The Blue Ridge Parkway is pleased to announce its 2015 opening schedule for seasonal facilities and services. The current schedule for open facilities calls for most areas to be fully operational by May 23, 2015. From preparing campgrounds for visitors, to planning engaging family programs, Parkway staff, volunteers, and partners are getting ready for a strong visitor season.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is seeking public input, through February 9, 2015, on an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Moses H. Cone Developed Area Management Plan (DAMP). The purpose of this EA is to guide the future development and management of the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park. Those who wish to review and comment on this document may do so by visiting the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website, mailing comments to the Blue Ridge Parkway headquarters, or attending a public meeting to be held on January 15, 2015.
Two sections of the Parkway will be closed in both lanes from November 3, 2014 until early May 2015: Milepost 241 to Milepost 243.5 (Ice Rock near Alligator Back), and Milepost 420.3 to Milepost 423.3 (near NC Highway 215). All visitors will be detoured due to the restoration of the structural integrity and historical appearance of the Parkway’s rock walls and the Devil’s Courthouse Tunnel.
Blue Ridge Parkway managers announced several closures in anticipation of the first fall/winter storm of the season. Mt. Pisgah Campground, Linville Falls Campground, and Doughton Park Campground are all closed for the weekend, as well as any potentially impacted areas along the motor road. Determinations for future weather related closures will be made based on pending forecasts, and should the forecasts not materialize, the facilities will open as soon as possible the following morning or when conditions allow.
We’ve reached the exciting time of year when the Blue Ridge Parkway experiences that much anticipated change in fall foliage. Typically, this change happens around the middle of October, but many factors contribute to variations in when and where the colors will peak. The Parkway stretches almost 500 miles north to south, meanders from the […]