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The Blue Ridge Parkway is getting ready for the crush of spring visitors with opening dates set for campgrounds, picnic areas and other facilities, the Citizen-Times of Asheville, N.C., reported.

The 469-mile parkway is the most visited unit of the U.S. National Park Service, drawing 15 million visitors in 2015. Because of its high elevations on the North Carolina side, often covered in snow and ice, many facilities close during the winter.

The Pisgah Inn — known across the country for its spectacular dining room views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and one of the only places to buy a sit-down meal on the parkway — will open for the season April 1. The inn and restaurant sit about 30 miles southwest of Asheville.

Also set to open are Linville Falls Campground (April 1) and Crabtree and Mount Pisgah campgrounds (May 6), picnic areas including Crabtree Falls, Craggy Gardens and Mount Pisgah, all opening April 15, and visitor centers Craggy Gardens (April 15), Linville Falls and Linn Cove (both April 29).

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