Road and Facility Closures

  • The parkway road is open for driving year-round. However severe weather may cause temporary closures, especially in winter. Check the Weather Closures section below for details.
  • Trails are open. Please read COVID-19 hiking precautions.
  • Backcounrty Campsites
  • Folk Art Center and Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center, including the park stores.
Additional details available at Operating Hours and Seasons

  • Several Visitor Centers are closed for the winter
  • Campgrounds are closed for the winter
  • Many Picnic Areas are closed for the winter
  • Most concession operations are closed for winter
  • Most visitor centers are closed for the winter. The Folk Art Center and Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center remain open.
Additional details available at Operating Hours and Seasons

 

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: Please be aware that much of the parkway is located at high elevation, where the climate is colder and wetter, and winds are stronger 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 sunny and pleasant. Ice may persist in tunnels long after temperatures have warmed outside the tunnels.

Winter Maintenance Projects: Temporary road closures will be in effect for the locations listed below from 8:00 AM-4:00 PM on weekdays for drainage cleaning, leaf litter removal, and hazard tree work. This schedule is subject to change due to winter weather.

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 22 at 6:20 AM

This page will be updated on Jan 23.

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) Closed
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
Closed
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* This ungated section is temporarily closed
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
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 - 89.5 Apple Orchard Parking Area to VA Route 43 (Peaks Road),
including Peaks of Otter Lodge
Closed
89.5 - 91.0 VA Route 43 (Peaks Road) to Bearwallow Gap Ungated*
91.0 - 105.8 Bearwallow Gap to US Route 460 Closed
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 Closed Jan 11-29 from 8:00 AM-4:00 PM on weekdays for road maintenance
120.3 Roanoke Mountain Loop Closed Closed due to landslide
120.4 Mill Mountain Spur Road Closed Closed for winter
121.4 - 135.9 US Route 220 to Adney Gap Closed Closed due to road damage
135.9 - 167.2 Adney Gap to Rocky Knob Maintenace Area Ungated* This ungated section is temporarily closed
167.2 - 170.3 Rocky Knob Maintenace Area to VA Route 720 (Old Fields Rd),
including Rocky Knob Picnic Area
Closed
170.3 - 198.4 VA Route 720 to VA Route 685 Turkey Ridge Road,
including Mabry Mill & US Route 52
Ungated*
198.4 - 199.0 VA Route 685 Turkey Ridge Road
to Ranger Road/Fancy Gap Maintenance Area
Closed
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
Closed
202.1 - 234.1 VA Route 608 to Mahogany Rock (NC) Ungated*

