Road and Facility Closures

  • The parkway road is open for driving year-round. However severe weather and road maintenance work may cause temporary closures. Check the Closures section below for details.
  • Most concession operations have closed for the winter. Additional details available at Operating Hours and Seasons
  • Most visitor centers and park stores have closed for the winter. The Folk Art Center, Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center, and North Carolina Museum of Minerals remain open year-round. Additional details available at Operating Hours and Seasons
  • Campgrounds are closed for the winter.
  • Most picnic areas are closed for the winter.
  • Trails are open.
  • Backcounrty Campsites are open. Permits are required for overnight stays. See Backcountry Camping for more info.


 

Road Closures

Weather conditions, maintenance projects or emergency events may cause temporary road closures along the parkway. The chart below lists distinct sections of the parkway oriented from north to south, and organized by gate locations with route information at the various access and exit points.

Weather Closures: Much of the parkway is located at high elevation, where it is colder, wetter, and windier than in the surrounding communities. The parkway may need to be closed due to ice, snow or downed trees—even at times when the weather at lower elevations is warm and pleasant. In spring and fall, ice may persist in tunnels long after temperatures have warmed outside the tunnels.

Note: The previously available road closure map has been taken offline due to technical issues causing inaccuracies in the map. The following table is provided as a temporary solution until the map can be replaced with a system that will display real-time closure information through existing, widely used traffic Apps.

Road status as of Friday, Jan. 27th at 5:00 A.M.

This page will be updated on Jan.28th.

Status is subject to change throughout the day after the page has been updated.

Virginia Sections of Parkway

Parkway
Mileposts
Crossroads Status Notes

0.0 - 2.2

Rockfish Gap (I-64) to VA Route 610 (Howardsville Turnpike)

Open

2.2 - 4.4

VA Route 610 (Howardsville Turnpike) to VA Route 610 (Old Draft Drive)

Ungated*

4.4 - 13.6

VA Route 610 (Old Draft Drive) to VA Route 664 (Lyndhurst Drive),
including Humpback Rocks Visitor Center

Open

13.6 - 16.1

VA Route 664 (Lyndhurst Drive) to VA Route 814 (Love Road)

Ungated*

16.1 - 27.1

VA Route 814 (Love Road) to VA Route 56 (Tye River Road)

Closed

27.1 - 29.1

VA Route 56 (Tye River Road) to VA Route 603 (Irish Creek Road)

Ungated*

Closed due to weather related conditons- snow and ice.

29.1 - 45.5

VA Route 603 (Irish Creek Road) to US Route 60

Closed

45.5 -61.4

US Route 60 to VA Route 130 (Elon Road)

Closed

Ice and hazardous trees

61.4 - 66.3

VA Route 130 (Elon Road) to VA Route 501,
including James River Visitor Center

Open

66.3 - 76.4

VA Route 501 to Apple Orchard Parking Area

Closed

76.4 - 85.9

Apple Orchard Parking Area to VA Route 43 (Peaks Road),
including Peaks of Otter Lodge

Closed

Several trees down

85.9 - 91.0

VA Route 43 (Peaks Road) to Bearwallow Gap

Ungated

91.0 - 105.8

Bearwallow Gap to US Route 460

Closed

As of December 9, 2022, there is an ongoing closure between milepost 91.0-105.8 due to a landslide. This section of the Parkway is now *fully closed* to all visitors and recreation of any kind including cyclists and pedestrians.

105.8 - 112.4

US Route 460 to VA Route 24 (Washington Avenue)

Open

112.4 -121.4

VA Route 24 (Washington Avenue) to US Route 220

Open

From January 3, 2023 through January 20, 2023 there will be intermittent closures of the parkway from milepost 112.4-121.4 for winter 2022/2023 maintenance operations.

115.0

Explore Park Rd. (Roanoke River Pkwy)

Open

120.3

Roanoke Mountain Loop

Closed

Until Further Notice

120.4

Mill Mountain Spur Road

Open

From January 3, 2023 through January 20, 2023 there will be intermittent closures of the parkway from milepost 112.4-121.4 for winter 2022/2023 maintenance operations.

121.4 - 135.9

US Route 220 to Adney Gap

Closed

The Roanoke section of Parkway from U.S. 220 (milepost 121.4) to Adney Gap (milepost 135.9) which was previously open to cyclists and pedestrians is now *fully closed* to all visitors and recreation of any kind. Due to heavy equipment and contractors working in the area, a full closure is in place and enforceable under 36 CFR 1.5(f). Updated detour signage in place. Please see Detour Map for more detailed visual information.

135.9 - 167.2

Adney Gap to Rocky Knob Maintenace Area

Ungated*

167.2 - 170.3

Rocky Knob Maintenace Area to VA Route 720 (Old Fields Rd),
including Rocky Knob Picnic Area

Open

170.3 - 198.4

VA Route 720 to VA Route 685 Turkey Ridge Road,
including Mabry Mill & US Route 52

Ungated*

Closed up to Milepost 178 due to ice.

