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 2023 travel season, expect some pavement work near Blowing Rock. There will be some single-lane closures of the mainline road, and some short-term closures at individual sites nearby. At full closures, local detours will preserve access to individual attractions and recreation areas. Across the season, paving operations will move to additional locations in the region. See all closures and disruptions, updated regularly, on the ROAD STATUS PAGE on the Parkway’s website.
(Updated Monday, June 5, 2023)
Current & Upcoming Parkway Projects in Blowing Rock
Current Full Road Closure: Price Lake Dam bridge, June 5 through June 20
A temporary closure of the roadway is required to complete dam repairs. Note that the closure area is less than a half-mile in length, from milepost 296.4 to 296.8, preserving access to activities and recreation areas. Price Park Picnic area, Green Knob trail, and the Boone Fork Trailhead are accessible from the north- get on the Parkway at Highway 221 in Blowing Rock. Access Price Lake, the Lake Trail, and Price Campground from the south- get on the Parkway at Holloway Mountain Road.
Water levels depending, the lake will remain open to all uses, including fishing and boating with personal crafts. Price Lake Boat Rentals are unavailable until water levels return to a depth that allows use of the rental boat launch. Price Lake campground remains open. More details at nps.gov/blri >>
Current & Upcoming Parkway Projects in Nearby Counties
Current Single-Lane Closures: Through neighboring Ashe County
This section begins about 18 miles north of Blowing Rock. Park visitors should expect short-distance and short-duration single lane closures between milepost 276.2 at Highway 421 in Deep Gap and closure areas further north. 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 has begun to replace the Laurel Fork Bridge at milepost 248.8 in Ashe County near Glendale Springs, NC. A 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. A closure area is located between mileposts 229.6 to 238.5 in Allegheny County. Access to Doughton Park attractions, including the Bluffs Restaurant (when open for the season on May 26), is 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 >>
Upcoming Full Parkway Closure: North of Deep Gap in neighboring Ashe County
This area begins about 18 miles north of Blowing Rock. The contractor plans to put full closures with detours in place between mileposts 276.4 to 261.2. This is the area between Deep Gap and Glendale Springs in Ashe County. A signed detour will direct travelers around the full closure area from milepost 276.5 at Deep Gap to milepost 229.5 near Sparta, via routes NC 21, NC 18, and US 221. More details at nps.gov/blri >>
News About Parkway Improvements
Use these links to Blue Ridge Parkway pages to plan ahead and learn more!
Blue Ridge Parkway Road and Facility Closures
Blue Ridge Parkway begins Price Lake Dam bridge repair project
Blue Ridge Parkway begins major road project in northwest North Carolina
Blue Ridge Parkway overlooks, parking areas, and picnic areas in North Carolina set for pavement preservation treatment in 2023
Blue Ridge Parkway announces closure and detour information for Laurel Fork Bridge project in Ashe County, North Carolina
Parkway to receive $127 million for infrastructure projects