The Visitor Center for the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina
The Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center in Asheville, North Carolina features an award-winning film and exhibits which highlight the natural and cultural heritage, economic traditions, and recreational opportunities found in and along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.
The visitor center houses a 70-seat theater, information and orientation services, and a retail shop offering books, apparel, CDs, DVDs, collectibles, souvenirs, and children’s items.
Hours of Operation
Hours of operation are from 9 am to 5 pm daily, year-round.
The visitor center is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
The Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center is located at Parkway milepost 384, which is about a mile south of the US 70 intersection (or one mile north of the US 74-A intersection) and about 8 miles east of downtown Asheville. The Folk Art Center is located nearby, two miles to the north along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.
Check Road Conditions
As inclement weather affects the Blue Ridge Parkway, use the newly launched real-time closure map to check the road conditions before setting out on a Parkway journey.
Extreme weather conditions at the higher altitudes along the Parkway often force the temporary closure of some segments and also cause roadway erosion that results in unexpected closures.
The Blue Ridge Parkway Road Closure Map provides real-time road closure/condition information throughout the season. It’s great for residents who frequently travel the Parkway, and also for visitors who are likely unfamiliar with the weather in the mountains, so be sure to let your friends and family who are visiting know about this map.
Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center
Parkway Milepost 384
195 Hemphill Knob Road
Asheville, NC 28803