Your National Park is getting some much-needed repairs through 2025! Funded by the Great American Outdoors Act, these repairs will help ensure that the Blue Ridge Parkway remains open and available to future generations. Work will be phased with a staggered series of closures, allowing continuous access to the recreation areas and attractions you want to experience!

During the 2024 travel season, full construction-related closures are located in areas north of Blowing Rock. At these full closures, local detours will preserve access to individual attractions and recreation areas. The detours offer the chance to see more of our beautiful High Country and local towns like West Jefferson and Sparta.  See all closures and disruptions, updated regularly, on the ROAD STATUS PAGE on the Parkway’s website.

(Updated Wednesday, January 31, 2024)

Current & Upcoming Parkway Projects in Blowing Rock

No current construction-related closures in Blowing Rock Please note that weather-related closures are common in winter.

Current Parkway Projects in Nearby Counties

Current Full Parkway Closure: North of Deep Gap in neighboring Ashe County
This area begins about 18 miles north of Blowing Rock. The contractor has put full closures with detours in place between mileposts 276 to 262. This is the area between Deep Gap and Glendale Springs, mostly in Ashe County.  A signed detour directs travelers around the full closure area from milepost 276.5 at Deep Gap to milepost 261 near Glendale Springs, via routes NC 16 and US 221. More details at nps.gov/blri >>

Current Site Closure & detour: Laurel Fork Bridge in neighboring Ashe County
This closure is about 46 miles north of Blowing Rock. Work is underway to replace the Laurel Fork Bridge at milepost 248.8 in Ashe County near Glendale Springs, NC.  A one-mile full closure is in place between milepost 248.1 and 249.3.  A signed detour directs through-travelers around the project site via route(s) NC 18, NC 88, NC 16 and Trading Post Road. Work is expected to take over two years to complete, with a target completion date of November 2024. See closure & detour map and more details at nps.gov/blri >>

Current Full Parkway Closure: North of Doughton Park in Allegheny County
This closure is about 54 miles north of Blowing Rock. The closure area is located from mileposts 221.8 to 238.5 in Allegheny County. Three historic bridges are being reconstructed in the northern portion of the closure, and the Parkway will be closed to all activity (cars, bicycles, and hikers) there. Just south of the closure, access to Doughton Park attractions, including the Bluffs Restaurant (when open for the season in May), will be available via NC 18 and a short, 7-mile drive north on the Parkway. See closure & detour map and more details at nps.gov/blri >>

Thunder Hill Overlook view with couple in Mercedes convertible