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Fall and Winter Activities Along the Blue Ridge Parkway

From November through early spring, winter weather can come to the Blue Ridge. Sections of the motor road with accumulations of ice and snow will be closed to motor vehicles. The most up-to-date road closure information can be found by calling (828) 298-0398, the Parkway information telephone number, and also on our web site at

Experiencing the Parkway on foot or on cross-country skis in a blanket of snow is a grand experience during those times when the road is closed to vehicle traffic. For more skiing information click here. When the leaves fall from the trees, many of the Parkway vistas open up to extraordinary views that can only be seen this time of the year.

As with any outdoor activity, take the necessary precautions to ensure a safe visit. Have a few emergency supplies in the trunk of your car in case you encounter bad weather and always let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return.

North Carolina

In North Carolina the Folk Art Center in Asheville will remain open throughout the winter.  Also in Asheville, the Blue Ridge Parkway Destination Center is open year-round. The Museum of North Carolina Minerals near Spruce Pine will be open daily from 9:00 a.m. to noon and from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. throughout the winter. Price Park Picnic Area will remain open throughout the winter, weather permitting.


In Virginia, Peaks of Otter Lodge, Restaurant, and Gift Shop are open throughout the winter.

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