Blue Ridge Parkway Open Despite Government Shutdown

The Blue Ridge Parkway will remain open for driving, hiking and nature exploration despite the government shutdown.  However, the facilities including welcome centers, bathrooms, museums and other education centers along the parkway will be closed. 

To make your drive most enjoyable, reference this list of gas stops along the parkway, where you can fill up, eat up and use the restrooms:

  • US Hwy 21 to Sparta & Elkin: Milepost 229.7, US 21 Crossover. West 7 miles to Sparta, NC. 17 miles west to Independence, VA. East 4 miles to Roaring Gap, NC. 22 miles east to Elkin, NC.
    Gas is available within 8 miles west of this access point.

  • NC Route 18 to Laurel Springs & North Wilkesboro: Milepost 248.1, NC 18 Crossover. 2 miles west to Laurel Springs. 24 miles east to North Wilkesboro, NC.
    Gas is available within 3 miles west of this access point.

  • NC Route 16 to West Jefferson & North Wilkesboro: Milepost 261.2, NC 16 Crossover. West 12 miles to Jefferson, 14 miles to West Jefferson, 26 miles to Grassy Creek. East 20 miles to North Wilkesboro.
    Gas is available within 12 miles west of this access point.

  • US 321/US 221 to Boone & Blowing Rock: Milepost 291.8, US 321/221 Crossover. 7 miles north to Boone. 2 miles south to Blowing Rock.
    Gas is available within 2 miles north or south of this access point.

  • NC Hwy 181 to Pineola & Morganton, NC: Milepost 312, NC 181 Crossover. 2 miles north to Pineola, NC. 32 miles southeast to Morganton, NC. In Pineola, NC 181 changes to NC Hwy. 221.
    Gas is available within 3 miles north of this access point.

  • NC 226 to Spruce Pine, Little Switzerland, & Marion: Milepost 330.9, NC 226 Crossover. 6 miles north to Spruce Pine. 14 miles south to Marion.
    Gas is available within 3 miles north of this access point.

Also note that State Parks along the Parkway through the High Country of North Carolina are still open as well!  These parks include:

  • Grandfather Mountain State Park
  • Mt Mitchell State Park
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