Parkway to Close Humpback Rocks Picnic Area for Reconstruction – Blue Ridge Parkway

Date: June 12, 2012

Contact: Larry Hultquist, 828-348-3482

(Waynesboro, VA) The Humpback Rocks Picnic Area, located at milepost 8.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, will be closed beginning Wednesday, June 13, 2012 for reconstruction. This area closure is part of a larger road paving and rehabilitation project occurring this summer from milepost 0 to milepost 15.3 which will result in minor traffic delays along the roadway.

Reconstruction activities at Humpback Rocks Picnic Area include the removal and replacement of the pavement, replacement of the culverts and rebuilding of the pull-in parking sites. Several overlooks between milepost 0 and milepost 15.3 will be used as project staging areas and will be closed intermittently throughout the duration of the paving project, which is expected to be complete by Labor Day weekend.

Limited picnicking opportunities will be made available at the Humpback Rocks Visitor Center on a temporary basis to accommodate Parkway users. Numerous other alternative parking areas, overlooks and picnic areas along the Blue Ridge Parkway have picnic facilities as shown below.

In addition, Shenandoah National Park offers picnic grounds in the park’s South District. The Dundo Picnic Grounds, formerly the Dundo Group Campground, is located at Milepost 83.5 along Skyline Drive. The picnic grounds are suitable for both small and large group picnicking. Amenities in the picnic grounds include picnic tables, grills, water, trash cans, and vault toilets and a $15.00 entrance fee is accessed. For more information about Shenandoah National Park, visit

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