Blue Ridge Parkway Announces 2014 Opening Dates

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Blue Ridge Parkway Superintendent Mark Woods announced the 2014 opening dates for the Blue Ridge Parkway on March 21, 2014. “We are very happy to restore services at a number of facilities this season. We recognize how important these areas are to local communities and the traveling public. The Parkway is an important resource for many reasons for many people. Restoring services at these facilities is an honor for us.” said Woods.

In May officials also announced that all 469 miles of the Parkway motor road had opened back up.

2014 Blue Ridge Parkway Season Opening Schedule

Milepost                 Facility            Open Date         Notes:

CAMPGROUNDS (For reservation information visit recreation.gov)

60.8 Otter Creek Campground 9-May Full services available.

85.6 Peaks of Otter Campground 9-May Full services available.

120.4 Roanoke Mtn Campground 9-May Available for day use only in Loop A; Sunday Mtn. Music programs begin May 25, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

167.1 Rocky Knob Campground 9-May Two loops open for season.

239.2 Doughton Park Campground 9-May RV loop and one tent camping loop open for season.

296.9 Price Park Campground 9-May Full services available.

316.4 Linville Falls Campground 9-May Full services available.

408.8 Mt. Pisgah Campground 9-May Full services available.

CONCESSION FACILITIES

85.6 Peaks of Otter Lodge 11-Apr Full services available; visit peaksofotter.com for more information.

176.2 Mabry Mill Restaurant & Gift Shop 1-May Visit mabrymillrestaurant.com for more information.

258.7 Northwest Trading Post 19-Apr Visit facebook.com/profile.php?id=531619223549658 for more information

294 Parkway Craft Center at the Moses Cone Manor 15-Mar Visit craftguild.org for more information.

296.9 Price Park Boat Rental 9-May Visit wix.com/pricelakeboatrentals/blueridgeparkway for more information.

382.2 Folk Art Center Open Year Round Visit craftguild.org for more information.

408.8 Pisgah Inn & Restaurant 1-Apr Visit pisgahinn.com for more information.

PICNIC AREAS (Restrooms available at picnic areas)

8.5 Humpback Rocks Picnic Area 9-May

63.6 James River Picnic Area 9-May

85.6 Peaks of Otter Picnic Area 9-May

154.5 Smart View Picnic Area 14-June

169 Rocky Knob Picnic Area 9-May

188.8 Groundhog Picnic Area 9-May

217.5 Cumberland Knob Picnic Area 9-May

241.1 Doughton Park Picnic Area 9-May

271.9 Jeffress Park Picnic Area 9-May

296.4 Price Park Picnic Area 9-May

316.4 Linville Falls Picnic Area 9-May Portable toilets available first week of fishing season, April 2 – 9; Full services available May 9

367.6 Craggy Gardens Picnic Area Late May. Pending road construction project completion

407.8 Mt. Pisgah Picnic Area 9-May

VISITOR CONTACT STATIONS & AREAS OF INTEREST

6 Humpback Rocks Visitor Center 3-May Open Daily, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

6 Humpback Rocks Farm 18-May Historic cabins and farmlife demonstrations Th. – Tues., 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

63.6 James River Visitor Center 16-May Open Wed. – Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

85.6 Peaks of Otter Visitor Center 18-May Open Daily, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

85.6 Johnson Farm 31-May Open Wed. – Sun., 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

169 Rocky Knob Visitor Center 24-May Weekends only, Sat. – Sun., 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.

176.2 Mabry Mill Developed Area 10-May Weekends only, May 10 – 24. Open daily beginning May 25 , 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

213 Blue Ridge Music Center Staggered beginning May 10 Thurs. -Mon., 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. with Mid-day Mountain Music available daily from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Open Daily beginning May 23; Concert Season begins May 24, visit blueridgemusiccenter.com for more information.

238.5 Brinegar Cabin 24-May Open Sat. & Sun. only, 10:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m. (including holidays)

294 Moses Cone Manor House 25-Apr Open daily, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. Manor House Tours available by reservation after June 7

304.4 Linn Cove Visitor Center 9-May Open daily, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

316.4 Linville Falls Visitor Center 9-May Open daily, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., with portable toilets from April 2 to May 9

330.9 North Carolina Museum of Minerals Open Year Round 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

364.5 Craggy Gardens Visitor Center Late May. Pending road construction project completion; once open daily hours, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

382.2 Folk Art Center Open Year Round 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m./6:00 p.m.; Visit southernhighlandguild.org for more information.

384.5 Asheville Visitor Center Open Year Round 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

451.2 Waterrock Knob Visitor Center 25-Apr 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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