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Blue Ridge Parkway Facilities Hours of Operation

2012 Spring Opening Dates

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 Parkway Headquarters in Asheville.

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Campgrounds

CAMPGROUND OPEN CLOSE
Linville Falls 04/02/12 10/28/12
Otter Creek 04/06/12 10/28/12
Doughton Park 05/11/12 10/28/12
Peaks of Otter 05/11/12 10/28/12
All Other Parkway Campgrounds 05/11/12 10/28/12

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Picnic Areas

PICNIC AREA OPEN CLOSE
Price Park
(Full Service Restrooms and Water Fountains open April 30)
OPEN YEAR ROUND
(weather permitting)
Peaks of Otter
(Port-a-Johns will be used April 6 - May 11 and October 28 - November 13)
04/06/12 11/13/12
Humpback Rocks
(Port-a-Johns will be used April 6 - May 11 and October 28 - November 13)
04/06/12 11/13/12
Linville Falls 04/06/12 10/28/12
All Other Parkway Picnic Areas 05/11/12 10/28/12

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Visitor Centers

VISITOR CENTERS HOURS
Humpback Rocks  
  April 27 - May 26, 7 Days a Week 10-5
  May 27 - November 4, 7 Days a Week 9-5
  Last day open is November 4  
James River  
  May 24 - October 31, 7 Days a Week 9-5
  Last day open is October 31  
Peaks of Otter  
  May 4 - May 23, 5 Days a Week, Closed Tues. & Wed. 9-5
  May 24 - October 31, 7 Days a Week 9-5
  Last day open is October 31  
Rocky Knob  
  Weekends Only (Sat. & Sun.): May 19 - 20 9-5
  May 26 - October 28, 7 Days a Week 9-5
  Last day open is October 28  
Blue Ridge Music Center  
  May 4 - May 26, 5 Days a Week, Closed Tues. & Wed. 9-5
  May 27 - October 28, 7 Days a Week 9-5
  Last day open is October 28  
Moses Cone (Information desk and bookstore)  
  April 27 - May 26; Closed for Lunch (12-1) 9-5
  May 27 - November 4, 7 Days a Week 9-5
  NPS Desk: Last day open is October 31  
  Craft Center open March 15 - November 30, closed Thanksgiving Day 9-5
Linn Cove  
  April 27 - May 26, 7 Days a Week; Closed for Lunch (12-1) 9-5
  May 27 - November 4, 7 Days a Week 9-5
  Last day open is November 4  
Linville Falls  
  April 20 - May 26; Closed for Lunch 12-1 9-5
  May 27 - November 4, Full Time, 7 Days a Week 9-5

 

Last day open is November 4  
Museum of North Carolina Minerals  
  Open Year Round; Closed only on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day  
  Through April 30, 2012, Closed for Lunch 12-1 9-5
  May 1 - October 31 9-5
  November 1, 2012 - April 30, 2013, Closed for Lunch 12-1 9-5
Craggy Gardens  
  Open Weekends: April 7-8, April 14-15, April 21-22 10-4
  April 23 - May 26, 7 Days a Week 10-4
  May 27 - June 30, 7 Days a Week 9-5
  July 1 - July 31, 7 Days a Week 10-6
  August 1 - October 31, 7 Days a Week 9-5
  November 1 - November 4 10-4
  Last day open is November 4  
Folk Art Center  
  Open Year Round; Closed only on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day  
  November 1 - March 31, 7 Days a Week 9-5
  April 1 - October 31, 7 Days a Week 9-6
Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center  
  Open Year Round; Closed only on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day 9-5
Waterrock Knob  
  April 27 - May 26, 7 Days a Week 10-5
  May 27 - November 4, Full Time, 7 Days a Week 10-5
  Last day open is November 4  
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