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 on the National Park Service website on a detailed list of Parkway sections, noting whether they are closed, open or ungated. That list, which is updated daily, can be found here.
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 NPS website. In certain severe circumstances, sections may be closed to all traffic – including hikers, bicyclists and skiers.
The section of the Blue Ridge Parkway from Milepost 316.5 to Milepost 317.5 is closed for a rehabilitation project at the historic Linville River Bridge. Detour signs will be in place to direct travelers around this area beginning at Milepost 312.5, routing park visitors around the project site via NC Route 181 and US Route 221. Access to Linville Falls visitor center, camping, and hiking activities will be available from the north at NC Route 181, near Pineola. See map below for details.
During this project, which is expected to last through the summer of 2021, both lanes at the project site, from Milepost 316.5 to 317.5, will be closed to all activity (cars, bicycles, and hikers) to ensure the safety of Parkway visitors and staff. This work requires equipment and workers to remain in the travel lanes during these activities.
The Linville River Bridge rehabilitation project includes repairs to the bridge’s drainage system, installation of a new waterproofing system, reconstruction of the paving, walks and curbs, and rehabilitation of the extensive stonework on the bridge and guard walls.
Repairs on the Roanoke River Bridge at Milepost 114 are scheduled to occur from March to September 2021. Repairs will require a full closure of this area; southbound drivers will need to detour at Milepost 112.2 in Vinton, VA and take US 220 through Roanoke to Adney Gap at Milepost 135.9. The Parkway will, however, be open from Milepost 121.4 (access to US 220) to Milepost 115.5 (Explore Park) providing Parkway access to Explore Park. See below for further details about road repairs in the Roanoke, VA area.
Significant rainfall in spring 2020 caused a full road failure roughly one hundred and fifty feet (150′) in length near Milepost 128. A repair timeline for this complex road failure is not yet available. Due to the hazardous nature of this slope failure, the section of Blue Ridge Parkway from US 220 (Milepost 121.4) to Adney Gap at U.S. Hwy 221 (Milepost 135.9) is closed to all uses including motor vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians.
Pavement preservation will be occurring at overlooks, parking & picnic areas along the VA sections of the Parkway from Spring to Fall 2021, requiring short-term site-specific closures. Check for current closures at www.nps.gov/blri.
Work is underway on a project to widen approximately 16.9 miles of I-26 from U.S. Hwy 64, in Hendersonville, to Brevard Road, in Asheville, NC. The widening of I-26 requires the installation of a new bridge on the Blue Ridge Parkway over the I-26 interstate at interstate mile marker 36 (near Parkway Milepost 391). Construction of the new bridge also requires realigning approximately 3000 linear feet of Parkway. Officials from NCDOT, the Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Department of the Interior and the Blue Ridge Parkway have agreed on a general plan to build the new bridge and remove the existing structure. The Parkway bridge project is expected to take approximately three years. Completion date according to NCDOT for the entire widening project is 2024. More information about the Parkway bridge project is available here.