Linn Cove Viaduct in Fall

Operating Schedule

Blue Ridge Parkway facilities open on a staggered basis beginning in April. It should be noted that Spring is a transitional time weather-wise in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Warm days can be followed quickly by a cold front that brings the return of winter conditions. It’s important to check weather forecasts prior to your drive.

Some Parkway facilities are open year round. These include the Museum of North Carolina Minerals (MP 331), Folk Art Center (MP 382) and the Asheville Visitor Center (MP 384).

The Park Service releases the current year’s schedule in mid-March.  You may download the current year’s schedule here:

2015 Blue Ridge Parkway Season Opening Schedule

In the tables below you will find the typical opening dates for all Parkway Facilities.


60.8Otter Creek CampgroundEarly MayEarly November
85.6Peaks of Otter CampgroundEarly MayEarly November
120.4Roanoke Mountain CampgroundEarly MayEarly November
167.1Rocky Knob CampgroundEarly MayEarly November
239.2Doughton Park CampgroundEarly MayEarly November
296.9Price Park CampgroundEarly MayEarly November
316.4Linville Falls CampgroundEarly MayEarly November
408.8Mt. Pisgah CampgroundEarly MayEarly November
All Other Parkway CampgroundsEarly MayEarly November

Concession Facilities

85.6Peaks of Otter LodgeMid AprilLate November
176.2Mabry Mill Restaurant and Gift ShopEarly MayEarly November
258.7Northwest Trading PostMid AprilLate October
294Parkway Craft Center at the Moses Cone ManorMid MarchLate November
296.9Price Park Boat RentalsMid MayLate September
382.2Folk Art CenterOpen Year Round
408.8Pisgah Inn & RestaurantEarly AprilEarly November

Picnic Areas

8.5Humpback Rocks Picnic AreaMid MayEarly November
63.6James River Picnic AreaMid MayEarly November
85.6Peaks of Otter Picnic AreaMid MayEarly November
154.5Smart View Picnic AreaMid JuneEarly November
169Rocky Knob Picnic AreaMid MayEarly November
188.8Groundhog Picnic AreaMid MayEarly November
217.5Cumberland Knob Picnic AreaMid MayEarly November
241.1Doughton Park Picnic AreaMid MayEarly November
271.9Jeffress Park Picnic AreasMid MayEarly November
296.4Price Park Picnic AreaMid MayEarly November
316.4Linville Falls Picnic AreaMid MayEarly November
367.6Craggy Gardens Picnic AreaLate MayEarly November
407.8Mt. Pisgah Picnic AreaMid MayEarly November

Visitor Centers & Areas of Interest

6Humpback Rocks Visitor CenterEarly MayEarly November
6Humpback Rocks FarmMid MayLate October
63.6James River Visitor CenterMid MayEarly November
85.6Peaks of Otter Visitor CenterMid MayEarly November
85.6Johnson FarmLate MayEarly October
169Rocky Knob Visitor CenterLate MayLate October
176.2Mabry Mill Developed AreaMid MayLate October
213Blue Ridge Music CenterMid MayEarly November
238.5Brinegar CabinLate MayLate October
294Moses Cone Manor HouseLate AprilEarly November
304.4Linn Cove Visitor CenterEarly MayEarly November
316.4Linville Falls Visitor CenterEarly MayMid November
330.9North Carolina Museum of MineralsOpen Year Round
364.5Craggy Gardens Visitor CenterLate MayMid November
382.2Folk Art CenterOpen Year Round
384.5Asheville Visitor CenterOpen Year Round
451.2Waterrock Knob Visitor CenterLate AprilEarly November