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Catch up on the latest news about our efforts to protect the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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The economic impact of the Blue Ridge Parkway

September 22, 2021
For millions of annual visitors, the Blue Ridge Parkway provides a one-of-a-kind experience with its breathtaking mountain views, miles of trails, diverse wildlife, fascinating historical sites, and enthralling cultural events. That’s why in 2020, it attracted more visitors than any other national park unit.
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Preorder the New Virginia Parkway license plate!

June 17, 2021
We are thrilled to announce that Blue Ridge Parkway fans in Virginia can now preorder a beautiful new specialty license plate to support projects and programs within the national park unit!  The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation's specialty plate will cost $25 annually for a standard plate and $35 annually for a personalized plate for your vehicle or motorcycle. A portion of proceeds from each sale will support our mission to protect and preserve the Parkway.
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The Bluffs Restaurant to reopen May 27

April 13, 2021
Great news! The Bluffs Restaurant at Doughton Park will reopen on Thursday, May 27, with a new team managing operations. Heritage Dining and Events, LLC, led by Sharon Pinney and Chef John Gamradt of Boone, N.C., bring a combined 35 years of experience in the food service industry to the historical restaurant at milepost 241 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. “Heritage is honored and excited to be a part of bringing The Bluffs, a cherished iconic restaurant, back to life,” said Pinney, President of Heritage Dining and Events.
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Restaurant operator sought for The Bluffs

February 17, 2021
Update: Stay tuned for an announcement about The Bluffs operator coming soon. The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is seeking a partner to operate The Bluffs Restaurant starting this spring and continuing through fall. The restaurant is located within Doughton Park at milepost 241 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Bluffs was a favorite among Parkway visitors and operated for more than 60 years before closing in 2010. Last year, the 80-seat restaurant underwent extensive interior renovations in order to welcome diners back.
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Staying connected in 2021

January 15, 2021
Let’s not call them resolutions; let’s just say we’ve got lots of opportunities to start great habits and traditions in the new year. Here are suggestions for activities and ways to stay connected to the Parkway year-round.   Take a virtual hike
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First Day Hikes on the Blue Ridge Parkway

December 30, 2020
If you need a healthy way to put 2020 behind you, step into the new year with a First Day Hike on the Blue Ridge Parkway this January 1. And by “on the Parkway,” we mean on the road itself! 
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2020 Holiday Gift Guide

December 11, 2020
This holiday season, give a gift that your loved ones will treasure -- all while supporting the park you care so much about. You can also add them to your own wish list. Check out our full guide of great gifts below.    Gifts that Give Back 
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Renovations begin at Flat Top Manor

December 10, 2020
We are thrilled to announce that the long-awaited transformation is underway at Flat Top Manor on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Last week, crews began repairs to the weathered exterior of the circa-1901 Colonial Revival home, the centerpiece of the 3,500-acre estate that is now Moses H. Cone Memorial Park.
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Wilderness signs credited for decrease in search and rescues in Haywood County

December 7, 2020
More than a year after informational safety signs were installed at Graveyard Fields in Pisgah National Forest, Haywood County Emergency Services recorded a 50 percent decrease in search and rescue calls on federal land in the county. Overall, 90 percent of search and rescue calls in Haywood County occur on federal land, according to Haywood County Emergency Services Director Greg Shuping.
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The Bluffs Restaurant to reopen in spring 2021

August 27, 2020
The road to reopening The Bluffs Restaurant has been a long journey, and we thank you for supporting the project every step of the way. We want you to be the first to know about a development in operations at the Doughton Park restaurant. The operator has decided to suspend food service for the remainder of the 2020 season in the interest of the safety of patrons and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. We agree with the decision, and plan to reopen in the spring of 2021.
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The Bluffs Restaurant to reopen on August 22

August 13, 2020
Update (August 23, 2020) from The Bluffs: We are experiencing a water supply issue, and need to complete additional repairs to the historic building. Please accept our apologies! We anticipate being able to reopen for our regular hours on Saturday, August 29, but please check back at BluffsRestaurant.org for the latest news. Update (August 18, 2020): Please note updated operating hours!
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Great American Outdoors Act Becomes Law

August 4, 2020
The Great American Outdoors Act is now official! With the stroke of a pen, years of hard work by thousands across the country became the law of the land, securing a much brighter future for our public lands and parks. There have been few times in a generation that the word legacy can be used in reference to the future of our public lands, but that time is now.
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Tips & Recipes for a Perfect Parkway Picnic From Ashley English

July 22, 2020
We want to make your Picnic for the Parkway special, so Ashley English, author of A Year Of Picnics: Recipes for Dining Well in the Great Outdoors, is here to offer tips for a successful excursion and delectable recipes for an inspired outdoor dining experience on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
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