Blue Ridge Parkway visits surpass last year

The Blue Ridge Parkway attracted more visitors through November, 2015 than it did in all of 2014. The parkway has logged more than 14.1 million visits in 2015, according to National Park Service estimates. That figure eclipses 2014’s full-year total of 13.9 million visits.

This year’s total is the highest since 2012, when the parkway recorded 15.2 million visitors.

The parkway drew nearly 1.2 million visitors in November. The park service revised upward its numbers in October from 1.7 million visitors to 1.8 million. Several October weekends were adversely affected by heavy rains that closed long sections of the parkway.

As usual, the North Carolina section attracted more tourists than Virginia’s portion by more than a 2-to-1 ratio. North Carolina recorded more than 9.5 million visitors so far in 2015, compared to Virginia’s 4.6 million. Way to represent NC!

Other parkway and park service attractions are also having banner years.

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