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.

Operating schedules are subject to change in support of federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. More Info...

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

 

Visitor Centers & Areas of Interest


Operating schedules are subject to change in a continuing effort to support federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Milepost Visitor Center/Area 2020 Operating Dates Notes
5.8 Humpback Rocks Visitor Center Limited outdoor facilities open Visitor Center and historic buildings are closed. Visitors may take self-guided tours of the mountain farm grounds.
63.6 James River Visitor Center Closed due to COVID-19
85.6 Peaks of Otter Visitor Center Closed due to COVID-19
85.6 Johnson Farm Limited outdoor facilities open Farmhouse is closed. Visitors may take self-guided tours of the grounds.
169 Rocky Knob Visitor Center Closed due to COVID-19
176.2 Mabry Mill Cultural Site Limited outdoor facilities open Historic structures are closed, but visitors may tour the grounds.
213 Blue Ridge Music Center Open until Nov 1 Park Store open Thursday - Sunday from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Closed Mon - Weds. Visit blueridgemusiccenter.org for more information.
238.5 Brinegar Cabin Closed due to COVID-19
241.1 Doughton Park Visitor Center Closed due to COVID-19
294 Moses Cone Manor House July 16 - Nov 29 Craft Shop and Park Store open Thurs-Sun in September; Weds-Sun in October; Thurs-Sun in November. Hours 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Park store open through November 8. Other areas inside the manor house are closed due to COVID-19. The grounds and carriage trails around the house are open.
304.4 Linn Cove Visitor Center Closed due to COVID-19
316.4 Linville Falls Visitor Center Open until Nov 1 Park Store open daily 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (closes for lunch).
330.9 North Carolina Museum of Minerals Open until Nov 1
Open Friday - Sunday, from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (closed for lunch). Closed Mon - Thurs.
364.5 Craggy Gardens Visitor Center Open until Nov 11 Park Store open Thursday - Tuesday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (closes for lunch). Closed Wedsday.
382.2 Folk Art Center Open Year-round Open Tuesday - Sunday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Closed Monday. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
384.5 Asheville Visitor Center Open Year-round Visitor Center open daily 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
451.2 Waterrock Knob Visitor Center Open until Nov 11 Park Store open daily 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (closes for lunch).
 

Campgrounds

Operating schedules are subject to change in a continuing effort to support federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Firewood regulations are in effect.

Milepost Campground 2020 Operating Dates Notes
60.8 Otter Creek Campground Closed until further notice due to COVID-19
85.6 Peaks of Otter Campground July 31- Oct 31 Reservations available on www.recreation.gov for May 15 - Oct 24. First-come, first-served Oct 25 - Oct 31. Closing at noon on Nov 1.
167.1 Rocky Knob Campground July 31- Oct 31 Reservations available on www.recreation.gov for May 15 - Oct 24. First-come, first-served Oct 25 - Oct 31. Closing at noon on Nov 1.
239.2 Doughton Park Campground Closed until further notice due to COVID-19
296.9 Price Park Campground July 31- Oct 31 Reservations available on www.recreation.gov for May 15 - Oct 24. First-come, first-served Oct 25 - Oct 31. Closing at noon on Nov 1.
316.4 Linville Falls Campground July 31- Oct 31 Reservations available on www.recreation.gov for May 15 - Oct 24. First-come, first-served Oct 25 - Oct 31. Closing at noon on Nov 1.
339.5 Crabtree Falls Campground Closed until further notice due to COVID-19
408.8 Mount Pisgah Campground Aug 18 - Oct 31 Reservations available on www.recreation.gov for May 15 - Oct 24. First-come, first-served Oct 25 - Oct 31. Closing at noon on Nov 1.
 

In-Park Stores, Restaurants, Lodging, and More

Operating schedules are subject to change in a continuing effort to support federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Milepost Concession 2020 Operating Dates Notes
85.6 Peaks of Otter Lodge and Restaurant June 24 - Nov 29 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 Currently operating on Sat and Sun Operating days vary by season. See peaksofotter.com for details of the schedule.
85.6 Sharp Top Store See peaksofotter.com for schedule
176.2 Mabry Mill Restaurant & Gift Shop June 13 - Nov 1 Open daily, 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM. Visit mabrymillrestaurant.com for additional information.
241.1 Bluffs Restaurant Reopening Spring 2021 Closed for the 2020 season. Please visit www.bluffsrestaurant.org for updates to the operating schedule.
258.7 Northwest Trading Post June 8 - Nov 30 Open daily 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
294 Parkway Craft Center at the Moses Cone Manor July 16 - Nov1 Operating hours vary by season. Visit craftguild.org for more information.
296.9 Price Park Boat Rental May 23 - Nov 1 In spring and fall, open on weekends only. See www.pricelakeboatrentals.com for schedule details.
382.2 Folk Art Center Year Round Visit craftguild.org for more information and operating hours.
408.8 Pisgah Inn & Restaurant May 15 - Oct 31 Visit pisgahinn.com for more information. In compliance with state guidelines, Pisgah Inn will be offering lodging, take-out food service, and retail sales.
 

Picnic Areas

Operating schedules are subject to change in a continuing effort to support federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Milepost Picnic Area
2020 Operating Dates
Notes
8.5 Humpback Rocks Picnic Area June 13 - Nov 1
63.6 James River Picnic Area Reopening June 13
85.6 Peaks of Otter Picnic Area June 13 - Nov 1
120.4 Roanoke Mountain Picnic Area June 26 - Nov 1
154.5 Smart View Picnic Area June 26 - Nov 1
169 Rocky Knob Picnic Area June 26 - Nov 1
188.8 Groundhog Picnic Area June 26 - Nov 1
217.5 Cumberland Knob Picnic Area June 13 - Oct 31
241.1 Doughton Park Picnic Area June 13 - Oct 31
271.9 Jeffress Park Picnic Area June 13 - Oct 31
296.4 Price Park Picnic Area June 13 - Oct 31
316.4 Linville Falls Picnic Area June 13 - Oct 31
340.2 Crabtree Falls Picnic Area Closed until further notice due to COVID-19
367.6 Craggy Gardens Picnic Area June 13 - Oct 31
407.8 Mount Pisgah Picnic Area June 13 - Oct 31

Last updated: September 17, 2020

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199 Hemphill Knob Rd
Asheville, NC 28803

Phone:

(828) 348-3400

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