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Originally published: 2014-03-21 14:37:23
Last modified: 2014-03-21 14:38:08

Blue Ridge Parkway Releases 2014 Season Opening Schedule

by Staff Reports

The Blue Ridge Parkway is pleased to announce its 2014 season opening schedule. The current schedule for open facilities is presented below and calls for most areas, unless noted otherwise, to be fully operational by May 9.  

Parkway staff is in the process of getting areas ready for a robust visitor season. Parkway Superintendent Mark Woods reports, "We are very happy to restore services at a number of facilities this season. We recognize how important these areas are to local communities and the traveling public. The Parkway is an important resource for many reasons for many people. Restoring services at these facilities is an honor for us."  Preparations are under way now to bring water systems back on line, plan a schedule of engaging interpretive programs, clear debris from overlooks and campgrounds, hire seasonal staff in a number of operational areas, and much more across the 469-mile region.

From back country trails and camping, to favorite picnic areas and full service concession operations, the Parkway offers visitors a wealth of opportunities to experience the scenic beauty and natural and cultural heritage of the southern Appalachian region. As the Parkway embarks on its 2014 visitor season, staff, volunteers and park partners remain committed to the Parkway mission to serve the public and preserve our nation's resources for future generations.

Information about the Parkway's schedule and seasonal programs can also be found at any Parkway visitor center or online at facebook.com/BlueRidgeNPS or nps.gov/blri.

Schedule:

Otter Creek Campground
9-May
Full services available.


Peaks of Otter Campground
9-May
Full services available.


Roanoke Mtn Campground
9-May
Available for day use only in Loop A; Sunday Mtn. Music programs begin May 25, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.


Rocky Knob Campground
9-May
Two loops open for season.


Doughton Park Campground
9-May
RV loop and one tent camping loop open for season.


Price Park Campground
9-May
Full services available.


Linville Falls Campground
9-May
Full services available.


Mt. Pisgah Campground
9-May
Full services available.

CONCESSION FACILITIES

Peaks of Otter Lodge
11-Apr
Full services available; visit peaksofotter.com for more information.


Mabry Mill Restaurant & Gift Shop
1-May
Visit mabrymillrestaurant.com for more information.


Northwest Trading Post
19-Apr
Visit facebook.com/profile.php?id=531619223549658 for more information


Parkway Craft Center at the Moses Cone Manor
15-Mar
Visit craftguild.org for more information.

Price Park Boat Rental
9-May
Visit wix.com/pricelakeboatrentals/blueridgeparkway for more information.


Folk Art Center
Open Year Round
Visit craftguild.org for more information.


Pisgah Inn & Restaurant
1-Apr
Visit pisgahinn.com for more information.

PICNIC AREAS (Restrooms available at  picnic areas)


Humpback Rocks Picnic Area
9-May



James River Picnic Area
9-May



Peaks of Otter Picnic Area
9-May



Smart View Picnic Area
14-June



Rocky Knob Picnic Area
9-May



Groundhog Picnic Area
9-May



Cumberland Knob Picnic Area
9-May



Doughton Park Picnic Area
9-May


Jeffress Park Picnic Area
9-May



Price Park Picnic Area
9-May



Linville Falls Picnic Area
9-May
Portable toilets available first week of fishing season, April 2 - 9; Full services available May 9


Craggy Gardens Picnic Area
Late May
Pending road construction project completion


Mt. Pisgah Picnic Area
9-May


VISITOR CONTACT STATIONS & AREAS OF INTEREST


Humpback Rocks Visitor Center
3-May
Open Daily, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Humpback Rocks Farm
18-May
Historic cabins and farmlife demonstrations Th. - Tues., 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


James River Visitor Center
16-May
Open Wed. - Sun., 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Peaks of Otter Visitor Center
18-May
Open Daily, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Johnson Farm
31-May
Open Wed. - Sun.,  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Rocky Knob Visitor Center
24-May
Weekends only, Sat. - Sun., 10:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m.


Mabry Mill Developed Area
10-May
Weekends only, May 10 - 24. Open daily beginning May 25 , 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Blue Ridge Music Center
Staggered beginning May 10
Thurs. -Mon., 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. with Mid-day Mountain Music available daily from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Open Daily beginning May 23; Concert Season begins May 24, visit blueridgemusiccenter.com for more information.


Brinegar Cabin
24-May
Open Sat. & Sun. only, 10:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m. (including holidays)


Moses Cone Manor House
25-Apr
Open daily, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. Manor House Tours available by reservation after June 7


Linn Cove Visitor Center
3-May
Open daily, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Linville Falls Visitor Center
9-May
Open daily, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., with portable toilets from April 2 to May 9


North Carolina Museum of Minerals
Open Year Round
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Craggy Gardens Visitor Center
Late May
Pending road construction project completion; once open daily hours, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Folk Art Center
Open Year Round
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m./6:00 p.m.; Visit southernhighlandguild.org for more information.


Asheville Visitor Center
Open Year Round
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Waterrock Knob Visitor Center
25-Apr
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

* Please note, schedule subject to change. Check nps.gov/blri or facebook.com/BlueRidgeNPS for updates and other park information.