2013 Blue Ridge Parkway Opening and Closing Dates

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ASHEVILLE, NC:  The Blue Ridge Parkway is pleased to announce its 2013 season opening schedule. Because of the five percent budget reduction that is in place as a result of the current federally mandated sequestration, the Parkway is unable to hire its full complement of seasonal employees.  Therefore park visitors will notice some facility closures and reduced hours and services in some areas. The current opening schedule for those facilities that will open this year, calls for these areas to be fully operational by May 24.  We regret that reductions to our usual visitor service may cause some inconvenience for park visitors and will keep the public informed if the situation changes. As a unit of the National Park Service, the Blue Ridge Parkway remains committed to its mission to serve the public and preserve our nation’s resources for future generations. 

 The full schedule follows:

Milepost

Facility

Open   Date

Notes:

CAMPGROUNDS (For reservation information visit recreation.gov)

60.8

Otter Creek Campground

CLOSED  

 

85.6

Peaks of Otter Campground

24-May

Three loops open for season.

120.4

Roanoke Mountain Campground

CLOSED

Plans to accommodate Sunday afternoon Mountain Music series in development.

167.1

Rocky Knob Campground

24-May

Two loops open for season.

239.2

Doughton Park Campground

24-May

RV loop and one tent camping loop open for season.

296.9

Price Park Campground

24-May

All sites open.

316.4

Linville Falls Campground

24-May

All sites open.

339.5

Crabtree Falls Campground

CLOSED

 

408.8

Mt. Pisgah Campground

24-May

All sites open.

CONCESSION FACILITIES

 

60.8

Otter Creek Restaurant

CLOSED  

Pending concession contract; Portable toilets available for the month of April fishing season.

85.6

Peaks of Otter Lodge

CLOSED  

Pending concession contract; early summer opening TBD.

169

Rocky Knob Rental Cabins

CLOSED  

Pending completion of facility repairs.

176.2

Mabry Mill Restaurant

1-May

Visit mabrymillrestaurant.com for more information.

239.2

Bluffs Lodge/Restaurant

CLOSED  

Pending concession contract.

258.7

Northwest Trading Post

CLOSED

Pending concession contract; early summer opening TBD.

294

Parkway Craft Center at the Moses Cone Manor

15-Mar

Visit southernhighlandguild.org for more information.

296.9

Price Park Boat Rental

Staggered,   beginning April 6

Visit pricelakeboatrentals.wix.com/blueridgeparkway# for more information.

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.

408.8

Pisgah Inn & Restaurant

1-Apr

Visit pisgahinn.com for more information.

PICNIC AREAS (Restrooms available at  picnic areas, with exceptions noted below)

8.5

Humpback Rocks Picnic Area

24-May

 

63.6

James River Picnic Area

CLOSED

 

85.6

Peaks of Otter Picnic Area

24-May

 

154.5

Smart View Picnic Area

CLOSED

 

169

Rocky Knob Picnic Area

24-May

 

188.8

Groundhog Picnic Area

24-May

 

217.5

Cumberland Knob Picnic Area

24-May

 

241.1

Doughton Park Picnic Area

CLOSED

 

271.9

Jefferies Park Picnic Area

CLOSED

Trailhead access open; Portable toilets available in parking lot.

296.4

Price Park Picnic Area

24-May

 

316.4

Linville Falls Picnic Area

5-Apr

Portable toilets available for fishing season; Restrooms open May 24.

340.2

Crabtree Falls Picnic Area

CLOSED

 

367.6

Craggy Gardens Picnic Area

26-Apr

Portable toilets available until May 24 when restrooms open.

407.8

Mt. Pisgah Picnic Area

24-May

 

VISITOR CONTACT STATIONS   & AREAS OF INTEREST

6

Humpback Rocks Visitor Center

3-May

Open Daily, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Portable toilets available until May 24 when   restrooms open.

6

Humpback Rocks Farm

24-May

Historic cabins open Th. – Mon.; Farm life demonstrations offered Sat. and Sun.

63.6

James River Visitor Center

CLOSED

 

85.6

Peaks of Otter Visitor Center

24-May

Open Daily, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

85.6

Peaks of Otter  Nature Center

24-May

Open Sat. & Sun. only, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

85.6

Johnson Farm

24-May

Open Th. - Mon. only, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

169

Rocky Knob Visitor Center

CLOSED

 

176.2

Mabry Mill Developed Area

24-May

Historic Cabins Open Daily, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

213

Blue Ridge Music Center

Staggered,   beginning May 4

From May 4, Thu. - Mon., 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. with Mid-Day Mountain Music available Th. - Mon., 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.; From May 24, Open Daily, 10:00   a.m. - 5:00 p.m. with Mid-day Mountain Music available daily from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Concert Season begins May 24, visit blueridgemusicenter.com for more information.

238.5

Brinegar Cabin

24-May

Open Sat. & Sun. only, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

294

Moses Cone Manor House

3-May

Open daily, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. Manor House Tours available by reservation after June 1

304.4

Linn Cove Visitor Center

3-May

Open daily, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Portable toilets available until May 24 when restrooms open.

316.4

Linville Falls Visitor Center

3-May

 Open daily, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Portable toilets available until May 24 when restrooms open.

330.9

North Carolina Museum of Minerals

Open   Year Round

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

339.5

Crabtree Falls Visitor Center

CLOSED

Visitor Center parking area open to access Crabtree Falls Trail.

364.5

Craggy Gardens Visitor Center

Staggered,   beginning April 19

From April 19, Fri. & Sat., 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; From May 3, Open Daily, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Portable toilets available until May 24 when restrooms open.

384.5

Asheville Visitor Center

Open   Year Round

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

451.2

Waterrock Knob Visitor Center

3-May

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

*   Please note, schedule subject to change. Check nps.gov/blri for updates on concessions and other park information.