November 7, 2013: Parkway CLOSED north of Asheville
The Blue Ridge Parkway will close a section north of Asheville beginning November 12 for repairs to the famous "crack" that formed last summer after heavy rain and erosion.
The section is between milepost 376 at Ox Creek Road north of Asheville and milepost 355 (includes the Craggy Gardens area).
Workers built temporary bypass lanes (in pic on right) and reopened the road in August, but this major project will be a permanent repair. Parkway officials expect the work to be complete by late spring of next year.
Mount Mitchell State Park will be open throughout the winter (weather permitting) and accessible from the north or from N.C. 80.
The detour route marked with road signs directs traffic from Asheville onto Interstate 40 to U.S. 221 and back to the parkway at Spruce Pine. Or take NC 80 from Marion.
Much of the Parkway will remain open throughout the winter (facilities are closed), weather permitting. The Parkway closes whenever there is snow or ice on the road. See a real-time map of which sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway are open!
For emergencies on the Blue Ridge Parkway, call 1-800-PARKWATCH.
Map showing alternate route from Asheville to Mt. Mitchell (and Blue Ridge Parkway north).