Parkway Road Conditions
An open Parkway is a safe Parkway. Be sure to check road conditions online or by phone before you travel and during your visit.
These long term closures are currently in effect on the Blue Ridge Parkway:
- The 11-mile section from Milepost 270 at Phillips Gap to Milepost 281 at the Old U.S. 421/221 access is closed for bridge repairs and scheduled to reopen in January 2014, weather permitting. View the news release for more information.
- The 21-mile section from Milepost 355 at Mt. Mitchell State Park to Milepost 376 at Ox Creek Road is closed for road construction due to a slope failure and scheduled to reopen in late spring 2014. View the detour map for more information.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is open year round except for sections that may be closed due to ice and snow, storm damage, or for construction or maintenance activities. Blue Ridge Parkway road closure information is available online through a real-time road closure map provided by the National Park Service, or by calling the recorded Park Information Line at 828-298-0398.
Many factors affect the removal of ice and snow, such as extreme temperatures, lack of sunlight in constantly shaded areas, or thawing and refreezing on bridges. This may cause some sections to be closed for extended periods in the winter. These sections are only opened when they are safe for travel. Some sections of the Parkway cannot be gated and closed, and visitors should exercise extreme caution when traveling in these areas during the winter.
Weather-related closures can change quickly during the winter. It is best to call the information line both before and during your visit.