Doughton Park: Repair & Reopen Bluffs Buildings

Photo by National Park Service, Blue Ridge Parkway

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Bluffs Lodge at Doughton Park opened in 1949. Bluffs Lodge at Doughton Park opened in 1949. Photograph courtesy of the National Park Service, Blue Ridge Parkway

Our goal is within reach! Our updated goal is $60,000 to hit our fundraising target for reopening the former Bluffs Coffee Shop building at Doughton Park, near Sparta, N.C. We've come so far thanks to your dedication and generosity for the project.

Support from the North Carolina General Assembly and Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has also been critical. In 2017, the state appropriated $350,000 toward building repairs. ARC recently provided a $300,000 grant to purchase updated restaurant equipment and furniture. In the past, the significant cost of new equipment and repairs deterred potential concession applications.

We are so close to bringing this beloved place back to life. With a new roof, Bluffs Restaurant is ready for its interior rehabilitation, which is slated to begin in the fall of 2019. With your continued support, the doors are slated to open in 2020.

The Foundation, in cooperation with the National Park Service, is looking for a visionary partner to operate The Bluffs Restaurant. Learn more about this opportunity

Read about server Ellen Woodruff Smith, who worked at The Bluffs from the day it opened on May 31, 1949, to the day it closed on November 1, 2010. 

Do you have wonderful memories of Bluffs Coffee Shop at Doughton Park. Share your story

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Photo by Rita Larkin