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. New firewood regulations will be effective on May 1, 2017.

Milepost Campground 2017 Closing Date Notes
60.8 Otter Creek Campground Oct. 30 Reservations available on recreation.gov.
85.6 Peaks of Otter Campground Oct. 30 Reservations available on recreation.gov.
167.1 Rocky Knob Campground Oct. 30 Reservations available on recreation.gov.
239.2 Doughton Park Campground Oct. 30 Reservations available on recreation.gov.
296.9 Price Park Campground Oct. 30 Reservations available on recreation.gov .
316.4 Linville Falls Campground Oct. 30 Reservations available on recreation.gov
339.5 Crabtree Falls Campground Oct. 30 Open first come, first served. Reservations not available.
408.8 Mount Pisgah Campground Oct. 30 Reservations available on recreation.gov
 

Concession Facilities

Milepost Concession 2017 Closing Dates Notes
85.6 Peaks of Otter Lodge Open weekends only after Nov. 27 Visit peaksofotter.com for more information.
85.6 Peaks of Otter Country Store Oct. 29 Open 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM daily through October 29.
85.6 Sharp Top Shuttle at Peaks of Otter Oct. 29 Shuttle Bus runs hourly, on the hour between 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. through October 29, weather permitting.
176.2 Mabry Mill Restaurant & Gift Shop Nov. 6 Visit mabrymillrestaurant.com for more information.
258.7 Northwest Trading Post Nov. 5 Visit goo.gl/HmvaKV for more information.
294 Parkway Craft Center at the Moses Cone Manor Nov. 30 Visit craftguild.org for more information.
296.9 Price Park Boat Rental Oct. 29 Open Fri.-Sun. 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM through October. 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 Oct. 31 Visit pisgahinn.com for more information.
 

Picnic Areas

Most picnic areas will be closed at the end of October with no facilities or water. A few picnic areas will remain open and accessible depending on weather conditions as noted below.
Milepost Picnic Area 2017 Closing Dates Notes
8.5 Humpback Rocks Picnic Area Nov/Dec Picnic Area will remain accessible with portable toilets available until Nov/Dec depending upon weather conditions.
63.6 James River Picnic Area Oct 29
85.6 Peaks of Otter Picnic Area Nov/Dec Picnic Area will remain accessible with portable toilets available until Nov/Dec depending upon weather conditions.
120.4 Roanoke Mountain Picnic Area Oct. 30 Roanoke Mtn Music Sunday Series concerts Sept 3 - Oct 22 begin at 5:00 p.m.
154.5 Smart View Picnic Area Oct. 30
169 Rocky Knob Picnic Area Oct. 30
188.8 Groundhog Picnic Area Oct. 30
217.5 Cumberland Knob Picnic Area Oct. 23 Picnic Area will close one week earlier than others for a paving project.
241.1 Doughton Park Picnic Area Oct. 30
271.9 Jeffress Park Picnic Area Oct. 30 Portable toilets available year round
296.4 Price Park Picnic Area Open Year Round Portable toilets available year round
316.4 Linville Falls Picnic Area Loop 1 Open Year Round Portable toilets available year round
340.2 Crabtree Falls Picnic Area Oct. 30
367.6 Craggy Gardens Picnic Area Oct. 30 Portable toilets available until Nov/Dec.
407.8 Mount Pisgah Picnic Area Oct. 30 Portable toilets available beginning April 1; full services beginning May 19
 

Visitor Centers & Areas of Interest

Visitor facilties and areas of interest below remain open through the date listed under the "2017 Closing Dates" column.

Milepost Visitor Center/Area 2017 Closing Dates Notes
5.8 Humpback Rocks Visitor Center Oct. 29 Open Daily 10:00 -5:00 PM
Closed from 12:00 - 1:00 PM
5.8 Humpback Rocks Farm Oct. 29 Open Fri. - Tues. 10:00 AM-noon and 1:00-5:00 PM; Weekend farmlife demonstrations
63.6 James River Visitor Center Oct. 29 Open Sat. - Sun. 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Mon - Tues 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Weds - Fri 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Closed daily from 12:00 - 1:00 PM
85.6 Peaks of Otter Visitor Center Oct. 29 Open Daily 10:00 AM- noon and 1:00-5:00 PM
85.6 Johnson Farm Oct. 1
169 Rocky Knob Visitor Center
Oct. 29
Open Friday.-Monday,10:00 AM-5:00 PM.
176.2 Mabry Mill Cultural Site Oct. 29 Open Fri - Tues 10:00 AM-5:00 PM. Sunday afternoon music through Oct 22
213 Blue Ridge Music Center Oct. 29 Open Daily 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Live music jam daily 12-4 PM
Indoor concerts Oct 7 and 21. Visit blueridgemusiccenter.org for more information.
238.5 Brinegar Cabin Oct. 29 Open Sat.-Sun. only, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
241.1 Doughton Park Visitor Center Oct. 29 Open Tues-Sun. 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
294 Moses Cone Manor House Nov. 26 Open daily 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. through Nov. 30, with some programs limited to Fri, Sat & Sun after Nov 12.
304.4 Linn Cove Visitor Center Oct. 29 Open Daily, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
316.4 Linville Falls Visitor Center Oct. 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 (Closed noon-1:00 PM)
364.5 Craggy Gardens Visitor Center Nov. 12 Open Daily 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
382.2 Folk Art Center Open Year Round Open Daily 9:00 AM-6:00 PM through December; Open 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 Nov. 12 Open Daily10:00 AM-5:00 PM

Last updated: November 15, 2017

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Asheville, NC 28803

Phone:

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