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 Closures section below for details.
  • Many concession operations have closed for the winter. Additional details available at Operating Hours and Seasons
  • Many visitor centers and park stores have closed for the season, others close in mid-November. 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
  • Trails are open. Please read COVID-19 hiking precautions.
  • Campgrounds are closed for winter.
  • 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 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 Tuesday, Jan. 25th at 05:00 A.M.

This page will be updated on Wednesday, Jan.26th.

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*

Closed- Milepost 28 to 29.1

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

Closed

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

85.9 - 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)

Closed

Will be closed 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM weekdays, Jan 17-28, 2022 for winter maintenance work.

112.4 -121.4

VA Route 24 (Washington Avenue) to US Route 220

Closed

Milepost 112-115 closed for all uses and access due to ongoing bridge project. Access to Explore park via US-220 at Milepost 121.4.

115.0

Explore Park Rd. (Roanoke River Pkwy)

Closed

120.3

Roanoke Mountain Loop

Closed

Closed until further notice

120.4

Mill Mountain Spur Road

Closed

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*

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*

Closed

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*

Closed

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*

Milepost 202.1 to 217 is closed.
Milepost 217 - 234 will be closed 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM weekdays, Jan 3 - April 1, 2022 for winter maintenance work.

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*

Milepost 276.4 - 285.5 will be closed 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM weekdays, Jan 3 - Feb 25, 2022 for winter maintenance work.

285.5 - 288.0

Bamboo Gap to Aho Gap

Closed

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

Will be closed 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM weekdays, Feb 28 - April 1, 2022 for winter maintenance work.

294.6 - 296.4

Sandy Flat Gap to Price Park Picnic Area

Closed

Will be closed 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM weekdays, Feb 28 - April 1, 2022 for winter maintenance work.

296.4 - 298.5

Price Park Picnic Area to Holloway Mountain Road

Ungated*

Will be closed 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM weekdays, Feb 28 - April 1, 2022 for winter maintenance work.

298.5 - 305.1

Holloway Mountain Road to US Highway 221 (Beacon Heights)

Closed

Will be closed 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM weekdays, Feb 28 - April 1, 2022 for winter maintenance work.

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

316.5

Linville Falls Spur Road

Closed

Picnic area closed for winter

317.5 - 324.7

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

Closed

324.7 - 330.9

Jacksontown Access Road to NC Highway 226 (Gillespie Gap)

Ungated*

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*

Closed

344.2 - 355.3

NC Highway 80 to Mount Mitchell State Park

Closed

Will be closed 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM weekdays, Jan 17 - 27, 2022 for winter maintenance work. Note: Access to Mt. Mitchell could be affected by this maintenance work.

355.3

Mount Mitchell State Park

See Right

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

Will be closed 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM weekdays, Jan 17 - Jan 27, and Jan 31 - March 11, 2022 for winter maintenance work. Note: Access to Mt. Mitchell via Asheville will be affected by this maintenance work.

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 (North of 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)

Closed

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

Will be closed 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM weekdays, Jan 18 - Jan 20 for winter maintenance work.

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)

Closed

Will be closed 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM weekdays, Jan 24 - Feb 4 for winter maintenance work.

388.8 - 393.6

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

Closed

Will be closed 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM weekdays,Feb 7 - Feb 24 for winter maintenance work.

393.6 - 402.7

NC Route 191 (Brevard Road) to Stoney Bald

Closed

Will be closed 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM weekdays, Jan 15 - Feb 15, 2022 for winter maintenance work.

400.3

USFS Road 5000 (Bent Creek Access Road)

Closed

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

US 276 closed from Parkway to NC 110 on Haywood Co. side

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

Will be closed 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM weekdays, Feb 1 - 12, 2022 for winter maintenance work.

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

458.2

Heintooga Spur Road

Closed

469.1

US Route 441 thru Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Closed

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

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.

Last updated: January 25, 2022

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