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.
  • Most concession operations are open. Additional details available at Operating Hours and Seasons
  • Many visitor centers and park stores are open, including Folk Art Center and Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center. Additional details available at Operating Hours and Seasons
  • Trails are open. Please read COVID-19 hiking precautions.
  • Campgrounds will reopen on May 28, 2021
  • Backcounrty Campsites

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: 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 Thursday, July 29th at 5:00 AM.

This page will be updated on July 30th.

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

Partially Open

MP 112-115 Closed for all uses and access due to ongoing bridge project; Access to Explore park via US220 at Milepost 121.4.

115.0

Explore Park Rd. (Roanoke River Pkwy)

Open

115-121 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

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*

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*

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

294.6 - 296.4

Sandy Flat Gap to Price Park Picnic Area

Open

Price Park Campground Loop A open, operating on a first come, first served basis.

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*

305.2 - 307.9

Beacon Heights Overlook to Roseboro Road

Open

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

Open

317.5 - 324.7

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

Open

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

Open

333.9 - 342.1

Little Switzerland to Victor Crossing

Open

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

Open

355.3 - 364.5

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

Open

364.5 - 367.6

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

Open

367.6 - 375.7

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

Open

367.6

USFS Road 63 (Stoney Fork Access Rd)

Open

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

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

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

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.

Last updated: July 29, 2021

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199 Hemphill Knob Rd
Asheville, NC 28803

Phone:

(828) 348-3400

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