Blue Ridge Parkway Facilities Now Open!
With the federal government's shutdown now over, the motor road—and all the previously closed campgrounds, visitor centers, and picnic areas will now re-open through the normal end of their season. Color is vibrant now is expected to be good through this week.
Even during the Parkway closure, says Wright Tilley, executive director of the Watauga County Tourism Development Authority, the hospitality of the High Country helped visitors weather the shutdown. "We encourage visitors to rely on the legendary hospitality of our High Country communities," Tilley says. "Our private campgrounds and great State Parks are open—and of course, the autumn color show continues.”
If your Parkway trip was delayed due to the lack of Parkway campgrounds and picnic areas, or the closure of visitor centers and craft shops, such as the Parkway Craft Center at Moses Cone Park in Blowing Rock, make your plans! The Parkway's facilities are back.
2013 Fall Alert—Due to road failure, a five-mile section of the Parkway is closed between Milepost 276 and 281, just south of US 421 at Deep Gap.
Your Complete Guide to the Ultimate Part of the Parkway
There’s no better—or more accessible—place to celebrate the Parkway’s awesome scenery, history, and culture than in the Boone Area. This is your complete guide to the Boone area portion of the Parkway, the pivot point of America's most scenic road.
Along the way, there’s culture at the Folk Art Center, Parkway Craft Center, Northwest Trading Post, and natural history at the Museum of NC Minerals. Choose from four Parkway Campgrounds (including the largest), six picnic areas (and countless tables at overlooks), and a classic National Park Service inn at Bluffs Lodge (closed in 2013).
Long or short, a Parkway sojourn is a peak experience, a relaxing, 45-mph route that’s continually at the crest. Dozens of overlooks invite you to pull off for a view. Easy trails entice you back to nature. Electric autumn color, not to mention explosive spring blooms and cool summer days, are all Boone area hallmarks of the Blue Ridge Parkway experience.
Click the subject links below for deeper detail.
Basics of the Parkway
Camping on the Parkway
Climb the Highest Peaks by Car
Fishing on the Parkway
Hiking on the Parkway
Just for Kids
Linn Cove Viaduct
Nature on the Parkway
Picnic on the Parkway
Top Ten Overlooks
Visitor Centers and Cabins
Dive into our Interactive Map!
Zoom in close on the map below (use the plus/minus signs and directional arrows at upper left), or repeatedly double click near, but not on, the map symbols. You can literally dive down to see the parking lots for Parkway destinations in this guide. Click any map symbol and information packed balloons pop up to describe locations all along the route. In the map balloons, click "Directions," add your address or location, and step-by-step directions will guide you to Parkway locations from wherever you are! Start in the north, follow the road south, for a local's introduction to your own Boone-area Parkway adventure.
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