National Park Service closes sections of Parkway ahead of Nate's approach
On Saturday, October 7, 2017, portions of the Blue Ridge Parkway will begin closing at 5 p.m. in anticipation of high winds and heavy rains due to the remnants of Hurricane Nate.
Saturated soils in combination with high winds in these areas increase the risk of rockslides and falling trees and debris. Closures in effect as of 5 p.m. include:
- Milepost 355.2 (Mt. Mitchell State Park) - 382 (Folk Art Center), including access to the Craggy Gardens Area
- Milepost 411.5 (US Route 276) - 469, including access to Waterrock Knob
Access to Mt. Pisgah will remain on Saturday. The Pisgah Inn and Mt. Pisgah Campground will also remain open Saturday evening.
During the closure, these sections of Parkway are closed to all use, including cyclists and hikers. Attempts to route around gates and barriers is prohibited.
The National Park Service says the public’s cooperation with these closures is important to personal safety as well as the protection of Parkway resources.
Updates to these closure areas will be noted in the coming days on the Parkway’s online Real Time Road Map.