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
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
The Blue Ridge Parkway features more than 700 sites at 14 picnic areas that are ready to host your next gathering of family or friends, from Humpback Rocks (milepost 8.5) to Mt. Pisgah (milepost 407.8). To enhance your Picnic for the Parkway even more, our staff and a longtime Foundation friend are sharing some of their most treasured family recipes. Check out these suggestions as you plan your next Parkway picnic experience.
Update July 22, 2020 - The U.S. House just passed the Great American Outdoors Act with a vote of 310-107. The bill will provide desperately needed funding for national parks and public lands. It now goes to the President for final approval.
With potential passage of the Great American Outdoors Act, our country is on the verge of one of the most important legacy events to support our national parks and public lands in my lifetime. Recently passed by the US Senate on a bipartisan 73-25 vote, the legislation now heads to the House for consideration.
In our country, people of color suffer from certain chronic illnesses at a higher rate than the rest of the population. At the same time, they seldom use our public lands for the health benefits that can absolutely be achieved through regular exercise, which is a big reason Pathways to Parks was formed.
More than ever, we are all in this together. For decades, the Blue Ridge Parkway has been our outdoor playground, our link to mountain history and culture, and our place to connect with nature. But this is an unprecedented time.
The National Park Service has made the difficult decision to close many sections of the Parkway that are seeing high visitation. (See the complete list of newly announced closures.) Keeping each other and our communities safe is what matters most right now.
The Parkway rangers are striving to keep the Blue Ridge Parkway safe while seeing an enormous influx of visitors. If you plan to enjoy the Parkway during this time, please make their job a lot less stressful by following these tips.
Avoid the Crowds
For law enforcement rangers, ensuring the safety of millions of visitors along 469 miles of road in two states is no small feat on an ordinary day. Now, they are seeing a large influx of people looking to find comfort in the outdoors during this difficult time.
We can’t say it loud enough: thank goodness for spring! The promise of refreshing walks in the woods, colorful blooms, and a greener landscape on the Blue Ridge Parkway are bright spots during these stressful times. If you’re headed out to appreciate the diverse wildflowers that herald the season’s arrival, we have tips for best viewing and staying safe.
As the news about COVID-19 develops, many people are turning to the outdoors to ease their stress and regain a sense of calm. We know that the Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the natural places that can provide peace and perspective during these uncertain times.
We are pleased to announce that renovations to the interior of The Bluffs Restaurant at milepost 241 on the Parkway are underway, and a new operator has been selected.
Muddy Creek Enterprises, owners of the Muddy Creek Café & Music Halls in Sparta and Winston-Salem, will operate The Bluffs Restaurant under an agreement with the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. The restaurant is slated to reopen this summer.