January 22, 2016: The entire Blue Ridge Parkway has closed due to the big snow. Expect much of the Parkway to be closed for many days since they do not plow or treat the road. So it's a great place for snow hikes, cross country skiing and sledding!
January 2016 Update: Tunnel Projects Closes Parkway Sections
Blue Ridge Parkway has two tunnel repair projects occurring this winter to the north and south of Asheville. Both closures are through spring of 2016.
- Craggy Gardens Area: Repairs to Tanbark Tunnel at Milepost 374.4 will require a closure from Milepost 364.1 at Craggy Dome Parking Overlook to Milepost 375.6 at Ox Creek Road. To reach Mt. Mitchell from Asheville, drive east on I-40 to Old Fort and follow US 70 East toward Marion. Before you reach Marion, turn left onto the Marion area and take NC Highway 80 North to the Parkway.
- Mt. Pisgah Area: Repairs to the Buck Springs Tunnel at Milepost 407.3 will require a closure from Milepost 405.5 at NC Route 151 to Milepost 408.8 in the Mt. Pisgah area. Both lanes of the motor road in these sections will be closed to all visitor traffic, including bicyclists and pedestrians. To reach the Parkway heading south from Asheville, you can access it from US 276 from Waynesville or Brevard.
The two projects will repair deteriorating concrete tunnel liners, drainage systems, stone tunnel portals and the road surface. The Blue Ridge Parkway is recognized internationally as an example of landscape design achievement and Parkway tunnels are a significant design feature along the historic route. Tunnels along the Parkway were often constructed to reduce excessive scarring that open cuts would entail, enabling the Parkway to cross through ridges in the interest of maintaining the most desirable route location. Over time Parkway tunnels have become a signature design feature and part of the Parkway’s cultural history. Read more about Parkway Tunnels.
Alternate routes for both closure areas are available. Mt. Mitchell State Park will remain open (weather permitting) and accessible from the northern approach along the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 330, near Spruce Pine or from NC Highway 80. Additionally, hiking trails in the closed sections will not be accessible via the Parkway during the closures. See our mile-by-mile Parkway Guide to plan your trip.
Winter Weather Closures 2016
The Parkway closes for ice and snow, since the road is not treated or plowed. See a real-time map from the National Park Service that shows which sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway are open!
Look for many special events as the National Park Service celebrates its 100th year! Read more.
For emergencies on the Blue Ridge Parkway, call 1-800-PARKWATCH.