Another Section of Blue Ridge Parkway Closed

The Blue Ridge Parkway continues to be plagued with a backlog of maintenance and repairs that will continue into 2023, and beyond.

  • On May 9, 2021 the National Park Service will begin repairs to the bridge over Roanoke River (mile post 114) which will require a full road closure (from Rt. 24 to Explore Park entrance) until next spring. The Roanoke River Overlook parking lot/trail will also be closed during this time. This is the access point paddlers, tubers, and anglers use to access the Roanoke River Gorge. People wishing to access this section of the river will need to put in via the upstream Tinker Creek access ramp, portage the Niagara Dam (river left), and continue on downstream.
  • A year ago, a mudslide took out a section of the Parkway on Bent Mountain near milepost 128 which has closed a 15-mile stretch from U.S. 220 to Adney Gap to vehicles (pedestrians and bikes are still able to use it). Repairing the road won’t start until February 2022 and will be completed by October 2022.
  • A section of the Roanoke Mountain Loop Road has been closed since 2018 due to a landslide. Only pedestrians and bicycles are permitted on the open section of the road leading to the top. The National Park Service does not have the funds to repair this section so it will remain closed for the foreseeable future.

For the most up-to-date list of what’s open or closed visit the Blue Ridge Parkway Road Closure web page.