ASHVILLE, NC (WFXR) – The National Parks Service has announced plans to open its next batch of campgrounds along the Blue Ridge Parkway beginning on July 31.
- Peaks of Otter Campground at Milepost 85.9
- Rocky Knob Campground at Milepost 169
In North Carolina:
- Julian Price Park Campground at Milepost 297
- Linville Falls Campground at Milepost 316.4
Reservations are now being taken for each of these campgrounds for dates beginning on July 31.
The Blue Ridge Parkway continues to have additional areas open to the public which include:
- Select concession operations (additional details found here)
- Picnic Areas
- Select Additional Restrooms
- All Parkway trails, and
- All other sections of the motor route in North Carolina and Virginia, except for a road closure from Milepost 115.5 to Milepost 135.9, from the Explore Park Access Road to Adney Gap, due to multiple road hazards.
Some seasonal visitor facilities along the Blue Ridge Parkway remain closed, including:
- Visitor Centers park-wide
- Otter Creek Campground
- -Doughton Park Campground
- Crabtree Falls Campground and Picnic Area
- Mt. Pisgah Campground
“The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount. At Blue Ridge Parkway, the operational approach will be to examine each facility function and service provided to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance and will be regularly monitored. The parks continue to work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public and workspaces are safe and clean for visitors, employees, partners, and volunteers.Statement from the National Parks Service
While these areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased and services may be limited. When recreating, the public should follow local area health orders in North Carolina and Virginia, practice Leave No Trace principles, avoid crowding and avoid high-risk outdoor activities.
The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.
Details and updates on park operations will continue to be posted on our website at www.nps.gov/blri and social media channels. Updates about NPS operations will be posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus.”
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