Blue Ridge Country May/June 2021 - BRPG18

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North Carolina Mileposts: Classic Parkway Stops
The Blue Ridge Parkway is home to wonders at every milepost. Here, parkway book author/photographer Nye
Simmons offers insider info and the occasional photo tip for four great North Carolina stops.

Doughton Park, MP 238.5241.4
Originally known as the
Bluffs, this area was
renamed in 1951 in honor
of Robert Doughton, the

42-year North Carolina
Congressman (1911-1953),
and a strong parkway
supporter and advocate. His
voice and support were key
in gaining initial approval

Wild Hydrangea

(Hydrangea arborescens)

A medium shrub with large clusters
of white flowers. May-August.

18 BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY

for the parkway project,
and it is only fitting that the
largest park on the roadway
is named in his honor.
As we go to press, Bluffs
Lodge remains closed, but
the Bluffs Restaurant was
scheduled to reopen as of
this spring.
Picturesque split rail
fences (known also as
snake rail fences-the name
referencing the meandering
snake-like layout) line the
Parkway for many miles and
are nowhere as abundant as
Doughton Park. Wide-open
knolls are a feature of the
rolling landscape and are
easy to access for a stroll or
picnic. From the restaurant,

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