The Bluffs Restaurant Blue Ridge Parkway


We are open for the season!


Photo by David Huff

2022 Season Hours

This year, we’ve made a few adjustments to our schedule:

  • Open Monday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. for lunch and dinner.

  • Open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  • Breakfast and lunch will be served first come, first serve (no reservations required). We will take reservations for dinner, but they are not required.  We’re offering evening reservations because we know many of you make long drives to dine with us. To make sure we have enough time to prepare the best meal for you, our last seating reservations will be at 7:30 p.m. 

  • Parties of 10 or more are asked to make reservations in advance for any meal.

See you soon! – Sharon Pinney & Chef John Gamradt

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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. 

We're Hiring!


The Bluffs is back and busier than ever. We would love to hire as many of you as we can get our hands on!
Starting back of house pay is $15 with no experience. Kitchen manager + Line cooks + prep/dish!

Part time and full time available! Very flexible.
Text John at 828-460-3598.

Milepost Music at Doughton Park

You're invited to come enjoy free live music sessions on select Sunday afternoons at Doughton Park.
These free sessions are offered from 1 to 3 p.m., on the f
ourth Sunday of each month through September.
July 24: Mac Walker Duo

August 28: His and Hers

September 25: Trish Fore & The Wildcats

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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.

Webcam View

You can "visit" The Bluffs from anywhere
with our web camera.

In the News!

We're proud to be featured in:   

"The Bluffs Offers Second Helpings"

Our State, October 2021