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The Bluffs Restaurant Blue Ridge Parkway
Season opening May 26!


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We can't wait to welcome you back!

It’s the update you’ve been waiting for…we will reopen for the season on Friday, May 26, just in time for Memorial Day weekend. This season’s hours will be 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday through Tuesday, and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday. It will be closed on Wednesdays.

A new team led by Cal Ledbetter with The Bluffs Restaurant, LLC will be 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.”

We will begin accepting reservations by phone on Tuesday, May 2, at (336) 372-7875. Reservations are not required.

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Please note Parkway detour!


Hi, folks! We have news about bridge work going on near us on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Work has begun on a $29 million project to replace the Laurel Fork Bridge at milepost 248.8, south of the restaurant in Ashe County. A full park closure to all uses in the immediate vicinity of the bridge is expected to be in place the week of June 6. The targeted completion date is November 2024. 

A full closure to all uses including vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists will be in place between milepost 248.1 and 249.3. A signed detour will direct travelers around the closure between milepost 248.1 and 258.7, routing park visitors around the project site via route(s) NC 18, NC 88, NC 16 and Trading Post Road at Glendale Springs, N.C. Both lanes at the project site, from Milepost 248.1 to 249.3, will be closed to all activity (cars, bicycles, and hikers) to ensure the safety of Parkway visitors and staff. Access to the Parkway between milepost 258.7 and 249.3 will remain available.  


Access to Doughton Park and the restaurant will remain open from both directions.  However, visitors approaching Doughton Park and The Bluffs from south of the bridge closure should follow the detour and resume their approach at milepost 248.1.  


We apologize for any inconvenience, but we’re also glad to know the historic bridge constructed in 1939 will be replaced. Funding for this project comes from the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) National Parks and Public Lands Legacy Restoration Fund. 

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Our Story

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 will reopen in the spring of 2021 to welcome diners once again for great home-style cooking.

In the News!

We're proud to be featured in:   

"The Bluffs Offers Second Helpings"

Our State, October 2021

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