Fall in the mountains surrounding Asheville, North Carolina, is the busiest time of year for this area. While the Federal Government Shutdown will close some facilities, there is still much to see and do in the great outdoors!
Here’s the latest on places closed (and not closed) by the shutdown:
- The Blue Ridge Parkway is OPEN. However, all of its facilities, campgrounds, picnic areas, Folk Art Center and visitor centers are closed. Hiking trails along the Parkway are open. See our Blue Ridge Parkway Guide!
- In the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the very scenic US Highway 441 (Newfound Gap Road) remains open. All other roads, along with campgrounds, visitor centers, and picnic areas are closed.
- The Appalachian Trial is closed.
- In Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests, fee areas and visitor centers are closed. Hiking trails and most waterfalls are open! Visitors may still hike, fish and use undeveloped recreational areas of the national forests during the closure period. No restrooms or trash collection will be available at trailheads, and visitors are encouraged to practice Leave No Trace ethics.
- State parks and forests (including Mt. Mitchell, DuPont State Forest, North Carolina Arboretum and Gorges State Park) remain open.