Parkway sites reopening
Attractions closed last year on the Blue Ridge Parkway because of budget cuts reopen this summer, but some only on weekends or later than normal in the season.
Slated to hang out the “Welcome” mat include the Rocky Knob Visitors Center in Floyd County on Saturdays and Sundays starting May 24 and Smart View Picnic area daily starting June 14.
Other locations that will come back to life include Roanoke Mountain Campground on May 9 and the facilities Sunday concert series on May 25.
Mabry Mill, with a new vendor running the popular attraction’s popular attraction’s restaurant, will open the restaurant on May 1 and the park attractions on May 25.
“We are very happy to restore services at a number of facilities this season,” Parkway superintendent Mark Woods said in a news release. “We recognize how important these areas are to local communities and the traveling public. The parkway is an important resource for many reasons for many people. Restoring services at these facilities is an honor for us.”
Reopening of the Parkway attractions fly in the face of some local predictions that the closures at Rocky Knob and Smart View would be permanent.
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