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Welcome back!

We are open for the season!

Our hours can be seen here.

A new team led by Cal Ledbetter with The Bluffs Coffee Shop, LLC is managing

the restaurant. The menu will feature perennial homestyle favorites, nutritious sandwiches and snacks, and a diverse seasonal variety of specials.

“This is a huge opportunity to serve the local community and Parkway visitors from all over,” said Ledbetter. “We invite folks to come for a hearty breakfast before a day of hiking or a glass of iced tea and dessert at sunset after a day of trekking.”

Want to make a reservation?

Call (336) 372-7875. Reservations are not required.

Bluffs gas station, restaraunt, and lodge Parkway sign

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
Doughton Park hiking
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 Sunday, June-Sept. 

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

Opening Hours


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