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Much Of Blue Ridge Parkway In WNC Now Closed

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The National Park Service has closed much of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Western North Carolina due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

South of Asheville, the road is now closed from the French Broad River Overlook to its end at the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  To the east and north of Asheville, the parkway is closed from US Route 74-A to Town Mountain Road, and then again from Ox Creek to Mount Mitchell.

The Park Service says the closures are to help national, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.  Visitor centers, picnic areas, public restrooms, and campgrounds had already been closed on the parkway.  On Tuesday, the U.S. Forest Service closed many popular recreations spots and trails in the Pisgah National Forest.

CLOSURES ALONG THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY IN NORTH CAROLINA

MP 292 - 294.5

Road closed near Blowing Rock, including Moses Cone Parking Area and Hwy 221 Bass Lake Parking Lot.

MP 294.5 - 296.4

Road closed, including Price Park Picnic Area

MP 298.6 - 305

Road closed through Grandfather Mountain area, including Rough Ridge and Linn Cove Viaduct

MP 305 - 308

Road closed

MP 316.4

Linville Falls Spur Road closed, including parking at Linville Falls trailheads

MP 334 - 342

Road closed, including Crabtree Falls Area, near Little Switzerland, NC

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Road closed from Mt. Mitchell to Ox Creek, including Craggy Gardens

MP 377.4

Parking areas closed at Craven Gap (Town Mountain Rd) for MST Trail access

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Roadside parking closed at MST Trailheads at US 74A Parkway access ramps

MP 393 - 469

Road closed from French Broad River Overlook to Southern Terminus of Parkway

 

Matt Bush joined Blue Ridge Public Radio as news director in August 2016. Excited at the opportunity the build up the news service for both stations as well as help launch BPR News, Matt made the jump to Western North Carolina from Washington D.C. For the 8 years prior to coming to Asheville, he worked at the NPR member station in the nation's capital as a reporter and anchor. Matt primarily covered the state of Maryland, including 6 years of covering the statehouse in Annapolis. Prior to that, he worked at WMAL in Washington and Metro Networks in Pittsburgh, the city he was born and raised in.
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