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M O U N TA I N R E P O RT

Blue Ridge Region
National Parks
Lead in $$ to Local
Economies
Of all our national parks, the Blue
Ridge Parkway and Great Smokies contributed the most to local economies last
year. The parkway's 16.1 million visitors
spent $1 billion, supporting 15,400 jobs,
and the Smokies' 11.3 million visitors
spent $923 million, supporting about
13,900 jobs. Between 2012 and 2017,
visitation at all national parks grew by
17 percent, visitor spending increased by
23.8 percent, and jobs supported grew by
26 percent, a total of 306,000 jobs. "The
investments we make in our national
parks protect cherished places while
promoting community and economic
development," said Will Shafroth, president of the National Park Foundation.
nationalparks.org

The Blue Ridge Parkway's signature structure, the Linn Cove Viaduct, helps lure visitors.

Clifton Forge and Covington
feature charming, authentic

A place for dreaming, learning,
sharing & being entertained.

downtowns in the mountains of
Virginia. Surrounded by natural
beauty and rich in history, see

Congratulations to the

why these two downtowns are

Alleghany Highlands icons

Uniquely Alleghany.

named winners of the
Best of the Mountains
reader poll:

Where friends gather for good
conversation, shopping & dining.

Historic Masonic Theatre:
Historic Theatre

Douthat State Park:

visitalleghanyhighlands.com/downtowns
540-962-2178 ยท 888-430-5786
#UniquelyAlleghany

Downtowns across America are
the centers of home town life.

State Park & Best Campground

Falling Spring Falls:
Favorite Waterfalls

JULY/AUGUST 2018

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