ASHEVILLE – Storm cleanup continues on the Blue Ridge Parkway, with some previously closed sections reopening by mid-day today.
These sections include:
--Milepost 382-384.7, from U.S. 70 to U.S. 74, including the Folk Art Center and the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center.
--Milepost 165-217, from VA Route 8 to the NC/VA state line.
--Milepost 217-265, from Cumberland Knob to Calloway Gap, including Doughton Park.
--Milepost 294.6-305, from Sandy Flat to US 221.
--Milepost 324-331, near Heffner Gap to Gillespie Gap, including the N.C. Minerals Museum.
Over 300 miles of the Parkway saw downed trees and storm damage; and across this large area a wide variety of conditions exist.
Sections that remain closed have substantial tree and rock damage requiring more in depth and technical clean up.
Remaining closed sections include:
--Milepost 265 - 294.6, including Cone Memorial Park.
--Milepost 305 - 324, including Linville Falls.
--Milepost 331 - 382, including Crabtree Falls and Craggy Gardens.
--Milepost 385 - 469, including Pisgah and Waterrock Knob.
The Pisgah Inn, at Milepost 408, remains closed due to a power outage.
During this continued closure these sections of Parkway remain closed to all traffic, including cyclists and hikers. All campgrounds in this section are expected to open by Thursday.
Visitors are encouraged to regularly check the Parkway’s online Real Time Road Map for the latest opening information.