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Bluffs Restaurant Blue Ridge Parkway Doughton Park

Bluffs Restaurant Blue Ridge Parkway Doughton Park

Bluffs Restaurant Doughton Park by David Huff


The now historic Bluffs Restaurant originally opened in 1949 and was a main feature of the High Country section of the Blue Ridge Parkway.  The restaurant was known as the stop for piping hot coffee after a night of camping and a fried chicken lunch perfect for a picnic.  Sadly, the restaurant closed at the end of the 2010 season and sat vacant and in desperate need of repair for five years. 

Luckily, all those that had happy memories of Bluffs Restaurant were able to persuade the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation to oversee the funding, repair and restoration, and leasing of the building. Support was provided from many sources and the restaurant reopened in August 2020!



  • We suggest checking The Bluffs website before going to make sure the hours of operation have not changed.  Currently, the restaurant is open 11am -7pm, Wednesday-Sunday.
  • If the restaurant is busy, get a picnic lunch to go. The Doughton Park Picnic Area next to The Bluffs has 56 picnic sites! View a map of Doughton Park HERE
  • Take a short hike, visit a historic cabin or search of hawks! View a list of all there is to do along this section of the Blue Ridge Parkway HERE