Blue Ridge Parkway Announces 2018 Opening Dates

 

The Blue Ridge Parkway has announced the 2018 opening dates.

A reminder that the Linn Cove Viaduct at Grandfather Mountain is closed until May 24 for repaving and repairs. A traffic detour is in place from milepost 298.6 (Holloway Mountain Road) to Milepost 305.1 (U.S. 221). Gates will be located at milepost 303.6, Wilson Creek Overlook on the north and milepost 305.1, U.S. 221 on the south end of the work zone. Within the closed area, including the trail areas beneath the viaduct, the Parkway will be closed to motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians.

In the High Country portion of the Parkway:

Price Park Campground opens April 6 to October 28. Reservations are available on recreation.gov for May 20 – October 20. All sites are first-come, first-served until May 20 and during the last week in October. From April 6 – May 19, only Loop A will be open.

Linville Falls Campground opens April 6 to October 28. Reservations are available on recreation.gov for May 20 – October 20. All sites are first-come, first-served until May 20 and during the last week in October.

  Parkway Craft Center at the Moses Cone Manor March 30 – Nov. 30. Visit craftguild.org for more information.

 Price Park Boat Rental open April 7- May 27  Weekends Only (Fri-Sun) 11am-6pm;  May 28- September 2  Daily (Mon-Sun) 9am-7pm; September 7- October 28  Weekends Only  (Fri-Sun) 11am-6pm

Northwest Trading Post in Glendale Springs opens April 14 – Oct 31.

Price Park Picnic Area, Open Year Round, Portable toilets available in off season from late October to mid-May

 Linville Falls Picnic Area opens April 6-Oct 28 -Portable toilets available in off season from late October to mid-May

 Moses Cone Manor House opens May 25-Oct 28

Linn Cove Visitor Center opens May 25-Oct 28

  Linville Falls Visitor Center opens May 25-Oct 28

MilepostVisitor Center/Area2018 Operating DatesNotes
5.8Humpback Rocks Visitor CenterMay 25-Oct 28
5.8Humpback Rocks FarmMay 25-Oct 28
63.6James River Visitor CenterMay 25-Oct 28
85.6Peaks of Otter Visitor CenterMay 25-Oct 28
85.6Johnson FarmMay 25-Oct 28
169Rocky Knob Visitor CenterMay 25-Oct 28
176.2Mabry Mill Cultural SiteMay 25-Oct 28
213Blue Ridge Music CenterMay 4-Oct 28From May 4-24, open Thursday- Monday. Closed Tues/Weds. Beginning May 24, the center will be open daily. Visit blueridgemusiccenter.org for more information.
238.5Brinegar CabinMay 25-Oct 28
241.1Doughton Park Visitor CenterMay 25-Oct 28
294Moses Cone Manor HouseMay 25-Oct 28
304.4Linn Cove Visitor CenterMay 25-Oct 28
316.4Linville Falls Visitor CenterMay 25-Oct 28
330.9North Carolina Museum of MineralsOpen Year RoundOpen Daily, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM (Closed noon-1:00 PM).
364.5Craggy Gardens Visitor CenterMay 25-Oct 28
382.2Folk Art CenterOpen Year RoundOpen Daily 9:00 AM-6:00 PM through December; Open 9:00 AM-5:00 PM January-March
384.5Asheville Visitor CenterOpen Year RoundOpen Daily 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
451.2Waterrock Knob Visitor CenterMay 25-Oct 28

Campgrounds

Advance reservations available on www.recreation.gov. During the last week in October, all campgrounds operate on a first-come, first-served basis. Last night of camping is October 28, 2018. Campers must check out by noon on October 29. New firewood regulations are in effect.

Please note that limited services may be available earlier in the season. Additional details concerning opening dates will be available by April 1.

MilepostCampground2018 Operating DatesNotes
60.8Otter Creek CampgroundMay 20-Oct 28Reservations available on recreation.gov for May 20 – October 20.
85.6Peaks of Otter CampgroundMay 20-Oct 28Reservations available on recreation.gov for May 20 – October 20.
167.1Rocky Knob CampgroundMay 20-Oct 28Reservations available on recreation.gov for May 20 – October 20.
239.2Doughton Park CampgroundMay 20-Oct 28Reservations available on recreation.gov for May 20 – October 20.
296.9Price Park CampgroundApril 6-Oct 28Reservations are available on recreation.gov for May 20 – October 20. All sites are first-come, first-served until May 20 and during the last week in October. From April 6 – May 19, only Loop A will be open.
316.4Linville Falls CampgroundApril 6-Oct 28Reservations are available on recreation.gov for May 20 – October 20. All sites are first-come, first-served until May 20 and during the last week in October.
339.5Crabtree Falls CampgroundMay 20-Oct 28Open first come, first served. Reservations not available.
408.8Mount Pisgah CampgroundMay 20-Oct 28Reservations available on recreation.gov for May 20 – October 20.

Concession Facilities

MilepostConcession2018 Operating DatesNotes
85.6Peaks of Otter Lodge and RestaurantOpen most weekends in winter.
Open daily March 16 – Nov 26.
Visit peaksofotter.com for winter operating dates and reservation information.
85.6Peaks of Otter Country StoreSee peaksofotter.com for schedule
85.6Sharp Top Shuttle at Peaks of OtterSee peaksofotter.com for schedule
Sharp Top StoreSee peaksofotter.com for schedule
176.2Mabry Mill Restaurant & Gift ShopApril 27 – Nov 4Visit mabrymillrestaurant.com for more information.
258.7Northwest Trading PostApril 14 – Oct 31Visit goo.gl/HmvaKV for more information.
294Parkway Craft Center at the Moses Cone ManorMarch 30 – Nov. 30Visit craftguild.org for more information.
296.9Price Park Boat RentalSee pricelakeboatrentals.com for schedule
382.2Folk Art CenterOpen Year RoundVisit craftguild.org for more information.
408.8Pisgah Inn & RestaurantApril 1 – Oct 31Visit pisgahinn.com for more information.

Picnic Areas

Please note that limited services may be available earlier in the season. Additional details concerning opening dates and hours will be available by April 1.

MilepostPicnic Area2018
Operating Dates
Notes
8.5Humpback Rocks Picnic AreaMay 25-Oct 28
63.6James River Picnic AreaMay 25-Oct 28
85.6Peaks of Otter Picnic AreaMay 25-Oct 28
120.4Roanoke Mountain Picnic AreaMay 25-Oct 28
154.5Smart View Picnic AreaMay 25-Oct 28
169Rocky Knob Picnic AreaMay 25-Oct 28
188.8Groundhog Picnic AreaMay 25-Oct 28
217.5Cumberland Knob Picnic AreaMay 25-Oct 28
241.1Doughton Park Picnic AreaMay 25-Oct 28
271.9Jeffress Park Picnic AreaMay 25-Oct 28Portable toilets available in off season from late October to mid-May
296.4Price Park Picnic AreaOpen Year RoundPortable toilets available in off season from late October to mid-May
316.4Linville Falls Picnic AreaApril 6-Oct 28Portable toilets available in off season from late October to mid-May
340.2Crabtree Falls Picnic AreaMay 25-Oct 28
367.6Craggy Gardens Picnic AreaMay 25-Oct 28
407.8Mount Pisgah Picnic AreaMay 25-Oct 28

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