The National Park Service (NPS) has issued two prospectuses for concessions business opportunities along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The first is for offers for a 10-year concession contract to provide lodging, food and beverage, retail and other services at Peaks of Otter, Rocky Knob, and Doughton Park within the Blue Ridge Parkway. The second is for offers to provide craft sales and limited food and beverage services at the Folk Art Center within the Blue Ridge Parkway.
The Peaks of Otter, near Bedford, Virginia, includes a three building, 63-room lodge overlooking Abbott Lake and Sharp Top Mountain, a restaurant, lounge and gift shop, a country store and a shuttle bus to the top of Sharp Top Mountain.
Rocky Knob Cabins consist of seven rustic cabins.
The Bluffs Lodge and Coffee Shop at Doughton Park, near Laurel Springs, North Carolina, includes a 24-room lodge, restaurant, and gift shop.
The prospectuses describe the business opportunities and include the terms and conditions of the concession contracts. Both prospectuses are available on the NPS website at
To request a hard copy of the prospectus to be delivered via Federal Express, send a check for $50.00, payable to the National Park Service, to Mark Morgan, Commercial Services Specialist, National Park Service, Southeast Regional Office, AFC, 1924 Building, 100 Alabama Street, SW, Atlanta, GA 30303. Please include a physical address (no post office box) and telephone number. You may also pick up a printed copy at the Superintendent’s Office at Blue Ridge Parkway Headquarters for $45.00 (checks only). No telephone requests for the prospectuses will be honored.
If you are planning to submit a proposal and have obtained your prospectus from the website, we recommend you advise Mark Morgan, (404)507-5638, or e-mail Mark_Morgan@nps.gov, of your interest so you can be notified of any additional information specific to the prospectus. The same information will be posted to the above mentioned website.
Please submit any questions regarding the Folk Art Center prospectus to Mark Morgan, in writing, by Thursday, June 7, 2012, and any questions regarding the Peaks of Otter/Rocky Knob/Bluffs Lodge prospectus in writing by Thursday, June 14, 2012.
Site visits to review concession facilities are scheduled as follows:
- Folk Art Center :: Thursday, May 24, 2012
- Rocky Knob and Doughton Park :: Wednesday, May 30, 2012
- Peaks of Otter :: Thursday, May 31, 2012
All offers must be received by the NPS no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, July 27, 2012, in order to be considered for an award of a concession contract.