198.4 - 199.0

VA Route 685 Turkey Ridge Road
to Ranger Road/Fancy Gap Maintenance Area

Open

199.0 - 200.1

Ranger Road/Fancy Gap Maintenance Area
to Sunbelt/Autumnview Road

Ungated*

200.1 - 202.1

Sunbelt/Autumnview Road to VA Route 608 (Old Appalachian Trail)
Includes I-77 Crossing

Open

202.1 - 234.1

VA Route 608 to Mahogany Rock (NC)

Ungated*

From February 6, 2023 through April 1, 2023 there will be intermittent closures of the parkway from milepost 217-248 for winter 2022/2023 maintenance operations.

North Carolina Sections of Parkway

Parkway
Mileposts
Crossroads Status Notes

234.1 - 242.3

Mahogany Rock (NC) to Alligator Back Overlook

Open

From February 6, 2023 through April 1, 2023 there will be intermittent closures of the parkway from milepost 217-248 for winter 2022/2023 maintenance operations.

237.1

Air Bellows Gap Access Road

Open

From February 6, 2023 through April 1, 2023 there will be intermittent closures of the parkway from milepost 217-248 for winter 2022/2023 maintenance operations.

242.3 - 285.5

Alligator Back Overlook to Bamboo Gap

Ungated*

From June 2022 through Nov 2024, a bridge repair project will require a detour and a full closure to all traffic from Milepost 248.1 to 249.3. (Laurel Fork Bridge) Details and detour map. From January 2, 2023 through March 6, 2023 there will be intermittent closures of the parkway from milepost 217-248 for winter 2022/2023 maintenance operations.

285.5 - 288.0

Bamboo Gap to Aho Gap


Closed

From January 2, 2023 through February 6, 2023 there will be intermittent closures of the parkway from milepost 280.8-298.5 for winter 2022/2023 maintenance operations.

288.0 - 290.8

Aho Gap to Green Hill Road

Ungated*

From January 2, 2023 through February 6, 2023 there will be intermittent closures of the parkway from milepost 292-298.5 for winter 2022/2023 maintenance operations.

290.8 - 292.1

Green Hill Road to US Highway 321/221 Blowing Rock

Closed

From January 2, 2023 through February 6, 2023 there will be intermittent closures of the parkway from milepost 280.8-298.5 for winter 2022/2023 maintenance operations.

292.1 - 294.5

US Highway 321/221 Blowing Rock to Sandy Flat Gap, including Moses Cone Manor

Closed

From January 2, 2023 through February 6, 2023 there will be intermittent closures of the parkway from milepost 280.8-298.5 for winter 2022/2023 maintenance operations.

294.6 - 296.4

Sandy Flat Gap to Price Park Picnic Area

Closed

From January 2, 2023 through February 6, 2023 there will be intermittent closures of the parkway from milepost 280.8-298.5 for winter 2022/2023 maintenance operations.

296.4 - 298.5

Price Park Picnic Area to Holloway Mountain Road

Ungated

298.5 - 305.1

Holloway Mountain Road to US Highway 221 (Beacon Heights)

Closed

From November 14, 2022 through April 1, 2023 there will be intermittent closures of the parkway from milepost 298.5-305 for winter 2022/2023 maintenance operations.

305.1 - 305.2

US Highway 221 to Beacon Heights Overlook

Ungated*

305.2 - 307.9

Beacon Heights Overlook to Roseboro Road

Closed

Due to icy roads

307.9 - 314.6

Roseboro Road to Shuffler Road/Parkway Road

Ungated*

314.6 - 317.5

Shuffler Road/Parkway Road to US Highway 221 (Linville Falls)

Closed

316.5

Linville Falls Spur Road

Closed

317.5 - 324.7

US Highway 221 to Jacksontown Access Road (Bear Den CG)

Closed

From January 1, 2023 through January 13, 2023 there will be intermittent closures of the parkway from milepost 324-330 for winter 2022/2023 maintenance operations.

324.7 - 330.9

Jacksontown Access Road to NC Highway 226 (Gillespie Gap)

Ungated*

From January 1, 2023 through January 13, 2023 there will be intermittent closures of the Parkway from Milepost 324-330 for 2023 winter maintenance.

330.9 - 333.9

NC Highway 226 (Gillespie Gap) to Little Switzerland

Closed

From Jan. 1, 2023 through Jan.13,2023 there will be intermittent closures of the Parkway from Milepost 330.9 through Milepost 333.9 for 2023 winter maintenance.

333.9 - 342.1

Little Switzerland to Victor Crossing

Closed

From Jan 1,2023 through Jan. 16, 2023 there will be intermittent closures of the Parkway from Milepost 333.9 through Milepost 342.1 for 2023 winter maintenance.

342.1 - 344.2

Victor Crossing to NC Highway 80

Ungated*

344.2 - 355.3

NC Highway 80 to Mount Mitchell State Park

Closed

From January 16, 2023 through January 27, 2023 there will be intermittent closures of the parkway from milepost 344-355 for winter 2022/2023 maintenance operations.

