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Parkway Sees 14 Million Visitors In 2020 – Transylvania County, NC


Last updated 3/3/2021 at 4:17pm

Looking Glass Rock, seen from the Blue Ridge Parkway in spring. (Times photo by Sean Trapp)

Blue Ridge Parkway managers announced Tuesday that an estimated 14,099,485 recreation visitors used the park in 2020.

Despite impacts from road closures and the coronavirus pandemic, Parkway trails, overlooks and open spaces provided safe ways for visitors to recreate responsibly, to get outside and to stay active, according to a Parkway press release.

Visitation highlights from the Parkway in 2020 include:

•2020 visitation represents an overall 6 percent decrease from 2019 Parkway recreation visits.

•The Parkway took the top spot in National Park Service (NPS) visitation as one of only three NPS sites that received more than 10 million recreational visits in 2020.

In September through December of 2020, Parkway visitation saw a 2 percent increase over the previous year.

"The 2020 visitation reminds us that the Parkway's 1930s design approach, to maximize scenic views and recreational access, continues to be relevant today for those looking for respite and renewal," said Blue Ridge Parkway Acting Superintendent Alexa Viets. "Our commitment to providing these experiences, while protecting the health of those who work and visit the Parkway, continues as we plan for the 2021 visitor season."

While the Parkway remains open, weather permitting, year-round, the traditional visitor season begins in the spring and continues through fall. Information to help plan a 2021 Parkway visit, including current road and facility status, is available at


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