Blue Ridge Parkway initiates preemptive closures along southern portion of route due to Tropical Storm Ian

Press release from National Park Service

National Park Service officials are closely monitoring the projected path of Tropical Storm Ian and preparing for a range of potential impacts across the Blue Ridge Parkway. This weekend, visitors to the Blue Ridge Parkway should expect closures and use caution due to expected periods of heavy rainfall, flooding, and strong wind.
Based on the projected course of the storm, closures will start in the following locations beginning late afternoon on Friday, September 30, 2022:

Milepost 318 – 375.2  from Linville Spur Road to Bull Gap
Milepost 393 – 406 f rom the French Broad overlook to Rte 151 entrance (north side)
MP 412.9 – 443  from Hwy 276 (south side) to Balsam Gap
MP 446 – 469  from Balsam Gap to southern terminus.

These severe weather closures are full closures to all public use. Closures are expected to remain in place through at least mid-day Sunday, October 2, 2022, and will re-open once assessments have been made, any storm damage cleared, and the park is deemed safe for visitation.

As a result, the following facility impacts are also expected through at least mid-day on Sunday or longer depending on the extent of needed cleanup efforts.

Pisgah Inn will remain accessible via both Hwy 151 and Hwy 27, providing two egress routes in opposite directions for visitors.

Craggy Gardens Visitor Center at milepost 364 and Waterrock Knob Visitor Center at milepost 451.2 will be closed.

Where conditions permit and the road remains open, park visitors are reminded to use extreme caution and be aware of the potential for falling rocks and downed trees. As always, the Parkway requires driving with extra care due to its narrow road shoulders, steep grades, and numerous curves. Park visitors must use caution, adhere to posted speed limits and be prepared to stop or turn around at closed gates or road debris during this storm event.

Updates and information regarding the status of park facilities, including the road itself, will be available on Parkway’s website, and its Twitter and Facebook pages. Park visitors and neighbors are encouraged to check these sites regularly for information and before heading out to the Parkway.

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