Blue Ridge Parkway Closures & Driving Tips

Blue Ridge Parkway: Closures & Driving Tips

Since the Blue Ridge Parkway crosses many mile-high ridges in North Carolina and extends through remote areas, sections close temporarily due to weather or repairs. Sections close for long periods each winter due to snow and ice. Since they do not plow or treat the road with chemicals, those sections reopen after a natural melting. See a real-time closure map from the National Park Service that shows which sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway are temporary closed. See our Blue Ridge Parkway mile-by-mile guide with things to do listed by milepost.

May-September 2018: Pavement Preservation Program in North Carolina
Expect One-Lane Closures in work zones as the National Park Service will resurface 65 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Asheville area, between Milepost 359 and 469. Work locations will change weekly. Allow a little extra time for single lane closures and delays. Work will take place on 3.5-mile sections, north to south, in these areas:

  • Milepost 359.1 to 365.6, north of Asheville in the Mt. Mitchell & Craggy Gardens area
  • Milepost 393.6 to 412.8, south of Asheville through the Mount Pisgah area
  • Milepost 424.0 to 469.0, south of Devil’s Courthouse to the southern terminus of the Parkway

The steps in this process include prepping the surface, applying a chip seal surface of liquid asphalt and stone chips, allowing the surface to properly cure, vacuuming the work area to minimize loose gravel, applying a fog seal on top of the chip seal surface, and finishing by painting new road marking lines. The process will then repeat on the next section of the project.

  • Observe reduced speed limits in work zones, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; to allow for proper curing of pavement.
  • Anticipate loose gravel on the road surface during the cure time for the pavement. Bicyclists and motorcyclists are asked to exercise extreme caution as loose gravel on top of the paved surface, during the required curing time, could result in loss of control.
  • When circumstances prevent bicyclists from keeping up with traffic, dismount and move off of the road to let the on-coming traffic pass when traveling through a single lane closure.

Viaduct Construction

March-May 24, 2018: Linn Cove Viaduct Repairs
The Linn Cove Viaduct will be closed for a makeover with resurfacing and other repairs to the engineering wonder that opened in the mid 1980s. The National Park Service will close this section of the Parkway from Milepost 298.6 (Holloway Mountain Rd) to Milepost 305.1 (US 221) with a marked detour for vehicles. Gates will be located at MP 303.6, Wilson Creek Overlook on the north and MP 305.1, US 221 on the south end of the work zone. Within the closed area, including the trail areas beneath the viaduct, the Parkway is closed to all uses including motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians.

See a real-time closure map ​

Emergencies
For emergencies on the Blue Ridge Parkway, call 1-800-PARKWATCH.

Tips for Driving the Parkway

  • Go slowly and enjoy the scenery. The speed limit is 45 mph. Although there are no stop signs or stoplights, this is not a freeway.
  • Stop at the overlooks to soak in the views. If an overlook is busy, take a short walk to find a more secluded spot.
  • Take a blanket and picnic. There are several picnic areas along the way, and many green areas along the drive to stop.Top 20 Picnic Spots
  • Take a jacket. With the elevation changes along the drive, the temperature may vary as much as 20 to 30 degrees. At the highest elevations, the hottest summer days only reach into the 70s.
  • Watch for hikers and bicyclists, especially in tunnels.
  • Be certain to take your camera. Ask someone to take a picture of you along the way.
  • Gas up before you get on the parkway. There are no gas stations on the parkway. Gas stations are also located on intersecting highways near the Parkway exits (see list of exits for gas on FAQ page).
  • Restrooms are located at major stops such as picnic areas and visitor centers.
  • Please do not disturb wildlife or plant life. Bear sightings are rare. Practice Leave No Trace!
  • If you are into bird watching or wildflowers, be sure to take your guidebooks.
  • Along the Parkway, you will see numbered mileposts. The zero milepost marker is at the north end of the Parkway in Virginia. Numbers progress as you drive south.
  • Dogs and other pets must be on a leash or under physical restraint at all times while along the Parkway and hiking trails.
  • Parking is permitted on road shoulders (unless noted). Be sure to have all four wheels are off the pavement.
  • To help plan your journey, begin at the Parkway Visitor Center that is located in Asheville.
  • For emergencies along the Parkway, call 1-800-ParkWatch.
  • Road closures and conditions, along with weather reports, are available by calling the Parkway information line at (828) 298-0398. Many sections of the Parkway close in winter months because of snow and ice. See a real-time map of which sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway are open/closed.

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