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Facility Hours & Closings

 

2016 FACILITY SCHEDULE:

CAMPGROUNDS (Open first-come, first-served with self-registration through May 14; Reservations available on recreation.gov May 15 through October 28; during the last weekend in October, all campgrounds operate on a first-come, first-served basis; last night for camping October 30 with campgrounds closing at noon the following day).

MILEPOST

CAMPGROUND

2016 DATES

NOTES

60.8

Otter Creek Campground

May 6 - Oct 31

Full services available.

85.6

Peaks of Otter Campground

May 6 - Oct 31 Full services available.

167.1

Rocky Knob Campground

May 6 - Oct 31

Full services available.

239.2

Doughton Park Campground

May 6 - Oct 31

RV loop and one tent camping loop open for season.

296.9

Price Park Campground

April 1 - Oct 31
Self-registration and Loop A only open April 1 - May 5. After May 5, full services available.

316.4

Linville Falls Campground

April 1 - Oct 31
Self-registration until May 5. Full services available. Trout waters open 7:00 a.m. on April 2.
339.5 Crabtree Falls Campground May 6 - Oct 31  Full services available.

408.8

Mt. Pisgah Campground

May 6 - Oct 31

Full services available.

 
CONCESSION FACILITIES

MILEPOST

CONCESSION

2016 DATES

NOTES

85.6

Peaks of Otter Lodge

March 18 - Nov 28

Full services available through Nov 28; open weekends during winter; Sharp Top bus service runs May 7 - Oct 30; Peaks Country Store open April 9 - Oct 30; visit peaksofotter.com for more information.

176.2

Mabry Mill Restaurant & Gift Shop

April 29 - Oct 31

Visit mabrymillrestaurant.com for more information.

258.7

Northwest Trading Post

April 18 - Oct 31

Visit facebook.com/profile.php?id=531619223549658 for more information.

294

Parkway Craft Center at the Moses Cone Manor

March 15 - Nov 30

Visit craftguild.org for more information.

296.9

Price Park Boat Rental

April 1 - Oct 30

Open Fri.-Sun. only April 1 - May 27; Open daily beginning May 27. 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

April 1 - Oct 31

Visit pisgahinn.com for more information.

 
PICNIC AREAS (Open daily until sunset; Restrooms available at all picnic areas.)

MILEPOST

PICNIC AREA

2016 DATES

NOTES

8.5 Humpback Rocks Picnic Area April 15 - Oct 30
Portable toilets available prior to May 5

63.6

James River Picnic Area

April 15 - Oct 30

 

Portable toilets available prior to May 5

85.6

Peaks of Otter Picnic Area

April 15 - Oct 30 Portable toilets available prior to May 5

120.4

Roanoke Mtn. Picnic Area

April 15 - Oct 30

Portable toilets available prior to May 5 ; Sunday Mtn. Music programs begin May 29, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

154.5

Smart View Picnic Area

April 15 - Oct 30

Portable toilets available prior to May 5

169

Rocky Knob Picnic Area

April 15 - Oct 30

Portable toilets available prior to May 5

188.8

Groundhog Picnic Area

April 15 - Oct 30

Portable toilets available prior to May 5

217.5

Cumberland Knob Picnic Area

April 15 - Oct 30

Portable toilets available prior to May 5

241.1

Doughton Park Picnic Area

April 15 - Oct 30

Portable toilets available prior to May 5

271.9

Jeffress Park Picnic Area

April 15 - Oct 30

Portable toilets available prior to May 5

296.4

Price Park Picnic Area

Open Year Round

Portable toilets available prior to May 5 and after Oct 30

316.4

Linville Falls Picnic Area

April 3 - Oct 30

April 2 (12 noon) - May 5, 2016 one loop open with comfort station; Full services for entire area available beginning May 5
340.2 Crabtree Falls Picnic Area April 15 - Oct 30 Portable toilets available prior to May 5

367.6

Craggy Gardens Picnic Area

April 15 - Oct 30

Portable toilets available prior to May 5

407.8

Mt. Pisgah Picnic Area

April 15 - Oct 30

Portable toilets available prior to May 5
 

VISITOR CONTACT STATIONS & AREAS OF INTEREST

MILEPOST

VISITOR CTR/ AREA

2016 DATES

NOTES

5.8

Humpback Rocks Visitor Center

April 29 - Oct 30

Open Daily, 10:00 a.m. –5:00 p.m.

5.8

Humpback Rocks Farm

May 13 - Oct 28

Open Daily, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Weekend farm-life demonstrations

63.6

James River Visitor Center

May 6 - Oct 30

Open Wed. - Sun. 10:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m. weekdays; 9:00-5:00 pm on weekends

85.6

Peaks of Otter Visitor Center

May 6 - Oct 30

Open Daily, 10:00 a.m. –5:00 p.m.

85.6

Nature Center

May 13 - Oct 30

Open Daily, 10:00 a.m. –5:00 p.m. (with 1 hour closure at 12:00 p.m.)

85.6 Johnson Farm May 13 - Oct 2
Open Th.-Mon., 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

169

Rocky Knob Visitor Center

May 7 - Oct 30

Open Sat.-Sun.; 10:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m.

176.2

Mabry Mill Cultural Site

May 7 - Oct 30
Open 10am-4pm Sat.-Sun. only through May 22; Open daily beginning May 28; Weekly music begins May 29

213

Blue Ridge Music Center

May 7 - Oct 30
Open 10am-5pm Thurs. - Mon. through May 23, with Mid-day Mountain Music available daily from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Open daily beginning May 26; Concert Season begins May 21, visit blueridgemusiccenter.org for more information.

238.5

Brinegar Cabin

May 7 - Oct 30

Open Sat. & Sun. only, 10:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m. (including holidays); Special request programs may be available during the week by calling 540-745-9680

294

Moses Cone Manor House

April 15 - Nov 27

Open Fri.-Sun. Apr. 15-29; Open daily 10:00 am - 5:00 pm April 29 through Oct. 30; then open 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Fri.-Sun. through Nov. 27. See Concession Facility note. 

 

304.4

Linn Cove Visitor Center

April 29 - Oct 30

Open daily, 10:00 a.m. –5:00 p.m.

316.4

Linville Falls Visitor Center

April 29 - Oct 30

Open daily, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

330.9

North Carolina Museum of Minerals

Open Year Round

Open daily from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

364.5

Craggy Gardens Visitor Center

April 15 - Nov 13

Open 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Fri.-Sun. Apr. 15-May 1; open daily beginning May 2; beginning May 22 open until 5:00 p.m. through Oct. 29; then open 10:00 - 4:00 pm daily through Nov 13. 

382.2

Folk Art Center

Open Year Round

Open daily 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. April - December; open daily 9:00 - 5:00 pm January - March.

384.5

Asheville Visitor Center

Open Year Round

Open Daily, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

451.2

Waterrock Knob Visitor Center

April 29 - Nov 13

Open daily 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. through Oct 29, then open 1:00-4:00 pm Fri.-Sun. through Nov 13.

 
* Please note, schedule subject to change. Real time road closing/opening information is available at http://go.nps.gov/parkway-realtime-map

 



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