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. Road information is available at www.nps.gov/maps/blri/road-closures.

 

Visitor Centers & Areas of Interest


Operating schedules are subject to change due to weather and in support of federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Milepost Visitor Center/Area 2021 Operating Dates Notes
5.8 Humpback Rocks Visitor Center May 28 - Oct 31 Visitors may take self-guided tours of the mountain farm grounds. Ranger on site outside the visitor center building beginning May 28. Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Saturday-Sunday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Interiors of visitor center and historic buildings are closed.
63.6 James River Visitor Center Grounds open Visitors may take self-guided tours of the canal lock system and the Trail of Trees. Interior of visitor center is closed.
85.6 Peaks of Otter Visitor Center May 28 - Oct 31 Ranger on site outside the visitor center building beginning May 28. Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Saturday-Sunday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Interiors of visitor center and historic buildings are closed.
85.6 Johnson Farm Grounds open Visitors may take self-guided tours of the grounds. Interiors of historic structures are closed.
169 Rocky Knob Visitor Center Closed for season
176.2 Mabry Mill Cultural Site Grounds open Visitors may tour the grounds. Interiors of historic structures are closed.
213 Blue Ridge Music Center May 6 - Oct 31 Open daily 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Mid-day Music from noon - 4:00 PM. Interior exhibits closed. Visit blueridgemusiccenter.org for more information.
238.5 Brinegar Cabin Grounds open Visitors may tour the grounds. Historic structures are closed.
241.1 Doughton Park Visitor Center May 21 - Oct 31 Open daily 10:00 AM-5:00 PM.
294 Moses Cone Manor House April 29 - Nov 14 The Southern Highlands Craft Guild store and America's National Parks store will be open daily June - Oct from10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The remainder of house will be closed. An information kiosk located near the carriage house will be staffed by rangers during normal business hours from May through September. Please note: During 2021, repair work on the exterior of the house will necessitate the closure of the front porch. Scaffolding and safety fencing will be installed around the building. Carriage trails are open.
304.4 Linn Cove Visitor Center Closed
316.4 Linville Falls Visitor Center April 30 - Oct 31 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 (The visitor center is closed for lunch from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM daily).
364.5 Craggy Gardens Visitor Center April 17 - Nov 14 Open daily 10:00 AM-5:00 PM.
382.2 Folk Art Center Open Year-round Jan 1 - March 14 open Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM; March 15 - Dec 31 open daily 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
384.5 Asheville Visitor Center Open Year-round Visitor Center open daily 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
451.2 Waterrock Knob Visitor Center April 17 - Nov 14 Open daily 10:00 AM-5:00 PM.
 

Campgrounds

Operating schedules are subject to change due to weather and in support of federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. Firewood regulations are in effect. All campgrounds are closed during winter, typically from November - April.

Milepost Campground 2021 Operating Dates Notes
60.8 Otter Creek Campground May 28 - Oct 31 Reservations available on www.recreation.gov for May 28-Oct 23. First-come, first-served Oct 24 - Oct 30.
85.6 Peaks of Otter Campground May 28 -Oct 31 Reservations available on www.recreation.gov for May 28 - Oct 23. First-come, first-served Oct 24 - Oct 30.
167.1 Rocky Knob Campground May 28 - Oct 31 Reservations available on www.recreation.gov for May 28 - Oct 23. First-come, first-served Oct 24-Oct 30.
239.2 Doughton Park Campground May 28 - Oct 31

Reservations available on www.recreation.gov for May 28 -Oct 23. First-come, first-served Oct 24 - Oct 30.

296.9 Price Park Campground April 2 - Oct 31

From April 2 - May 28 only Loop A is open, operating on a first-come, first served. During the reservation season, campsites on Loop A are available by reservation only. Reservations available on www.recreation.gov for May 28 - Oct 23. First-come, first-served Oct 24 - Oct 30. Note: Campground is open, but the lake is closed due to damage to the dam caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Fred. Fishing, boating, and other activities in the lake are prohibited until further notice.

316.4 Linville Falls Campground April 2 - Oct 31 April 2 - May 28 first-come, first served. Reservations available on www.recreation.gov for May 28 - Oct 23. First-come, first-served Oct 24 - Oct 30.
339.5 Crabtree Falls Campground May 28 - Oct 31 Reservations available on www.recreation.gov for May 28 - Oct 23. First-come, first-served Oct 24 - Oct 30.
408.8 Mount Pisgah Campground May 28 - Oct 31 Reservations available on www.recreation.gov for May 28 - Oct 23. First-come, first-served Oct 24 - Oct 30.
 

In-Park Stores, Restaurants, Lodging, and More

Operating schedules are subject to change due to weather and in support of federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Milepost Concession 2021 Operating Dates Notes
85.6 Peaks of Otter Lodge and Restaurant May 3 - Nov 28 Visit peaksofotter.com for operating dates and reservation information.
85.6 Peaks of Otter Country Store May 29 - Oct 31 See peaksofotter.com for schedule See peaksofotter.com for schedule details
85.6 Sharp Top Shuttle at Peaks of Otter May 29 - Oct 31 Operating days vary by season. See peaksofotter.com for details of the schedule.
85.6 Sharp Top Store May 29 - Oct 31 See peaksofotter.com for schedule details
176.2 Mabry Mill Restaurant & Gift Shop April 30 - Oct 31 Visit mabrymillrestaurant.com for additional information.
241.1 Bluffs Restaurant Please visit www.bluffsrestaurant.org for operating schedule.
258.7 Northwest Trading Post April 15 - Oct 31 Open daily 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Closed Aug 24-25.
294 Southern Highland Craft Guild at the Moses Cone Manor April 29 - Nov 28 Operating hours vary by season. Visit Southern Highland Craft Guild for more information.
296.9 Price Park Boat Rental April 2 - Oct 31 Weekends only in April and Oct. See www.pricelakeboatrentals.com for schedule details. Note: As of Aug 18th, temporarily closed due to damage caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Fred. Check their website for updates.
382.2 Folk Art Center Year Round Visit craftguild.org for more information and operating hours.
408.8 Pisgah Inn & Restaurant April 1 - Oct 31 Visit pisgahinn.com for more information.
 

Picnic Areas

Operating schedules are subject to change due to weather and in support of federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Milepost Picnic Area
2021 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 May 14 - October 31
120.4 Roanoke Mountain Picnic Area May 14 - October 31
154.5 Smart View Picnic Area May 14 - October 31
169 Rocky Knob Picnic Area May 14 - October 31
188.8 Groundhog Picnic Area May 14 - October 31
217.5 Cumberland Knob Picnic Area May 14 - October 31
241.1 Doughton Park Picnic Area May 14 - October 31
271.9 Jeffress Park Picnic Area Open year round 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 May 14 - October 31
367.6 Craggy Gardens Picnic Area May 14 - October 31
407.8 Mount Pisgah Picnic Area May 14 - October 31

Last updated: August 24, 2021

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199 Hemphill Knob Rd
Asheville, NC 28803

Phone:

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