North Carolina Sections of Parkway

Parkway
Mileposts
Crossroads Status Notes
234.1 - 242.3 Mahogany Rock (NC) to Alligator Back Overlook Closed
237.1 Air Bellows Gap Access Road Closed
242.3 - 285.5 Alligator Back Overlook to Bamboo Gap Ungated*
285.5 - 288.0 Bamboo Gap to Aho Gap Closed Landslide
288.0 - 290.8 Aho Gap to Green Hill Road Ungated*
290.8 - 292.1 Green Hill Road to US Highway 321/221 Blowing Rock Closed
292.1 - 294.5 US Highway 321/221 Blowing Rock to Sandy Flat Gap,
including Moses Cone Manor
Closed
294.6 - 296.4 Sandy Flat Gap to Price Park Picnic Area Open In addition to weather closures, road will be closed Jan 11-29 from 8:00 AM-4:00 PM on weekdays for road maintenance
296.4 - 298.5 Price Park Picnic Area to Holloway Mountain Road Ungated* In addition to weather closures, road will be closed Jan 11-29 from 8:00 AM-4:00 PM on weekdays for road maintenance
298.5 - 305.1 Holloway Mountain Road to US Highway 221 (Beacon Heights) Closed In addition to weather closures, road will be closed Jan 11-29 from 8:00 AM-4:00 PM on weekdays for road maintenance
305.1 - 305.2 US Highway 221 to Beacon Heights Overlook Ungated*
305.2 - 307.9 Beacon Heights Overlook to Roseboro Road Closed
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 In addition to weather closures, Milepost 316.5-317.5 will be closed through summer 2021 for Linville Bridge repairs
316.5 Linville Falls Spur Road Closed
317.5 - 324.7 US Highway 221 to Jacksontown Access Road (Bear Den CG) Closed In addition to weather closures, road will be closed Feb 1-18 from 8:00 AM-4:00 PM on weekdays for road maintenance
324.7 - 330.9 Jacksontown Access Road to NC Highway 226 (Gillespie Gap) Ungated* In addition to weather closures, road will be closed Feb 22-March 12 from 8:00 AM-4:00 PM on weekdays for road maintenance
330.9 - 333.9 NC Highway 226 (Gillespie Gap) to Little Switzerland Closed
333.9 - 342.1 Little Switzerland to Victor Crossing Closed
342.1 - 344.2 Victor Crossing to NC Highway 80 Ungated*
344.2 - 355.3 NC Highway 80 to Mount Mitchell State Park Closed In addition to weather closures, road will be closed March 15-April 2 from 8:00 AM-4:00 PM on weekdays for road maintenance
355.3 Mount Mitchell State Park Closed
355.3 - 364.5 NC highway 128 to South of Craggy Gardens Tunnel,
including Craggy Gardens Visitor Center
Closed In addition to weather closures, road will be closed March 15-April 2 from 8:00 AM-4:00 PM on weekdays for road maintenance
364.5 - 367.6 South of Craggy Gardens Tunnel to North of Craggy Gardens Picnic Area Closed
367.6 - 375.7 North of Craggy Gardens Picnic Area to Bull Gap (Elk Mountain/Ox Creek Road) Closed
367.6 USFS Road 63 (Stoney Fork Access Rd) Closed
375.7 Ox Creek/Elk Mountain Access Road Open
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 In addition to weather closures, road will be closed Jan 11-22 from 8:00 AM-4:00 PM on weekdays for road maintenance
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 In addition to weather closures, road will be closed Jan 25-Feb 5 from 8:00 AM-4:00 PM on weekdays for road maintenance
388.8 - 393.6 Highway 25 (Hendersonville Road) to NC Route 191 (Brevard Road) Open In addition to weather closures, road will be closed Feb 8-25 from 8:00 AM-4:00 PM on weekdays for road maintenance
393.6 - 402.7 NC Route 191 (Brevard Road) to Stoney Bald Closed In addition to weather closures, road will be closed March 1-15 from 8:00 AM-4:00 PM on weekdays for road maintenance
400.3 USFS Road 5000 (Bent Creek Access Road) Closed In addition to weather closures, road will be closed March 1-15 from 8:00 AM-4:00 PM on weekdays for road maintenance
402.7 - 405.5 Stoney Bald to Elk Pasture Gap Closed In addition to weather closures, road will be closed March 1-15 from 8:00 AM-4:00 PM on weekdays for road maintenance
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
411.9 - 418.7 US Route 276 to North of Graveyard Fields Overlook Closed
418.7 - 420.2 North of Graveyard Fields Overlook to USFS Road 816 (Black Balsam) Closed
420.2 - 423.2 USFS Road 816 (Black Balsam) to Beech Gap (NC Route 215) Closed
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 In addition to weather closures, road will be closed Feb 16-25 from 8:00 AM-4:00 PM on weekdays for road maintenance.
458.2 Heintooga Spur Road Closed
469.1 US Route 441 thru Great Smoky Mountains National Park Visit Great Smoky Mtns NP website for 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 and real-time closure map 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.
 

COVID-19 Information

From time to time, circumstances may necessitate the closing of trails or other actions to ensure visitor and resource safety. As part of your planning, visit this page to get special alerts and information. If you are a frequent visitor, you may want to bookmark this page.

Notice Regarding Visiting the Parkway:

The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners at the Blue Ridge Parkway is our number one priority. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance for COVID-19 pandemic includes social distancing, and we need the public’s cooperation to ensure our visitation patterns adhere to CDC recommendations.

If you are coming to the parkway, please choose to visit areas that are not crowded to allow for adequate social distancing. Use this opportunity to explore different areas of the parkway. Visit our trail page to plan hikes to lesser known areas. If you encounter a crowded trailhead or overlook, go elsewhere.

We are closely monitoring COVID-19 with the federal, state, and local authorities. Outdoor spaces remain accessible to the public in accordance with the latest health guidance.

The National Park Service (NPS) encourages people who choose to visit the parkway during this pandemic to adhere to guidance from the CDC and state and local public health authorities to protect visitors and employees. As services are limited, the NPS urges visitors to continue to practice Leave No Trace principles, including pack-in and pack-out, to keep outdoor spaces safe and healthy.

COVID-19 Press Releases:

Last updated: January 22, 2021

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Mailing Address:

199 Hemphill Knob Rd
Asheville, NC 28803

Phone:

(828) 348-3400

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