Blue Ridge Parkway Re-Opened; weather-related closures still possible
(Updated 3/28/2019) Portions of the Blue Ridge Parkway that were closed due to ice damage from winter storms or snow have re-opened. Be prepared for the possibility of additional weather-related closures due to snow and ice into April. Monitor road conditions on the following websites:
Blue Ridge Parkway Real Time Road Open-Close Status (this does not necessarily correlate with trail conditions for A.T. sections in the vicinity).
Blue Ridge Parkway Facebook Page - Check here for additional updates. A.T. conditions may differ from the nearest parkway conditions.
Brown Mountain Creek - Temporary Relocation
A 0.7-mile section of the A.T. has been temporarily relocated due to damage to the lower Brown Mountain Creek bridge. The relocation is blazed and signed at both ends. The relocation is approximately 0.1 shorter, on an old roadbed. The bridge is expected to be replaced in 2020.
Pearisburg/Peters Mountain – Mountain Valley Pipeline Construction
(6/29/18) A.T. hikers should be alert for construction-related activity in the vicinity of Pocahontas Road (mile 640.9) and Symms Gap Meadow (mile 648.3), on Peters Mountain north of Pearisburg, VA. The Appalachian Trail will remain open during construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. Parking at the junction of Clendennin Road/Va. 641 and Pocahontas Road (mile 640.8) is more limited than usual, and hikers may be approached by a security guard with information about construction activities.
Shenandoah National Park
Big Meadows Wayside Seasonal Re-opening Delayed
(Updated 4/22/19) The historic wayside, located at Skyline Drive Milepost 51, A.T. mile 926.2 from Springer Mtn. (0.9 east of the A.T.), which offers meals, groceries, and other services, is undergoing comprehensive renovation and rehabilitation.
The campstore at the Wayside is now expected to open the second week of May. For thru-hikers and campers in need of camping supplies and groceries, the Lewis Mountain campstore, located 7.8 miles south of Big Meadows (by trail) is currently open for the season. Due to delays caused by winter weather, other services such as meals provided at this facility (which was scheduled to re-open March 29) could remain closed as late as May 15, 2019. The gas pumps will still be accessible but no parking will be available. Additional info can be found here.
Skyline Drive Status
(4/22/19) Skyline Drive is currently open in the north and central districts and the south district through Skyline Drive Mile 80. Be mindful that winter weather can still persist well into April and additional closures are possible. The best way to check on the status of Skyline Drive is to call 540-999-3500, option 1, option 1.
South District - A.T. updates, Skyline Drive Remains closed from Milepost 80-105
(4/22/19) The Skyline Drive in the South District from mile 80 to mile 105 has remained closed since November due to downed trees on the roadway; be aware that rescue efforts will be severely impacted by the 25-mile road closure of this section of the Drive that will likely remain after snow and ice melts and other sections of the Drive re-open. For more information on park alerts and updates, click here.
Calf Mountain Shelter to Jarman Gap - Temporary Relocation
(Updated 12/10/18) About one mile of the A.T. has been temporarily relocated in the southern section of the park due to construction in a powerline right-of-way. Starting approximately 1/4 mile north of the Calf Mountain Shelter side trail (mile 870.7) and rejoining the A.T. where it crosses dirt Jarmans Gap Road (mile 871.7) this detour uses two dirt roads and is signed at both ends and at several places along its length. Hikers are urged to stay on the detour as a portion of it crosses private property. Hikers may be delayed for up to 15 minutes at both boundaries of the right-of-way corridor for safety reasons during construction activities. The detour is expected to be in place until May of 2019.
Bear Advisory at Huts in the Park
There has been increased bear activity reported in the park, especially at lean-tos (called "huts" in Shenandoah National Park) with a heightened potential for encounters with wildlife. Habituated bears have sometimes learned to associate tents and backpacks with food, so if you do stay there, be especially diligent about properly storing food and toiletries with scents, leaving no crumbs or wrappers in your tent or backpack, and do not leave your pack unattended.
Click here for the Park's facility schedule.
This includes opening and closing dates for lodges, campgrounds, camp stores, waysides (snack bars, limited groceries, souvenirs, and gasoline), and visitor centers. Note this year the opening of Big Meadows Wayside will be delayed; the website goshenandoah.com/dining/food-groceries may have more current information on the status of this facility.
Skyline Drive Updates
Skyline Drive is a 2-lane scenic highway following the ridgecrest and traversing the length of the Park. It roughly parallel and frequently crosses the Appalachian Trail. It is open year round; however, the Drive may be temporarily closed on short notice for indefinite periods due to weather related conditions. For the most current Skyline Drive status, call (540) 999-3500, choose Option 1, and then Option 1. Park staff also post opening and closing information on Facebook and Twitter.