Visitor Amenities

Waterrock Knob: New Exhibits at Visitor Center

The Waterrock Knob Visitor Center near Cherokee, North Carolina, occupies a unique position on the Blue Ridge Parkway, having the potential to be either the first or last stop for travelers. With the help of your donation, the National Park Service will install new exhibits to replace the current time-worn displays that feature outdated information. The new exhibits will inform visitors about:
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I Love Craggy Matching Challenge

A rehabilitation project for one of the most popular trails along the Blue Ridge Parkway is underway! A crew with the American Conservation Experience is repairing Craggy Flats Bald Trail, which has become deeply rutted, leading to erosion.
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Centennial Challenge Project: Sharp Top Shelter Rehab

Matching Gift Opportunity! In 2017, Congress provided $20 million for projects across the country through the Centennial Challenge program. These funds will be matched by $33 million from more than 50 park partners to improve trails, restore buildings, and increase visitor access to parks. This project has been selected for a Centennial Challenge grant! That  means your contribution will be doubled by matching funds from the federal government, so you can feel twice as good about your gift.
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Moses H. Cone Memorial Park: Bass Lake Comfort Station

Your donation keeps the restrooms at Bass Lake on the grounds of Moses H. Cone Memorial Park clean and open to visitors year-round. The facility was completed in 2009 thanks to your gifts, and mimicks the architecture of the former laundry room of nearby Flat Top Manor. 
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Blue Ridge Music Center Trees & Picnic Tables

With your help, we will plant a row of mature trees along the hillside of the amphitheater to provide shade for concert-goers and block the sun for performers on the stage. Additionally, picnic tables will be installed to offer daytime visitors a place to enjoy a meal or take a rest after hiking one of the on-site trails. 
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Craggy Gardens Visitor Center Exhibit Revamp

FUNDED! Thank you for your gifts to make the first phase of this project a reality. The work will be accomplished in two phases with the main exhibits slated for installation in the winter of 2017/2018. Additional gifts will help us accomplish phase two! The Craggy Gardens Visitor Center hosts 85,000 visitors annually. Inside the circa-1952 building, the 10-year-old faded and outdated exhibit panels will be replaced by displays that tell the story of the plants and animals in this unique and harsh high elevation environment.
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Renew the Views

The designers of the Blue Ridge Parkway created 216 overlooks to offer astonishing views of rippling mountain peaks, valleys, and more. Over time, vegetation has grown and obscured many of the original vistas. Working with the National Park Service, we are setting out to clear these overlooks with the support of individuals and adjacent communities.
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Craggy Flats Bald Trail Repairs

FUNDED! Thank you for your gifts to make this project a reality. A crew with the American Conservation Experience has just finished most of the repairs at Craggy Flats Bald Trail during a four-week stint.
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Julian Price Memorial Park Restrooms & Showers 

FUNDED! Thanks so much for your gifts to make this project possible. Please join us for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of the project at 10 a.m., October 24, at Price Campground, Loop D. Price Park Campground is one of the most visited camping areas on the Blue Ridge Parkway, with 129 tent and 68 RV sites. Your support will build a modern facility with showers and handicap-accessible restrooms.
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Doughton Park: Repair & Reopen Bluffs Buildings

Our goal is within reach! That's right, we only need $250,000 to hit our fundraising target for reopening the former Bluffs Coffee Shop building at Doughton Park, near Sparta, N.C. We've come so far thanks to your dedication and generosity for the project. Support from the North Carolina General Assembly and Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has also been critical. In 2017, the state appropriated $350,000 toward building repairs. ARC recently provided a $300,000 grant to purchase updated restaurant equipment and furniture. 
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