Blue Ridge Billions

Blue Ridge Billions: A new National Park Service analysis points up the Parkway’s profitable path
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The Blue Ridge Parkway is guaranteed to feature at least two things this fall: an explosion of autumn color and thousands upon thousands of enraptured visitors. In fact, a new report from the National Park Service, crunching data from 2020, indicates that during the pandemic year, the Parkway still brought in near-record visitation. Here are some of the key numbers that show the 469-mile scenic byway’s enduring economic impact: