Due to the current weather situation, the Blue Ridge Parkway has issued closures and warnings for the entire 469 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Sections in Haywood County ARE under these closures and warnings.
Due to expected heavy rain, high winds and the threat of historic flooding in some parts of the Blue Ridge region, the Blue Ridge Parkway is again reminding visitors to use extreme caution when traveling this weekend. Parkway staff is already seeing downed trees and small rock slides. The potential for flash flooding increases the possibility of additional damage and road hazards.
As a result, the following closure information is expected to be in effect through this weekend’s weather event:
Sharp Top Trail Bus Service (Milepost 86) is closed through the storm event this weekend
Due to flooding earlier in the week the closure between Milepost 106-165 remains in effect
Back country camping and the fire road at Rock Castle Gorge (Milepost 168) remain closed
Traditional music concerts at Roanoke Mountain Picnic Area (Milepost 120) and Mabry Mill (Milepost 176) are cancelled for Sunday.
Living history exhibit area at Mabry Mill (Milepost 176) is open; the restaurant is closed.
In North Carolina
The Blue Ridge Music Center’s Steel Wheels concert scheduled for Saturday has been moved to The Historic Earle Theatre in downtown Mt. Airy, North Carolina
Evening programs at Julian Price Campground (Milepost 296) are cancelled; Moses Cone Manor House Upstairs Tours (Milepost 294) are expected over the weekend
All roads throughout the Pisgah District (from Milepost 317 through 469) will close Friday night, beginning at 5:00 p.m. with the entire district, including the Asheville corridor closed by 9:00 p.m.; Additional notes for Pisgah District are:
Linville Campground and Visitor Center (Milepost 316) will remain open this weekend via US221
Linville Picnic Area (Milepost 316.5) will be closed due to low lying area
Crabtree Falls Campground and Picnic Area (Milepost 339-340) is closed
Craggy Gardens Visitor Center and Picnic Area (Milepost 364-367) will be closed
Pending Saturday morning road conditions, the Folk Art Center (Milepost 382) and Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center (Milepost 384) are expected to reopen via US74 or US70
The Pisgah Inn (Milepost 408.6)and Pisgah Campground (Milepost 408.8) will remain OPEN via Route 276
Waterrock Knob Visitor Center (Milepost 451) is closed
Campground and ranger-led programs for Friday and Saturday have been cancelled
Parkway staff are keeping an eye on dams, rivers, and streams and will make additional closures as necessary
Due to the nature of this weather event, information is subject to change. Visitors are encouraged to regularly check the Parkway’s online Real Time Road Map, at http://www.nps.gov/maps/blri/road-closures/, throughout the weekend for the latest road updates and opening information.
As Parkway managers prepare for possible impacts of this storm system, the top priority in all decisions is the safety and well-being of staff and visitors. The Blue Parkway is a living and fragile resource; and the public’s adherence to these warnings is vital to their personal safety as well as the protection of the Parkway.
We advise you to keep a close watch on current weather conditions and practice extreme caution on the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and throughout WNC. Downed trees, rock/mud slides, flash flooding and slippery conditions are likely throughout the region so please be careful as your travel.