Blue Ridge Parkway welcomes visitors for 2016 season

blue ridge parkwayBlue Ridge Parkway managers are pleased to announce the spring 2016 opening dates for facilities and visitor services along the scenic, 469-mile route. As the National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2016, Parkway staff, volunteers, concession operators, and other partners are making plans for a robust season.

The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the largest designed landscapes in the country, providing visitors with a wide variety of opportunities to make meaningful connections to the nature, history, and culture of the southern Appalachian mountain region.  “During the NPS Centennial, we want to encourage Parkway visitors to explore this special park in new and different ways,” said Mark Woods, Superintendent of the Blue Ridge Parkway. “We want visitors to celebrate their own personal connections with this park and consider how this place will be available for future generations of visitors.”

Parkway visitors are also reminded to take time to carefully plan their visit. Considering its unique design, the Parkway drive is different than most and this can mean taking extra care to ensure a safe visit. Information is available to help plan a memorable and safe Parkway experience on the park’s website at www.nps.gov/blri, the real time road map site atwww.nps.gov/maps/blri/road-closures/, in any Parkway visitor center, and by following Parkway social media sites with the handle @BlueRidgeNPS.

 

2016 Blue Ridge Parkway Spring Season Opening Schedule
MilepostFacilityOpen DateNotes:
CAMPGROUNDS (Open first come, first served with self-registration through May 14; Reservations available onrecreation.gov starting May 15)
60.8Otter Creek Campground6-MayFull services available.
85.6Peaks of Otter Campground6-MayFull services available.
167.1Rocky Knob Campground6-MayFull services available.
239.2Doughton Park Campground6-MayRV loop and one tent camping loop open for season.
296.9Price Park Campground1-AprSelf registration and Loop A only open April 1 – May. 5. After May 5, full services available.
316.4Linville Falls Campground1-AprSelf registration until May 14. Full services available. Trout waters open 7:00 a.m. April 2.
339.5Crabtree Falls Campground6-MayRV loop and one tent camping loop open for season.
408.8Mt. Pisgah Campground6-MayFull services available.
CONCESSION FACILITIES
85.6Peaks of Otter LodgeFull services available; Sharp Top bus service begins May 7; and Peaks Country Store open April 9; visit peaksofotter.com for more information.
176.2Mabry Mill Restaurant & Gift Shop29-AprVisit mabrymillrestaurant.com for more information.
258.7Northwest Trading Post16-AprVisit facebook.com/profile.php?id=531619223549658 for more information
294Parkway Craft Center at the Moses Cone Manor15-MarVisit craftguild.org for more information.
296.9Price Park Boat Rental1-AprOpen Fri.-Sun. only through May 27; Open daily beginningMay 27. Visit wix.com/pricelakeboatrentals/blueridgeparkway for more information.
382.2Folk Art CenterOpen Year RoundVisit craftguild.org for more information.
408.8Pisgah Inn & Restaurant1-AprVisit pisgahinn.com for more information.
PICNIC AREAS (Open Daily until sunset; Restrooms available at picnic areas)
8.5Humpback Rocks Picnic Area15-AprPortable toilets available prior to May 5
63.6James River Picnic Area15-AprPortable toilets available prior to May 5
85.6Peaks of Otter Picnic Area15-AprPortable toilets available prior to May 5
154.5Smart View Picnic Area15-AprPortable toilets available prior to May 5
120.4Roanoke Mtn Picnic Area15-AprSunday Mtn. Music programs begin May 29, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
169Rocky Knob Picnic Area15-AprPortable toilets available prior to May 5
188.8Groundhog Picnic Area15-AprPortable toilets available prior to May 5
217.5Cumberland Knob Picnic Area15-AprPortable toilets available prior to May 5
241.1Doughton Park Picnic Area15-AprPortable toilets available prior to May 5
271.9Jeffress Park Picnic Area15-AprPortable toilets available prior to May 5
296.4Price Park Picnic AreaOpen Year RoundPortable toilets available prior to May 5
316.4Linville Falls Picnic Area3-AprApril 2 (12noon) – May 5, 2016 one loop open with comfort station; Full services for entire area available beginning May 5
340.2Crabtree Falls Picnic Area15-AprPortable toilets available prior to May 5
367.6Craggy Gardens Picnic Area15-AprPortable toilets available prior to May 5
407.8Mt. Pisgah Picnic Area15-AprPortable toilets available prior to May 5
VISITOR CONTACT STATIONS & AREAS OF INTEREST
6Humpback Rocks Visitor Center29-AprOpen Daily, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
6Humpback Rocks Farm13-MayCabins open daily 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.; Weekend farmlife demonstrations
63.6James River Visitor Center6-MayOpen Wed. – Sun. 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m. weekdays; 9:00-5:00pm on weekends
85.6Peaks of Otter Visitor Center6-MayOpen daily 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.
85.6Nature Center13-MayOpen Daily, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ( with 1 hour closure at 12:00 p.m.)
85.6Johnson Farm13-MayOpen Thu. – Mon., 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
169Rocky Knob Visitor Center7-MayOpen Sat.-Sun. 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
176.2Mabry Mill Cultural Site7-MayOpen 10am-4pm Sat.-Sun. only through May 22; Open daily beginning May 28; Weekly music begins May 29
213Blue Ridge Music Center7-MayOpen 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, visitblueridgemusiccenter.org for more information.
238.5Brinegar Cabin7-MayOpen 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
294Moses Cone Manor House15-AprOpen Fri-Sun 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; open daily beginning4/29/2016.
304.4Linn Cove Visitor Center29-AprOpen daily, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
316.4Linville Falls Visitor Center29-AprOpen daily, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
330.9North Carolina Museum of MineralsOpen Year RoundOpen daily, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
364.5Craggy Gardens Visitor Center15-AprOpen 10am-4pm Fri. – Sun. through May 1; open daily beginningMay 2; beginning May 22 open until 5:00pm
382.2Folk Art Center, Visitor Information & BookstoreOpen Year RoundOpen daily, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m./6:00 p.m.
384.5Asheville Visitor CenterOpen Year RoundOpen daily, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
451.2Waterrock Knob Visitor Center29-AprOpen daily, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
* Please note, schedule subject to change. Check nps.gov/blri for updates and other park information.

 


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