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

Please note that many visitor centers may open in early May. Additional details concerning opening dates and hours will be available by April 1.

Milepost Visitor Center/Area 2018 Operating Dates Notes
5.8 Humpback Rocks Visitor Center May 25-Oct 28
5.8 Humpback Rocks Farm May 25-Oct 28
63.6 James River Visitor Center May 25-Oct 28
85.6 Peaks of Otter Visitor Center May 25-Oct 28
85.6 Johnson Farm May 25-Oct 28
169 Rocky Knob Visitor Center May 25-Oct 28
176.2 Mabry Mill Cultural Site May 25-Oct 28
213 Blue Ridge Music Center May 25-Oct 28 Visit blueridgemusiccenter.org for more information.
238.5 Brinegar Cabin May 25-Oct 28
241.1 Doughton Park Visitor Center May 25-Oct 28
294 Moses Cone Manor House May 25-Oct 28
304.4 Linn Cove Visitor Center May 25-Oct 28
316.4 Linville Falls Visitor Center May 25-Oct 28
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 May 25-Oct 28
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 May 25-Oct 28

 

Campgrounds

Advance reservations available on www.recreation.gov. During the last week in October, all campgrounds operate on a first-come, first-served basis. Last night of camping is October 28, 2018. Campers must check out by noon on October 29. New firewood regulations are in effect.

Please note that limited services may be available earlier in the season. Additional details concerning opening dates will be available by April 1.

Milepost Campground 2018 Operating Dates Notes
60.8 Otter Creek Campground May 20-Oct 28 Reservations available on recreation.gov for May 20 - October 20.
85.6 Peaks of Otter Campground May 20-Oct 28 Reservations available on recreation.gov for May 20 - October 20.
167.1 Rocky Knob Campground May 20-Oct 28 Reservations available on recreation.gov for May 20 - October 20.
239.2 Doughton Park Campground May 20-Oct 28 Reservations available on recreation.gov for May 20 - October 20.
296.9 Price Park Campground April 6-Oct 28 Reservations are available on recreation.gov for May 20 - October 20. All sites are first-come, first-served until May 20 and during the last week in October. From April 6 - May 19, only Loop A will be open.
316.4 Linville Falls Campground April 6-Oct 28 Reservations are available on recreation.gov for May 20 - October 20. All sites are first-come, first-served until May 20 and during the last week in October.
339.5 Crabtree Falls Campground May 20-Oct 28 Open first come, first served. Reservations not available.
408.8 Mount Pisgah Campground May 20-Oct 28 Reservations available on recreation.gov for May 20 - October 20.
 

Concession Facilities

Milepost Concession 2018 Operating Dates Notes
85.6 Peaks of Otter Lodge and Restaurant Open most weekends in winter.
Open daily March 16 - Nov 26.
Visit peaksofotter.com for winter 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 See peaksofotter.com for schedule
Sharp Top Store See peaksofotter.com for schedule
176.2 Mabry Mill Restaurant & Gift Shop April 27 - Nov 4 Visit mabrymillrestaurant.com for more information.
258.7 Northwest Trading Post April 14 - Oct 31 Visit goo.gl/HmvaKV for more information.
294 Parkway Craft Center at the Moses Cone Manor March 30 - Nov. 30 Visit craftguild.org for more information.
296.9 Price Park Boat Rental See pricelakeboatrentals.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

Please note that limited services may be available earlier in the season. Additional details concerning opening dates and hours will be available by April 1.

Milepost Picnic Area 2018
Operating Dates
Notes
8.5 Humpback Rocks Picnic Area May 25-Oct 28
63.6 James River Picnic Area May 25-Oct 28
85.6 Peaks of Otter Picnic Area May 25-Oct 28
120.4 Roanoke Mountain Picnic Area May 25-Oct 28
154.5 Smart View Picnic Area May 25-Oct 28
169 Rocky Knob Picnic Area May 25-Oct 28
188.8 Groundhog Picnic Area May 25-Oct 28
217.5 Cumberland Knob Picnic Area May 25-Oct 28
241.1 Doughton Park Picnic Area May 25-Oct 28
271.9 Jeffress Park Picnic Area May 25-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 25-Oct 28
367.6 Craggy Gardens Picnic Area May 25-Oct 28
407.8 Mount Pisgah Picnic Area May 25-Oct 28

Last updated: January 31, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

199 Hemphill Knob Rd
Asheville, NC 28803

Phone:

(828) 348-3400

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