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 Opening Dates* Notes
60.8 Otter Creek Campground May 5 Self-registration through May 19. Open first come, first served with through May 25; Reservations available on recreation.gov starting May 26
85.6 Peaks of Otter Campground May 5 Self-registration through May 19. Open first come, first served with through May 25; Reservations available on recreation.gov starting May 26
167.1 Rocky Knob Campground May 19 Self registration through May 25. Full services, and recreation.gov reservations, available beginning May 26.
239.2 Doughton Park Campground May 5 Self-registration through May 19. Open first come, first served with through May 25; Reservations available on recreation.gov starting May 26. ALERT - Paving project may temporarily impact certain loops
296.9 Price Park Campground April 1 Self registration April 1 - May 25. Full services, and recreation.gov reservations, available beginning May 26. ALERT - Temporary closures may be in effect due to paving and construction projects.
316.4 Linville Falls Campground April 1 Trout waters open 7:00 a.m. April 2. Self registration April 1 - May 25. Full services, and recreation.gov reservations, available beginning May 26.
339.5 Crabtree Falls Campground May 5 Self-registration through May 19. Open first come, first served. Reservations not available.
408.8 Mount Pisgah Campground May 5 Self-registration through May 19. Open first come, first served with through May 11; Reservations available on recreation.gov starting May 12

* 2017 Operating dates are subject to change.
 

Concession Facilities

Milepost Concession 2017 Opening Dates Notes
85.6 Peaks of Otter Lodge March 17 Full services available. Visit peaksofotter.com for more information.
85.6 Peaks of Otter Country Store April 15 Open Sat.-Sun. from April 15 - May 14 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM; Open daily from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM beginning May 15.
85.6 Sharp Top Shuttle at Peaks of Otter May 6 Shuttle Bus runs hourly, on the hour between 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Open Sat.-Sun from May 6 - 21, Wed - Sun from May 24 - Oct 1, and daily from October 2 - 29.
176.2 Mabry Mill Restaurant & Gift Shop April 28 Visit mabrymillrestaurant.com for more information.
258.7 Northwest Trading Post April 15 Visit goo.gl/HmvaKV for more information.
294 Parkway Craft Center at the Moses Cone Manor March 15 Visit craftguild.org for more information.
296.9 Price Park Boat Rental April 1 Open Fri.-Sun. only through May 11; Open daily beginning May 12. 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 Visit pisgahinn.com for more information.
 

Picnic Areas

Gates remain open year round, weather permitting, however no water or facilities will be available after Oct. 30, 2017
Milepost Picnic Area 2017 Operating Dates Notes
8.5 Humpback Rocks Picnic Area Open Year Round Portable toilets available beginning April 1; full services beginning May 19
63.6 James River Picnic Area Open Year Round Portable toilets available beginning April 1; full services beginning May 19
85.6 Peaks of Otter Picnic Area Open Year Round Portable toilets available beginning April 1; full services beginning May 19
120.4 Roanoke Mountain Picnic Area Open Year Round Portable toilets available beginning April 1; full services beginning May 19. Roanok Mtn Music Sunday Series May 28 -Aug 27 begins at 7:00 p.m.; concerts Sept 3 - Oct 22 begin at 5:00 p.m.
154.5 Smart View Picnic Area Open Year Round Portable toilets available beginning April 1; full services beginning May 19
169 Rocky Knob Picnic Area Open Year Round Portable toilets available beginning April 1; full services beginning May 19
188.8 Groundhog Picnic Area Open Year Round Portable toilets available beginning April 1; full services beginning May 19
217.5 Cumberland Knob Picnic Area Open Year Round Portable toilets available beginning April 1; full services beginning May 19
241.1 Doughton Park Picnic Area Open Year Round Portable toilets available beginning April 1; full services beginning May 19
271.9 Jeffress Park Picnic Area Open Year Round Portable toilets available beginning April 1; full services beginning May 19
296.4 Price Park Picnic Area Open Year Round Portable toilets available beginning April 1; full services beginning May 19
316.4 Linville Falls Picnic Area Open Year Round Portable toilets available beginning April 1; full services beginning May 19
340.2 Crabtree Falls Picnic Area Open Year Round Portable toilets available beginning April 1; full services beginning May 19
367.6 Craggy Gardens Picnic Area Open Year Round Portable toilets available beginning April 1; full services beginning May 19
407.8 Mount Pisgah Picnic Area Open Year Round Portable toilets available beginning April 1; full services beginning May 19
 

Visitor Centers & Areas of Interest

Milepost Visitor Center/Area 2017 Opening Dates* Notes
5.8 Humpback Rocks Visitor Center May 5 Through July 31, open Thurs - Mon. 10:00 AM-noon and 1:00-5:00 PM; Begining August 1, open Daily 10:00 AM-noon and 1:00-5:00 PM
5.8 Humpback Rocks Farm May 13 Open Fri. - Tues. 10:00 AM-noon and 1:00-5:00 PM; Weekend farmlife demonstrations
63.6 James River Visitor Center May 20 Open Sat. - Sun. 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Open Mon - Tues 10:00 AM - 4:00 with a one hour closure at noon; Open Weds - Fri 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM with one hour closure at noon.
85.6 Peaks of Otter Visitor Center May 5 Open Daily 10:00 AM- noon and 1:00-5:00 PM
85.6 Johnson Farm May 5 Open Thursday-Monday 9:00 AM-4:30 PM.
169 Rocky Knob Visitor Center
May 26
Open Friday.-Monday,10:00 AM-4:00 PM.
176.2 Mabry Mill Cultural Site May 6 Open 10:00 AM-5:15 PM. Friday - Tuesday. Weekly music begins May 28.
213 Blue Ridge Music Center May 6 Open 10:00 AM-5:00 PM. Sat.-Sun May 6-7. beginning May 11, open Thursday-Monday 10:00 AM-5:00 PM. Live music jam daily 12-4 PM when open. Amphitheater concerts begin May 28, visit blueridgemusiccenter.org for more information.
238.5 Brinegar Cabin May 6 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.
241.1 Doughton Park Visitor Center June 15 Open Thursday-Monday. 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
294 Moses Cone Manor House April 14 Open Fri-Sun 10:00 AM-5:00 PM. through Apr 27; Open daily beginning April 29. Note the Southern Highlands Craft Guild store will be open daily from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM beginning March 15
304.4 Linn Cove Visitor Center May 5 Open Daily, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
316.4 Linville Falls Visitor Center May 5 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 14 Open 10:00 AM-4:00 PM Fri. - Sun. through Apr 30; Open daily 10:00 AM-5:00 PM beginning May 1
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 14 Open 10:00 AM-4:00 PM Fri. - Sun. through Apr 30; Open daily 10:00 AM-5:00 PM beginning May 1


*Opening dates are subject to change.

Last updated: July 20, 2017

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199 Hemphill Knob Rd
Asheville, NC 28803

Phone:

(828) 348-3400

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