355.3

Mount Mitchell State Park

Closed

From January 30, 2023 through February 24, 2023 there will be intermittent closures of the parkway from milepost 355-365 for winter 2022/2023 maintenance operations. For updated information about Mt. Mitchell State Park please visit: Mount Mitchell State Park | NC State Parks (ncparks.gov)

355.3 - 364.5

NC Highway 128 to South of Craggy Gardens Tunnel,
including Craggy Gardens Visitor Center

Closed

From January 30, 2023 through February 24, 2023 there will be intermittent closures of the parkway from milepost 355-365 for winter 2022/2023 maintenance operations.

364.5 - 367.6

South of Craggy Gardens Tunnel to North of Craggy Gardens Picnic Area

Closed

Due to adverse weather conditions

367.6 - 375.7

North of Craggy Gardens Picnic Area to Bull Gap (North of Elk Mountain/Ox Creek Road)

Closed


Due to adverse weather conditions

367.6

USFS Road 63 (Stoney Fork Access Rd)

Closed

Until Further Notice

375.7

Ox Creek/Elk Mountain Access Road

Closed

375.7 - 381.9

Bull Gap (Elk Mountain/Ox Creek Road) to Folk Art Center

Open

377.4

Craven Gap Access Road (Town Mountain Road)

Open

381.9 - 382.8

Folk Art Center to Highway 70 (Tunnel Road)

Ungated*

382.8 - 384.1

Highway 70 (Tunnel Road) to Park Headquarters and Visitor Center

Open

384.1 - 384.7

Park Headquarters and Visitor Center to Highway 74 (I-40 Exit 53A)

Ungated*

384.7 - 388.8

Highway 74 (I-40 Exit 53A) to Highway 25 (Hendersonville Road)

Open

From January 9, 2023 through January 26, 2023 there will be intermittent closures of the parkway from milepost 384.7-388.8 for winter 2022/2023 maintenance operations.

388.8 - 393.6

Highway 25 (Hendersonville Road) to NC Route 191 (Brevard Road)

Closed

From January 9, 2023 through January 26, 2023 there will be intermittent closures of the parkway from milepost 388.9-393.6 for winter 2022/2023 maintenance operations.

393.6 - 402.7

NC Route 191 (Brevard Road) to Stoney Bald

Closed

From January 30, 2023 through February 16, 2023 there will be intermittent closures of the parkway from milepost 393.7-402.5 for winter 2022/2023 maintenance operations.

400.3

USFS Road 5000 (Bent Creek Access Road)

Closed

From January 9, 2023 through January 26, 2023 there will be intermittent closures of the parkway from milepost 393.7-402.5 for winter 2022/2023 maintenance operations.

402.7 - 405.5

Stoney Bald to NC Highway 151 Access Road

Closed

405.5

NC Highway 151 Access Road

Closed

405.5 - 408.8

Elk Pasture Gap to Pisgah Store

Closed

408.8 - 411.9

Pisgah Store (Pisgah Campground and Inn) to US Route 276

Closed

From Febuary 13, 2023 through February 17, 2023 there will be intermittent closures of the parkway from milepost 408.6-412 for winter 2022/2023 maintenance operations.

411.9 - 418.7

US Route 276 to North of Graveyard Fields Overlook

Closed

From January 30, 2023 through February 10, 2023 there will be intermittent closures of the parkway from milepost 412-423 for winter 2022/2023 maintenance operations.

418.7 - 420.2

North of Graveyard Fields Overlook to USFS Road 816 (Black Balsam)

Closed

From January 30, 2023 through February 10, 2023 there will be intermittent closures of the parkway from milepost 412-423 for winter 2022/2023 maintenance operations.

420.2 - 423.2

USFS Road 816 (Black Balsam) to Beech Gap (NC Route 215)

Closed

From January 30, 2023 through February 10, 2023 there will be intermittent closures of the parkway from milepost 412-423 for winter 2022/2023 maintenance operations.

423.2 - 443.0

Beech Gap (NC Route 215) to Balsam Gap (US Route 23/74)

Closed

443.0 - 455.7

Balsam Gap (US Route 23/74) to Soco Gap (US Route 19)


Closed

455.7 - 469.1

Soco Gap (US Route 19) to US Route 441 thru Great Smoky Mtns. NP

Closed

The closure begins at Milepost 458 and continues until Milepost 469 at US HWY 441. (Ice in tunnels)

458.2

Heintooga Spur Road

Closed

469.1

US Route 441 thru Great Smoky Mountains National Park

See Note

Please visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park website for road status updates.

*Note: Sections of the roadway marked as "ungated" are open except in emergency situations.

 

Facility Closures

These closures are in addition to the closures posted at the top of the page:

  • Otter Creek Restaurant (Milepost 60.8) south of Buena Vista, VA is closed.
  • Bluffs Lodge is closed.
  • Rocky Knob Cabins are closed.

Please visit the Operating Hours and Seasons page for additional facility schedules and closures.

Trail and Backcountry Closures

Please read the information about avoiding crowded trails in the COVID-19 Information section above.

  • Dobie Mountain Trail at Humpback Rocks in VA (Milepost 6) has been permanently closed.

Last updated: January 26, 2023

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