Road and Facility Closures

  • The parkway road is open for driving year-round. However severe weather may cause temporary closures. Check the Closures section below for details.
  • Most concession operations have reopened for the summer. Additional details available at Operating Hours and Seasons
  • Most visitor centers and park stores have reopened for summer. Others will reopen in late May. 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
  • Linville Falls campround is open. Remaining campgrounds will reopen on May 27.
  • Picnic areas are open.
  • 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 Thursday, August 18th at 5:00 A.M.

This page will be updated on August 19th.

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)

Open

27.1 - 29.1

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

Ungated*

29.1 - 45.5

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

Open

45.5 -61.4

US Route 60 to VA Route 130 (Elon Road)

Open

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

Open

76.4 - 85.9

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

Open

85.9 - 91.0

VA Route 43 (Peaks Road) to Bearwallow Gap

Ungated

91.0 - 105.8

Bearwallow Gap to US Route 460

Open

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

The Roanoke River Bridge at Milepost 114.7 is reopened as of August 01, 2022. Milepost 112-115 is now open for all uses and access after the completion of the ongoing bridge project. Access to Explore park via US-220 at Milepost 121.4.

115.0

Explore Park Rd. (Roanoke River Pkwy)

Open

120.3

Roanoke Mountain Loop

Closed

Closed until further notice

120.4

Mill Mountain Spur Road

Open

121.4 - 135.9

US Route 220 to Adney Gap

Closed

Closed due to road damage caused by heavy rain. Detour signage in place. Please see detour map.

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*

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*

The Cumberland Knob picnic, parking, and trail areas will experience partial closures throughout summer, 2022 for pavement preservation operations. Partial closures are also expected August 16-19, 23-26, and August 30-September 02 while contracting crews repair and replace picnic benches as part of a larger Parkway effort to improve visitor services at overlooks, picnic areas, and NPS facility parking lots.

North Carolina Sections of Parkway

Parkway
Mileposts
Crossroads Status Notes

234.1 - 242.3

Mahogany Rock (NC) to Alligator Back Overlook

Open

237.1

Air Bellows Gap Access Road

Open

242.3 - 285.5

Alligator Back Overlook to Bamboo Gap

Ungated*

From mid-April through September 2022, road repairs will require a detour and a full closure from Milepost 276.4 to 280.9. Details and detour map.
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. Details and detour map.

285.5 - 288.0

Bamboo Gap to Aho Gap

Open

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

Open

292.1 - 294.5

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

Open

Throughout August, 2022 there will be intermittent road and facility closures at Moses Cone and Bass Lake. Most work will only require partial closures, but refer to our Twitter for updates on full closures @BlueRidgeNPS.

294.6 - 296.4

Sandy Flat Gap to Price Park Picnic Area

Open

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)

Open

305.1 - 305.2

US Highway 221 to Beacon Heights Overlook

Ungated*

During spring and summer of 2022, expect short term closures of overlooks, parking areas, and picnic areas between Milepost 305-336 for pavement preservation work.

305.2 - 307.9

Beacon Heights Overlook to Roseboro Road

Open

During spring and summer of 2022, expect short term closures of overlooks, parking areas, and picnic areas between Milepost 305-336 for pavement preservation work.

307.9 - 314.6

Roseboro Road to Shuffler Road/Parkway Road

Ungated*

During spring and summer of 2022, expect short term closures of overlooks, parking areas, and picnic areas between Milepost 305-336 for pavement preservation work.

314.6 - 317.5

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

Open

During spring and summer of 2022, expect short term closures of overlooks, parking areas, and picnic areas between Milepost 305-336 for pavement preservation work.

316.5

Linville Falls Spur Road

Open

During spring and summer of 2022, expect short term closures of overlooks, parking areas, and picnic areas between Milepost 305-336 for pavement preservation work.

317.5 - 324.7

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

Open

During spring and summer of 2022, expect short term closures of overlooks, parking areas, and picnic areas between Milepost 305-336 for pavement preservation work.
One lane closure at Milepost 323.3 - 323.5 with traffic lights in place.

324.7 - 330.9

Jacksontown Access Road to NC Highway 226 (Gillespie Gap)

Ungated*

During spring and summer of 2022, expect short term closures of overlooks, parking areas, and picnic areas between Milepost 305-336 for pavement preservation work.

330.9 - 333.9

NC Highway 226 (Gillespie Gap) to Little Switzerland

Open

During spring and summer of 2022, expect short term closures of overlooks, parking areas, and picnic areas between Milepost 305-336 for pavement preservation work.

333.9 - 342.1

Little Switzerland to Victor Crossing

Open

As of July 28, 2022; expect short term, full closures of Crabtree overlooks, parking areas, and picnic areas for pavement preservation work.

342.1 - 344.2

Victor Crossing to NC Highway 80

Ungated*

344.2 - 355.3

NC Highway 80 to Mount Mitchell State Park

Open

355.3

Mount Mitchell State Park

See Note

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

Open

During spring and summer of 2022, expect short term closures of overlooks, parking areas, and picnic areas between Milepost 360-385 for pavement preservation work.

364.5 - 367.6

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

Open

During spring and summer of 2022, expect short term closures of overlooks, parking areas, and picnic areas between Milepost 360-385 for pavement preservation work.

367.6 - 375.7

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

Open

During spring and summer of 2022, expect short term closures of overlooks, parking areas, and picnic areas between Milepost 360-385 for pavement preservation work.

367.6

USFS Road 63 (Stoney Fork Access Rd)

Closed

During spring and summer of 2022, expect short term closures of overlooks, parking areas, and picnic areas between Milepost 360-385 for pavement preservation work.

375.7

Ox Creek/Elk Mountain Access Road

Open

During spring and summer of 2022, expect short term closures of overlooks, parking areas, and picnic areas between Milepost 360-385 for pavement preservation work.

375.7 - 381.9

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

Open

During spring and summer of 2022, expect short term closures of overlooks, parking areas, and picnic areas between Milepost 360-385 for pavement preservation work.

377.4

Craven Gap Access Road (Town Mountain Road)

Open

During spring and summer of 2022, expect short term closures of overlooks, parking areas, and picnic areas between Milepost 360-385 for pavement preservation work.

381.9 - 382.8

Folk Art Center to Highway 70 (Tunnel Road)

Ungated*

During spring and summer of 2022, expect short term closures of overlooks, parking areas, and picnic areas between Milepost 360-385 for pavement preservation work.

382.8 - 384.1

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

Open

During spring and summer of 2022, expect short term closures of overlooks, parking areas, and picnic areas between Milepost 360-385 for pavement preservation work.

384.1 - 384.7

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

Ungated*

During spring and summer of 2022, expect short term closures of overlooks, parking areas, and picnic areas between Milepost 360-385 for pavement preservation work.

384.7 - 388.8

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

Open

388.8 - 393.6

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

Open

393.6 - 402.7

NC Route 191 (Brevard Road) to Stoney Bald

Open

400.3

USFS Road 5000 (Bent Creek Access Road)

Open

402.7 - 405.5

Stoney Bald to NC Highway 151 Access Road

Open

405.5

NC Highway 151 Access Road

Open

405.5 - 408.8

Elk Pasture Gap to Pisgah Store

Open

408.8 - 411.9

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

Open

411.9 - 418.7

US Route 276 to North of Graveyard Fields Overlook

Open

418.7 - 420.2

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

Open

420.2 - 423.2

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

Open

423.2 - 443.0

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

Open

443.0 - 455.7

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

Open

455.7 - 469.1

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

Open

458.2

Heintooga Spur Road

Open

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: August 18, 2022

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