Economy slows traffic on Blue Ridge Parkway

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Campgrounds along the parkway’s first 106 miles — which includes Bedford, Amherst and Nelson counties — saw fewer out-of-state visitors last year than normal, said Randy Sutton, an interpretive ranger for the parkway’s Ridge District.

Bikers along the East Coast usually flock to the ridge-top road, he said, but 2008 saw less motorcycle traffic, leading to a reduction in accidents.

The decline in visitors couldn’t be blamed on scenery, according to Sutton.

“We had pretty good color in the mountains,” he said. “A large part of (the decline) can be attributed to the economy and the price of gas.”

via Economy slows traffic on Blue Ridge Parkway | Lynchburg News Advance.

I know we didn’t do our part in 2008 to keep the numbers up…Maybe we can make up for it in 2009.

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