Grandfather Mountain remains open, despite flood damage to U.S. 221.

Recent heavy rains and flash-flooding washed out a portion of U.S. 221 between Linville and Blowing Rock, approximately 2 miles north of the Grandfather Mountain Entrance Gate. According to officials, the damaged section of the highway will be closed indefinitely.

Fortunately, the most frequently traveled routes remain open. Visitors from the Boone and Blowing Rock areas may take the Blue Ridge Parkway southbound to the Grandfather Mountain exit at milepost 305, or N.C. 105 South to U.S. 221 North, while those traveling from Asheville can either follow U.S. 221 North directly to Grandfather Mountain’s Entrance Gate. Furthermore, those traveling northbound on the Blue Ridge Parkway may visit the mountain by taking the milepost 305 exit to U.S. 221 South.

“We’re thankful for the N.C. Department of Transportation’s efforts in keeping our guests and motorists safe,” said Frank Ruggiero, director of marketing and communications for the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, the nonprofit organization that oversees and operates the Linville, N.C, nature park. “Fortunately, the mountain did not sustain any significant damage, and we’re now preparing to shift to our summer hours.”

Starting May 25, the park will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., weather permitting, with ticket sales ending at 6 p.m.

The not-for-profit Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation strives to inspire conservation of the natural world by helping guests explore, understand and value the wonders of Grandfather Mountain. For more information, call (800) 468-7325.