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.

Facility operating schedules are subject to change due to adverse weather conditions and other uncontrollable factors. Information is available at www.nps.gov/maps/blri/road-closures.

Mask requirements vary along the parkway based on local conditions, published weekly by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Check current status.

 

Visitor Centers & Areas of Interest


Operating schedules are subject to change.
Milepost Visitor Center/Area 2024 Operating Dates Notes
5.8 Humpback Rocks Visitor Center Friday, April 26 - Sunday, November 3 Visitors may take self-guided tours of the grounds. Visitor center open daily, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
63.6 James River Visitor Center Friday, May 22 - Sunday, November 3 Visitors may take self-guided tours of the canal lock system and the Trail of Trees. Before September 24, Visitor Center open Thursday - Sunday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
85.6 Peaks of Otter Visitor Center Friday, April 26 - Sunday, November 3 Visitor center open Thursday - Monday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
85.6 Johnson Farm Grounds open year-round Visitors may take self-guided tours of the grounds. Farmhouse is closed for the winter.
169 Rocky Knob Visitor Center Saturday, June 1 - Sunday, November 3 Visitor center open Friday - Monday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
176.2 Mabry Mill Cultural Site Grounds open year-round / VC open Friday, April 26 - Sunday, November 3 Visitors may take self-guided tours of the grounds.
213 Blue Ridge Music Center Friday, April 26 - Sunday, November 3 From April 28 through May, visitor center open Thursday - Sunday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. After Memorial Day, open daily.Visit blueridgemusiccenter.org for more information.
238.5 Brinegar Cabin Grounds open year-round Visitors may take self-guided tours of the grounds.
241.1 Doughton Park Visitor Center Friday, April 26 - Sunday, November 3 Visitor center open daily, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
294 Moses Cone Manor House Friday, April 12 - Sunday, December 1 Manor House, including book store and Southern Highland Craft Guild, open daily 10:00 AM-5:00PM (May-October). In April and November operating hours are Wed-Sun 10:00 AM-4:00PM. Carriage trails open year round.
304.4 Linn Cove Visitor Center Closed Closed due to building repair work.
316.4 Linville Falls Visitor Center Friday, April 26 - Sunday, November 3 Visitor center open daily, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
330.9 North Carolina Museum of Minerals Friday, April 12 - Sunday, November 3 Visitor center open daily, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
364.5 Craggy Gardens Visitor Center Friday, April 19 - Sunday, November 12 Visitor center open daily, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
382.2 Folk Art Center Open Year-round Open daily 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Subject to temporary closures due to winter weather.
384.5 Asheville Visitor Center Open Year-round Open daily 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Subject to temporary closures due to winter weather.
451.2 Waterrock Knob Visitor Center Friday, April 12 - Monday, November 11 Visitor center open daily, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
 

Campgrounds

Operating schedules are subject to change. Firewood regulations are in effect. More information about park campgrounds here. All campgrounds are closed during winter, typically from November - April.

Milepost Campground 2024 Operating Dates Notes
60.8 Otter Creek Campground Friday, May 24, 2024 - Monday, October 28, 2024
85.6 Peaks of Otter Campground Friday, May 24, 2024 - Monday, October 28, 2024
167.1 Rocky Knob Campground Friday, May 24, 2024 - Monday, October 28, 2024
239.2 Doughton Park Campground Friday, May 24, 2024 - Monday, October 28, 2024
296.9 Price Park Campground A Loop - Friday, April 5, 2024 - Monday, October 28, 2024;
Remaining loops Friday, May 24, 2024 - Monday, October 28, 2024

316.4 Linville Falls Campground Friday, April 5, 2024 - Monday, October 28, 2024
339.5 Crabtree Falls Campground Friday, May 24, 2024 - Monday, October 28, 2024
408.8 Mount Pisgah Campground Friday, May 24, 2024 - Monday, October 28, 2024
 

In-Park Stores, Restaurants, Lodging, and More

Operating schedules are subject to change.

Milepost Concession 2024 Operating Dates Notes
85.6 Peaks of Otter Lodge and Restaurant Friday, April 26, 2024 - Sunday, November 3, 2024 Buffet Breakfast Daily 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Lunch Daily 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Dinner Daily 4:30 PM - 9 PM
Visit peaksofotter.com for operating dates and reservation information.
85.6 Peaks of Otter Country Store Saturday, May 25, 2024 - Sunday, October 27, 2024 Wed - Sun 10 AM - 4 PM
See peaksofotter.com for schedule details
85.6 Sharp Top Shuttle at Peaks of Otter Friday, April 26, 2024 - Sunday, November 3, 2024 Mon - Sun 9 AM - 5 PM
Operating days vary by season. See peaksofotter.com for details of the schedule.
85.6 Sharp Top Store Friday, April 26, 2024 - Sunday, November 3, 2024 Mon - Sun 9:30 AM - 5 PM
See peaksofotter.com for schedule details
176.2 Mabry Mill Restaurant & Gift Shop Closed for the 2024 season. Visit mabrymillrestaurant.com for additional information.
241.1 Bluffs Restaurant Coming soon! Please visit www.bluffsrestaurant.org for operating schedule.
258.7 Northwest Trading Post Closed for the 2024 season.
294 Southern Highland Craft Guild at the Moses Cone Manor Friday, April 12, 2024 - Saturday, November 30, 2024 In April and November, open Weds-Sun 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM.
May-October open daily 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
Visit Southern Highland Craft Guild for more information.
296.9 Price Park Boat Rental May - September 2024 (weekends in April and October) May - September, open Monday-Friday 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM and Sat-Sun 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
April and October Weekends, open Fri - Sun, 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Weather dependent
See www.pricelakeboatrentals.com for schedule details.
382.2 Folk Art Center Year Round Daily 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Visit craftguild.org for more information and operating hours.
408.8 Pisgah Inn & Restaurant Monday, April 1, 2024 - Thursday, October 31, 2024 Front Desk open 24/7, Restaurant open:
Breakfast - 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Lunch - 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Dinner - 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Dining room seating is by reservation, room guests get first preference.
Visit pisgahinn.com for more information.
 

Picnic Areas

Operating schedules are subject to change.

Milepost Picnic Area
2024 Operating Dates
Notes
8.5 Humpback Rocks Picnic Area Open year round No services available in winter
63.6 James River Picnic Area Open year round No services available in winter
85.6 Peaks of Otter Picnic Area Friday, May 10, 2024 - Monday, November 4, 2024
120.4 Roanoke Mountain Picnic Area Open year round
154.5 Smart View Picnic Area Friday, May 10, 2024 - Monday, November 4, 2024
169 Rocky Knob Picnic Area Friday, May 10, 2024 - Monday, November 4, 2024
188.8 Groundhog Picnic Area Friday, May 10, 2024 - Monday, November 4, 2024
217.5 Cumberland Knob Picnic Area Friday, May 10, 2024 - Monday, November 4, 2024
241.1 Doughton Park Picnic Area Friday, May 10, 2024 - Monday, November 4, 2024
271.9 Jeffress Park Picnic Area Closed due to road construction. No services available in winter
296.4 Price Park Picnic Area Open year round No services available in winter
316.4 Linville Falls Picnic Area Open year round No services available in winter
340.2 Crabtree Falls Picnic Area Friday, May 10, 2024 - Monday, November 4, 2024
367.6 Craggy Gardens Picnic Area Friday, May 10, 2024 - Monday, November 4, 2024
407.8 Mount Pisgah Picnic Area Friday, May 10, 2024 - Monday, November 4, 2024

Last updated: April 17, 2024

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