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Facility Hours & Closings

 

2016 SPRING/SUMMER FACILITY SCHEDULE:

CAMPGROUNDS (Open first come, first served with self-registration through May 14; Reservations available on recreation.gov starting May 15)

MILEPOST

CAMPGROUND

OPEN DATE

NOTES

60.8

Otter Creek Campground

May 6

Full services available.

85.6

Peaks of Otter Campground

May 6 Full services available.

167.1

Rocky Knob Campground

May 6

Full services available.

239.2

Doughton Park Campground

May 6

RV loop and one tent camping loop open for season.

296.9

Price Park Campground

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

316.4

Linville Falls Campground

April 1 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  Full services available.

408.8

Mt. Pisgah Campground

May 6

Full services available.

 
CONCESSION FACILITIES

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CONCESSION

OPEN DATE

NOTES

85.6

Peaks of Otter Lodge

March 18

Full services available; Sharp Top bus service begins May 7; and Peaks Country Store open April 9; visit peaksofotter.com for more information.

176.2

Mabry Mill Restaurant & Gift Shop

April 29

Visit mabrymillrestaurant.com for more information.

258.7

Northwest Trading Post

April 18

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

294

Parkway Craft Center at the Moses Cone Manor

March 15

Visit craftguild.org for more information.

296.9

Price Park Boat Rental

April 1

Open Fri.-Sun. only through 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

Visit pisgahinn.com for more information.

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

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PICNIC AREA

OPEN DATE

NOTES

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

63.6

James River Picnic Area

April 15

 

Portable toilets available prior to May 5

85.6

Peaks of Otter Picnic Area

April 15 Portable toilets available prior to May 5

120.4

Roanoke Mtn. Picnic Area

April 15

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

Portable toilets available prior to May 5

169

Rocky Knob Picnic Area

April 15

Portable toilets available prior to May 5

188.8

Groundhog Picnic Area

April 15

Portable toilets available prior to May 5

217.5

Cumberland Knob Picnic Area

April 15

Portable toilets available prior to May 5

241.1

Doughton Park Picnic Area

April 15

Portable toilets available prior to May 5

271.9

Jeffress Park Picnic Area

April 15

Portable toilets available prior to May 5

296.4

Price Park Picnic Area

Open Year Round

Portable toilets available prior to May 5

316.4

Linville Falls Picnic Area

April 3

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 Portable toilets available prior to May 5

367.6

Craggy Gardens Picnic Area

April 15

Portable toilets available prior to May 5

407.8

Mt. Pisgah Picnic Area

April 15

Portable toilets available prior to May 5
 

VISITOR CONTACT STATIONS & AREAS OF INTEREST

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VISITOR CTR/ AREA

OPEN DATE

NOTES

5.8

Humpback Rocks Visitor Center

April 29

Open Daily, 10:00 a.m. –5:00 p.m.

5.8

Humpback Rocks Farm

May 13

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

63.6

James River Visitor Center

May 6

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

85.6

Peaks of Otter Visitor Center

May 6

Open Daily, 10:00 a.m. –5:00 p.m.

85.6

Nature Center

May 13

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 Open Th.-Mon., 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

169

Rocky Knob Visitor Center

May 7

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

176.2

Mabry Mill Cultural Site

May 7 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 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

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

Open Fri-Sun 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.;open daily beginning 4/29/2016; also see Concession Facility note

 

304.4

Linn Cove Visitor Center

April 29

Open daily, 10:00 a.m. –5:00 p.m.

316.4

Linville Falls Visitor Center

April 29

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

Open 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Fri. - Sun. through May 1;open daily beginning May 2; beginning May 22 open until 5:00 p.m.

382.2

Folk Art Center

Open Year Round

Open Daily, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m./6:00 p.m.

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

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

 
* Please note, schedule subject to change. Real time road closing/opening information is available at http://www.nps.gov/maps/blri/road-closures/.

 



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