Road and Facility Closures

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.

Maintenance Closures: Managing and maintaining the parkway is a complex undertaking and requires a multifaceted approach. Seasonally a variety of projects are planned and executed. In addition to road status updates below, visitors should consult recent news releases and the park's social media to learn about what's planned in a given season.

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.

Road status as of 10:30 a.m., Thursday, February 29th, 2024.

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


Virginia Sections of Parkway

Parkway
Mileposts by Section
Crossroads Status Notes and Maintenance Closure Information

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

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

121.4 - 135.9

US Route 220 to Adney Gap

Open

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)

Closed

NOTE: Road closed at milepost 222; Detour begins at MP217. More information and detour map here - Critical repairs to three Blue Ridge Parkway bridges start January 29 - Blue Ridge Parkway (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov)

North Carolina Sections of Parkway

Parkway
Mileposts by Section
Crossroads Status

Notes and Maintenance Closure Information

234.1 - 242.3

Mahogany Rock (NC) to Alligator Back Overlook

Closed

Full closure in effect due to bridge project. Learn more here - Critical repairs to three Blue Ridge Parkway bridges start January 29 - Blue Ridge Parkway (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov)

237.1

Air Bellows Gap Access Road

Variable closures within gated section

Full closure in effect between mileposts 229.6 to 238.5. These closures are related to a major infrastructure project underway, learn more here. (including detour map)

242.3 - 285.5

Alligator Back Overlook to Bamboo Gap

Variable Closures

Full closure in effect to 276.5. These closures are related to major infrastructure projects underway in the area, learn more here. (including 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

294.6 - 296.4

Sandy Flat Gap to Price Park Picnic Area

Open

No winter activities allowed such as sledding, tubing, skiing and snowboarding on the hill at milepost 294.5 Sandy Flat Gap.

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)

Open

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

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

Closed

Snow and Ice

364.5 - 367.6

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

Closed

Snow and Ice

367.6

USFS Road 63 (Stoney Fork Access Rd)

Closed

Until Further Notice

367.6 - 375.7

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

Closed

Snow

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)

Closed

Snow and Ice

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

Closed

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)

Closed

443.0 - 455.7

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


Closed

Snow on road/ Ice in tunnels

455.7 - 469.1

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

Closed

Snow on road/ Ice in tunnels

458.2

Heintooga Spur Road

Closed

Snow on road/ Ice in tunnels

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.
  • Linn Cove Visitor Center is temporarily 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: February 29, 2024

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