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A section of the Blue Ridge Parkway is currently closed around the Roanoke area in Virginia's Blue Ridge.
As a result of heavy rains and landslides, the Blue Ridge Parkway is currently closed from Milepost 121.4 to Milepost 135.9. A major road hazard at Milepost 127.9 has led to the closure. According to the National Park Service, this is a complex road failure that will require extensive repairs. This section is closed to motor vehicles and all recreational activities.
The repair and reopening of this section is expected by Spring 2023.
Learn More: National Park Service News Release (9/20/22) >
While we look forward to when this section of the Parkway will eventually re-open, we have created a special detour route that you can utilize as part of your visit to the Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge. This route still features beautiful views and it also introduces you to some of the unique things to do in our region in Southwest Roanoke County and along Route 419.
The Blue Ridge Parkway access points for this detour route are U.S. 220 at Milepost 121.4 (North) and Route 221 at Parkway Milepost 135.9 (South).
This Google Map shows the recommended route for the detour between Milepost 121.4 and Milepost 135.9.
Detour Length: 17.1 Miles
Time: 28 Minutes
Traveling South on the Parkway - Milepost 121.4 to Milepost 135.9
Here are step-by-step directions from Google Maps for how to complete this route from getting off the Parkway at U.S. Route 220 at Milepost 121.4 and traveling south to get back on the Parkway at Milepost 135.9.
Traveling North on the Parkway - Milepost 135.9 to Milepost 121.4
Here are step-by-step directions from Google Maps for how to complete this route from getting off the Parkway at Route 221 and traveling north to get back on the Parkway from U.S. 220 at Milepost 121.4.
Along this special Parkway Detour in Virginia's Blue Ridge, you can find many fun things to do, including hiking trails, shopping, restaurants, and places to spend the night.
Route 221 & Bent Mountain
Near the Route 221 access point at Parkway Milepost 135.9, take some time to check out some of the following unique experiences:
Route 419 & Electric Road
Along Route 419 and Electric Road, you'll find a vibrant commercial district as part of Roanoke County, with many local options for food & drink, areas for shopping, and hotels for an overnight stay.
We hope you enjoy your Blue Ridge Parkway detour in Virginia’s Blue Ridge and visit a few local businesses along the way! To learn more about the region and things to do, sign up to receive our free monthly e-newsletter and follow us on social media.
To learn more about the Blue Ridge Parkway, visit the National Park Service website.