Lodges along the parkway provide overnight accommodations from spring through the fall. Verturing into local communities is another enjoyable way to find a place to stay for the night. The Blue Ridge Parkway Association's Travel Planner lists many accommodations located in towns near the parkway.
Want to spend a night sleeping out under the stars? The Parkway offers both frontcountry camping in developed campgrounds, and backcountry camping.
Enjoy a meal or snack at one of four restaurants on the parkway:
- Peaks of Otter Lodge - Milepost 85.6
Full-service restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus a variety of seasonal specialties. Windows in the dining area overlook the lake. peaksofotter.com
- Mabry Mill Restaurant and Gift Shop - Milepost 176.2
The restaurant serves a country-style menu featuring sweet potato, cornmeal, buckwheat, blueberry and apple pancakes. Breakfast is served all day. Lunch and dinner entrees include barbecue pulled pork, chicken pot pie and homemade blackberry cobbler. The gift shop features Virginia crafts and foods, including locally ground grits, cornmeal and buckwheat flour, as well as a wide selection of Mabry Mill and Blue Ridge Parkway-inspired gifts, clothing, books, music and souvenirs. mabrymillrestaurant.com
- Bluff's Restaurant at Doughton Park - Milepost 241
The coffee shop at Doughton Park on the Blue Ridge Parkway welcomed generations of locals and travelers during its original 61 years of operation. The Bluffs reopened in the spring of 2021 to welcome diners once again for great home-style cooking. Bluffs Restaurant
- Northwest Trading Post - Milepost 258.7 - CLOSED for the 2023 SEASON
The store offers handcrafted and gift items. Food and beverages include made-to-order subs, breakfast biscuits, home baked goodies, as well as fudge and many snack items. It's a great place to stop and have lunch or a snack while enjoying beautiful mountain scenery. Visit their Facebook page.
- Pisgah Inn and Restaurant - Milepost 408.8
The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Windows surround the main dining room and overlook a panoramic view. Seating for the dining room is on “first come, first seated basis.” The Inn also has a private dining room accommodating up to 50 people available for reunions, retreats, banquets and meetings. pisgahinn.com