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Parkway now Opened to Mt. Mitchell

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May
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The nearly 20-mile section from Ox Creek Road at Milepost 376 north of Asheville to the entrance at Mount Mitchell State Park at Milepost 355 had been closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic since November. Heavy rain through spring and into July opened what became commonly known as the crack, a roughly 6-inch wide, 300-foot-long gash that reached several feet deep and ran along the parkway’s centerline just north of the Tanbark Ridge Tunnel. Last year, for the first time in more than 20 years, the parkway lost its billing as the most popular site out of 400 units in the National Park Service. Now the closed section of the Parkway has reopened and in a month in advance for the different camp grounds and state parks that will be opening up. The popular Craggy Gardens Visitor Center and Picnic Area, at Milepost 364, will open May 9. Linville Falls Campground (MP 316) and Mount Pisgah Campground (MP 408) will also open May 9, The Crabtree Falls Campground (MP 339). So come join us at Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds and enjoy the reopened section of the Parkway!

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