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Parts of Blue Ridge Parkway reopen after storm-related closures

Some sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway that closed after Irma blew through western North Carolina have reopened on Wednesday. (Photo credit: National Park Service)

Some sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway that closed after Irma blew through western North Carolina have reopened on Wednesday.

The reopened sections include:

  • 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 NC Minerals Museum
  • Milepost 382 - 384.7, from US 70 to US 74, including the Folk Art Center and the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center

The National Park Service said over 300 miles of the Parkway saw downed trees and storm damage on Sunday and Monday.

Officials said sections that remain closed have substantial tree and rock damage, and need more in-depth and technical clean up.

The following sections remain closed to all traffic, including cyclists and hikers:

  • 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

The National Park Service said all N.C. campgrounds in this section are expected to open by Thursday, September 14, 2017.

Visitors are encouraged to regularly check the Parkway’s online Real Time Road Map for the latest opening information.

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