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Dine with us on the Parkway!

Our regular hours can be seen here.

Our menu features perennial homestyle favorites, nutritious sandwiches and snacks, and a variety of seasonal specials. And, as always, our famous fried chicken.


While you're visiting Doughton Park, we hope you'll enjoy the hiking trails, mountain overlooks, wildflowers, campground, and historic sites, such as Brinegar Cabin.

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Milepost Music

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2 to 4 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 24

Don’t miss the final Milepost Music concert of the season with The Mountain Laurels performing on our front lawn from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 24.  The group is from the highlands of North Carolina and play original, traditional Celtic, and folk music. Guests are invited to bring a camping chair or blanket and enjoy the free live music session presented by the Blue Ridge Music Center, Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, and Blue Ridge Parkway/National Park Service.

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A Rich History

The coffee shop at Doughton Park on the Blue Ridge Parkway welcomed generations of locals and travelers during its original 61 years of operation. Thanks to the support of those devoted patrons and many others, The Bluffs has reopened to welcome diners once again for great home-style cooking.

Ellen Smith, waitress from 1949-2010
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Bluffs guests in 1952
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Park ranger and visitors in 1966

There is more to Bluffs than just the good food!

Located on the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway, The Bluffs experience continues on from the restaurant to the beautiful recreation area that surrounds it. Enjoy your food alongside mountain scenery just a short hike or a moment's drive away.

Important Announcements 

Milepost Music

Local musicians will play at iconic Blue Ridge Parkway locations all summer long, including Doughton Park! Come out from 2 to 4 p.m. the fourth Sundays each month through September. 

See the complete schedule here.

Please note Parkway detour

Hi folks! The National Park Service is performing significant road work on the Parkway on a 75-mile section of the Parkway from milepost 229.6, just north of Doughton Park, to milepost 305.1, near Grandfather Mountain.


The $98 million project is a three-year repaving and rehabilitation project along the mainline motor road, that will also address drainage structures, curbs, walks, shoulders, guardrails, overlooks, and signage. The project will be phased with a staggered series of closures, allowing for continuous access to recreation areas and visitor amenities within the project area, including The Bluffs Restaurant and Doughton Park.  

Access to Doughton Park attractions, including The Bluffs Restaurant will be available via 
NC 18 and a short, 7-mile drive north on the Parkway. Read more & view a map here.

Working with the Best Partners

Come visit us!

45338 Blue Ridge Parkway, Laurel Springs, NC 28644

Our hours


9 a.m. to 7 p.m.






noon to 4 p.m.


noon to 4 p.m.


noon to 7 p.m.


9 a.m. to 7 p.m.


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