What You Need to Know About Traveling To Asheville During the Government Shutdown.
Travel Alert: Openings and Closures Across Western North Carolina.
You can't shutdown the beautiful fall color happening around Asheville, which is good news for leaf peepers traveling to the region. Access to scenic vistas remain open, however there are some impacts to travel you should know before you get here.
Chimney Rock State ParkThe Park remains open and is unaffected by the federal government shutdown, as Chimney Rock is a North Carolina State Park.
JUST ANNOUNCED: The 26-story elevator at Chimney Rock has re-opened after a power upgrade project was completed. This is the main elevator that transports guests to the Sky Lounge and Chimney level.
Other N.C. State Parks unaffected by the shutdown include Grandfather Mountain, Mount Mitchell and the North Carolina Arboretum.
Blue Ridge ParkwayThe Blue Ridge Parkway remains open and visitors can still enjoy Pisgah Inn and the Folk Art Center, which are fully operational. However, picnic areas, campgrounds, visitor centers and restroom facilities are closed. Also, please mind any gate closures you see on the Parkway. Walking behind gates to access closed areas may result in a citation so it's best to stick to the open trail heads and overlooks.
Great Smoky Mountains National ParkYou can still travel along US 441 through the GSMNP, but parking, picnic areas, campgrounds and visitor centers are closed. Popular places like Cades Cove and Cataloochee are also off limits at this time.
Other ClosuresAny campgrounds and attractions on national forest land remain closed. This includes the Cradle of Forestry and the Carl Sandburg Home.
Check here for ongoing updates related to the government shutdown.
October 14, 2013