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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.  Weather-related closures can change quickly during the winter. Even in summer months, winds at higher elevations have been known to bring down limbs that close sections of the Parkway. An open Parkway is a safe Parkway.

Be sure to check road conditions before you travel and during your visit to ensure the areas you want to visit are open.

Blue Ridge Parkway road closure information is available online through the Real-Time Road Closure Map provided by the National Park Service.

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. It is  important to observe all signs, and information posted on the Real-Time Map. In certain severe circumstances, sections may be closed to all traffic – including hikers, bicyclists and skiers.