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, August 7, 2023)

Current & Upcoming Parkway Projects in Blowing Rock

No current closures in Blowing Rock

Current Parkway Projects in Nearby Counties

Current Full Parkway Closure: North of Deep Gap in neighboring Ashe County beginning on or about 8/7/23
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 229.5 near Sparta, via routes NC 21, NC 18, 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 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 >>

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