Thursday, July 30, 2020

Blue Ridge Parkway Increases Recreational Access to Campgrounds in NC and VA

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Blue Ridge Parkway is increasing recreational access at campgrounds in both Virginia and North Carolina. The National Park Service (NPS) is working service-wide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.

Beginning July 31, 2020, the Blue Ridge Parkway will reopen access to four campgrounds at the following locations:


* Peaks of Otter Campground, Milepost 85.9
* Rocky Knob Campground, Milepost 169

North Carolina:

* Julian Price Park Campground, Milepost 297
* Linville Falls Campground, Milepost 316.4

Reservations for each location are now available through with dates beginning July 31.

While these areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased and services may be limited. When recreating, the public should follow local area health orders in North Carolina and Virginia, practice Leave No Trace principles, avoid crowding and avoid high-risk outdoor activities.

Details and updates on park operations will continue to be posted on the park website at and social media channels


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