Blue Ridge Parkway prepares for fall travel season

blue ridgeThe Blue Ridge Parkway is expecting a robust fall visitor season along the 469-mile linear national park which offers breathtaking scenic beauty and a wide variety of educational and cultural experiences. October is historically one of the Parkway’s highest visitation months and park managers anticipate that tradition to continue.

Visitors can find helpful information as they plan for their Parkway experience from a variety of sources. The park website provides a real-time road closure map, facility schedules, safety information, suggested itineraries, visitor center locations, and much more at www.nps.gov/blri. Recorded late season wildflower blooming and fall foliage information is available at 828.298.0398 and is updated regularly. Visitors can follow park updates on social media at www.facebook.com/BlueRidgeNPS.

Park visitors are encouraged to plan visits carefully to avoid unexpected road or weather conditions. Considering its unique design and changes in elevation, the Parkway drive is different than most and visitors are encouraged to pay extra attention when driving. The safest way to enjoy fall color is by parking at overlooks available along the motor road at regular intervals. In addition, park staff remind visitors that the Parkway is a living and fragile resource. Visitors can help protect it by following park regulations while in the park.

Parkway staff has begun making preparations for seasonal facility closures. The full listing of facilities, with 2014 closing dates if applicable, is available below and on the park’s website at http://www.nps.gov/blri/planyourvisit/hours.htm.

2014 FALL/WINTER FACILITY SCHEDULE:

CAMPGROUNDS (Reservations before Oct. 24, 2014 visit recreation.gov. Camping on walk-in basis between Oct. 26 – Nov. 1, 2014)

MILEPOST CAMPGROUND OPEN THROUGH NOTES

60.8

Otter Creek Campground 2-Nov Full services available through the evening of November 1, 2014.

85.6

Peaks of Otter Campground 2-Nov Full services available through the evening of November 1, 2014.

167.1

Rocky Knob Campground 2-Nov Two loops open for season; Full services available through the evening of November 1, 2014.

239.2

Doughton Park Campground 2-Nov RV loop and one tent camping loop open for season; Full services available through the evening of November 1, 2014.

296.9

Price Park Campground 2-Nov Full services available through the evening of November 1, 2014.

316.4

Linville Falls Campground 2-Nov Full services available through the evening of November 1, 2014.

408.8

Mt. Pisgah Campground 2-Nov Full services available through the evening of November 1, 2014.

 

CONCESSION FACILITIES

MILEPOST CONCESSION OPEN THROUGH NOTES
85.6 Peaks of Otter Lodge 30-Nov Open through lunch on Sun., November 30, 2014; Open weekends & holidays through the winter; visitpeaksofotter.com for more information.
85.6 Peaks of Otter Country Store 31-Oct Open Wednesday through Sun., 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
176.2 Mabry Mill Restaurant & Gift Shop 2-Nov Visit mabrymillrestaurant.com for more information.
258.7 Northwest Trading Post 31-Oct Visit facebook.com/profile.php?id=531619223549658 for more information
294 Parkway Craft Center at the Moses Cone Manor 30-Nov Open daily 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., weather permitting. Closed Thanksgiving Day. Visit craftguild.orgfor more information.
296.9 Price Park Boat Rental Staggered beginningSept. 30 Open daily 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. through September 30, 2014. Open weekends, weather permitting, Fri. through Sun. through October 26, 2014; visit wix.com/pricelakeboatrentals/blueridgeparkway for more information.
382.2 Folk Art Center Open Year Round Visit craftguild.org for seasonal hours, special events, and more information.
408.8 Pisgah Inn & Restaurant 2-Nov Open through breakfast on Sun., November 2, 2014; visit pisgahinn.com for more information.

PICNIC AREAS (Restrooms available at all picnic areas. Picnic Areas close for the season at dusk on Sun., November 2, 2014.)

MILEPOST PICNIC AREA OPEN THROUGH NOTES
8.5 Humpback Rocks Picnic Area 2-Nov
63.6 James River Picnic Area 2-Nov
85.6 Peaks of Otter Picnic Area 2-Nov
120.4 Roanoke Mtn. Day Use Area 2-Nov Last concert of the season on Sunday, September 28, 2014.
154.5 Smart View Picnic Area 2-Nov
169 Rocky Knob Picnic Area 2-Nov
188.8 Groundhog Picnic Area 2-Nov
217.5 Cumberland Knob Picnic Area 2-Nov
241.1 Doughton Park Picnic Area 2-Nov
271.9 Jeffress Park Picnic Area 2-Nov
296.4 Price Park Picnic Area Open Year Round Portable toilets only after November 2, 2014.
316.4 Linville Falls Picnic Area 2-Nov
367.6 Craggy Gardens Picnic Area 2-Nov
407.8 Mt. Pisgah Picnic Area 2-Nov

VISITOR CONTACT STATIONS & AREAS OF INTEREST

MILEPOST VISITOR CTR/ AREA OPEN THROUGH NOTES
6 Humpback Rocks Visitor Center 2-Nov Open Daily, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
6 Humpback Rocks Farm 26-Oct Seasonal cultural and farmlife demonstrations daily, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. After Oct. 26, grounds open year round for self-guided tour.
63.6 James River Visitor Center 2-Nov Open Wed. – Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
85.6 Peaks of Otter Visitor Center 2-Nov at 4:00 p.m. Open Daily, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
85.6 Johnson Farm 6-Oct Open Th. – Mon.,  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Grounds open year round for self-guided tour.
169 Rocky Knob Visitor Center 26-Oct Weekends only, Sat. – Sun., 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.
176.2 Mabry Mill Exhibits Cultural demonstrations through Oct. 26, 2014 Grounds open year round for self-guided tour.
213 Blue Ridge Music Center 2-Nov Visitor Center & Roots of American Music Exhibit close November 2, 2014. Mid Day Music also concludes Nov. 2. Last outdoor concert of the season Sat., October 11, 2014; visit blueridgemusiccenter.com for more information.
238.5 Brinegar Cabin 26-Oct Open Sat. & Sun. only, 10:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m.
294 Moses Cone Manor House 2-Nov Visitor Center open daily, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. Manor House Tours conclude for the seaon on October 19, 2014. Estate grounds open year round for self-guided tour.
304.4 Linn Cove Visitor Center 2-Nov Open daily, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
316.4 Linville Falls Visitor Center 11-Nov Open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. with full utilities through Nov. 2, 2014, Portable toilets on site from November 3 – 11, 2014.
330.9 North Carolina Museum of Minerals Open Year Round Open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Closed daily for lunch from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. beginning November 2, 2014.
364.5 Craggy Gardens Visitor Center 11-Nov Open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. with full utilities through Nov. 2, 2014, Portable toilets on site from November 3 – 11, 2014.
382.2 Folk Art Center Open Year Round Seasonal hours: Open daily 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m through December; Open daily 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. January through 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 2-Nov 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

* Please note, schedule subject to change.


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