnic Area May 17-Oct 28
188.8 Groundhog Picnic Area May 17-Oct 28
217.5 Cumberland Knob Picnic Area May 17-Oct 28
241.1 Doughton Park Picnic Area May 17-Oct 28
271.9 Jeffress Park Picnic Area May 17-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 17-Oct 28
367.6 Craggy Gardens Picnic Area May 17-Oct 28 Portable toilets available in off season from late October to mid-May
407.8 Mount Pisgah Picnic Area May 17-Oct 28

Last updated: September 10, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

199 Hemphill Knob Rd
Asheville, NC 28803

Phone:

(828) 348-3400

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