Operating Hours & Seasons

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From back country trails and camping, to favorite picnic areas and full service concession operations, the parkway offers visitors a wealth of opportunities to experience the scenic beauty and natural and cultural heritage of the southern Appalachian region.

Operating schedules are subject to change in support of federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. More Info...

Facility operating schedules are also subject to change due to adverse weather conditions and other uncontrollable factors. Real-time road information is available at www.nps.gov/maps/blri/road-closures.

 

Visitor Centers & Areas of Interest


Operating schedules are subject to change in a continuing effort to support federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Milepost Visitor Center/Area 2020 Operating Dates Notes
5.8 Humpback Rocks Visitor Center May 1 - Nov 1 Open daily, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The farm at Humpback Rocks is open daily from May 22- Nov 1.
63.6 James River Visitor Center May 22 - Nov 1 Open Wednesday-Sunday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Closed 30 minutes for lunch between noon and 1:00 PM
85.6 Peaks of Otter Visitor Center May 1 - Nov 1 Open daily, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
85.6 Johnson Farm May 15 - Oct 4 Grounds around farm open for self-guided tours. Buildings open Thursday-Monday, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
169 Rocky Knob Visitor Center May 15 - Nov 1 Open daily 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
176.2 Mabry Mill Cultural Site May 25 - Nov 1 Open daily 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Music on Sunday afternoons from 1:00 - 4:00 PM during summer and fall.
213 Blue Ridge Music Center May 1 - Nov 1 Open Thurs - Mon until May 24, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Closed Tues - Weds. // Beginning May 24, the center will be open daily. Visit blueridgemusiccenter.org for more information.
238.5 Brinegar Cabin May 30 - Nov 1 Open Sat - Sun, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
241.1 Doughton Park Visitor Center May 24 - Nov 1 Open Thurs - Mon, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Closed Tues-Weds.
294 Moses Cone Manor House May 1 - Nov 20 Open daily, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
304.4 Linn Cove Visitor Center May 1 - Nov 1 Open daily, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
316.4 Linville Falls Visitor Center May 1 - Nov 1 Open daily, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
330.9 North Carolina Museum of Minerals Closed until further notice due to COVID-19 Currently closed due to COVID-19. Normally open daily, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

364.5 Craggy Gardens Visitor Center Closed until further notice due to COVID-19 Currently closed due to COVID-19. Normally open daily, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM from April until November.
382.2 Folk Art Center Closed until further notice due to COVID-19 Currently closed due to COVID-19. Normally open daily 9:00 AM-6:00 PM in April-December; and 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM in January-March. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
384.5 Asheville Visitor Center Closed until further notice due to COVID-19 Currently closed due to COVID-19. Normally open daily, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
451.2 Waterrock Knob Visitor Center Closed until further notice due to COVID-19 Currently closed due to COVID-19. Normally open daily, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM from April until November.

 

Campgrounds

Operating schedules are subject to change in a continuing effort to support federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Firewood regulations are in effect.

Milepost Campground 2020 Operating Dates Notes
60.8 Otter Creek Campground May 15 - Nov 1 Reservations available on www.recreation.gov for May 15 - Oct 24. First-come, first-served Oct 25 - Nov 1.
85.6 Peaks of Otter Campground May 15 - Nov 1 Reservations available on www.recreation.gov for May 15 - Oct 24. First-come, first-served Oct 25 - Nov 1.
167.1 Rocky Knob Campground May 15 - Nov 1 Reservations available on www.recreation.gov for May 15 - Oct 24. First-come, first-served Oct 25 - Nov 1.
239.2 Doughton Park Campground May 15 - Nov 1 Reservations available on www.recreation.gov for May 15 - Oct 24. First-come, first-served Oct 25 - Nov 1.
296.9 Price Park Campground Closed until further notice due to COVID-19 Reservations available on www.recreation.gov for May 15 - Oct 24. First-come, first-served through May 14, and Oct 25 - Nov 1.
316.4 Linville Falls Campground Closed until further notice due to COVID-19 Reservations available on www.recreation.gov for May 15 - Oct 24. First-come, first-served through May 14, and Oct 25 - Nov 1.
339.5 Crabtree Falls Campground May 15 - Nov 1 Reservations available on www.recreation.gov for May 15 - Oct 24. First-come, first-served Oct 25 - Nov 1.
408.8 Mount Pisgah Campground May 15 - Nov 1 Reservations available on www.recreation.gov for May 15 - Oct 24. First-come, first-served Oct 25 - Nov 1.
 

Concession Facilities

Operating schedules are subject to change in a continuing effort to support federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Milepost Concession 2020 Operating Dates Notes
85.6 Peaks of Otter Lodge and Restaurant May 1 - Nov 29 Visit peaksofotter.com for operating dates and reservation information.
85.6 Peaks of Otter Country Store See peaksofotter.com for schedule
85.6 Sharp Top Shuttle at Peaks of Otter May 4 - Nov 3 Operating days through the week vary by season. See peaksofotter.com for details of the schedule.
85.6 Sharp Top Store See peaksofotter.com for schedule
176.2 Mabry Mill Restaurant & Gift Shop Mid-May (To be determined) - Nov 1 Visit mabrymillrestaurant.com for more information.
258.7 Northwest Trading Post To be determined
294 Parkway Craft Center at the Moses Cone Manor Closed until further notice due to COVID-19 Operating hours vary by season. Visit craftguild.org for more information.
296.9 Price Park Boat Rental April 10 - Nov 1 In spring and fall, open on weekends only. See pricelakeboatrentals.wix.com for schedule details.
382.2 Folk Art Center Closed until further notice due to COVID-19 Visit craftguild.org for more information.
408.8 Pisgah Inn & Restaurant May 1 - Oct 31 Visit pisgahinn.com for more information.
 

Picnic Areas

Operating schedules are subject to change in a continuing effort to support federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Milepost Picnic Area
2020 Operating Dates
Notes
8.5 Humpback Rocks Picnic Area May 15 - Nov 1
63.6 James River Picnic Area Closed until further notice due to COVID-19
85.6 Peaks of Otter Picnic Area May 15 - Nov 1
120.4 Roanoke Mountain Picnic Area May 15-Oct 31
154.5 Smart View Picnic Area May 15-Oct 31
169 Rocky Knob Picnic Area May 15-Oct 31
188.8 Groundhog Picnic Area May 15-Oct 31
217.5 Cumberland Knob Picnic Area May 15-Oct 31
241.1 Doughton Park Picnic Area May 15- Oct 31
271.9 Jeffress Park Picnic Area May 15-Oct 31
296.4 Price Park Picnic Area Closed until further notice due to COVID-19
316.4 Linville Falls Picnic Area Closed until further notice due to COVID-19
340.2 Crabtree Falls Picnic Area May 15-Oct 31
367.6 Craggy Gardens Picnic Area May 15-Oct 31
407.8 Mount Pisgah Picnic Area May 15-Oct 31

Last updated: April 1, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

199 Hemphill Knob Rd
Asheville, NC 28803

Phone:

(828) 348-3400

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