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.
Update! Thanks to your love for The Bluffs, we have met a $25,000 match for repairs to the historic restaurant given by Julie Hettiger and her husband, Ken Nelson.
“When I was growing up, The Bluffs Restaurant was the favorite destination for Sunday outings with my grandparents, my parents and many other relatives, and I have always cherished those memories,” Julie Hettiger says (at left in photo taken at Bluffs). “My husband and I are very excited that the Foundation is so close reopening the restaurant in the very near future.”
Many a traveler appreciated the ability to stop for a sip of cool clean water from iconic rock water fountains that once dotted the Blue Ridge Parkway. In addition to serving visitors, the fountains helped define the park’s rustic design aesthetic, along with split rail fences, rock bridges, and more. Today, the few fountains that remain are inoperable.
MATCHING GIFT OPPORTUNITY! This project will complete the repaving of the one-mile loop around the lake. Youth conservation crews will help clear vegetation in preparation for the paving project. The bridge nearest the Peaks of Otter Lodge will be converted from an arched to flat span. This spot, which welcomes more than 200,000 visitors each year, will be the first complete ADA trail along the Parkway in Virginia.
Doughton Park is a beloved spot on the Blue Ridge Parkway, but it is difficult to enjoy the picnic area here in its current run-down condition. The picnic tables and walkways date back to the 1940s and ’50s and are in severe disrepair. We will fund a rehabilitation of the area to replace tables and address crumbling stonework, flagstone walks, and fire pits.
FUNDED! There's a new bridge on Grassy Gap Trail. In the past, the crossing over Basin Creek was often difficult, with only a long, precarious log spanning the waterway for hikers. Thanks to generous donations to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation by members of the Piedmont Hiking and Outing Club, a 30-foot bridge now makes the trek safer and more accessible for everyone.
FUNDED! Those who hike the section of the Mountains to Sea Trail near Blowing Rock have likely encountered the dangerous and seasonally impassible crossing at Boone Fork Creek. To remedy the problem, the Friends of the North Carolina Mountains to Sea Trail secured a grant of $200,000 to build a pedestrian bridge. The Foundation will provide a match of $50,000 for construction and engineering costs to make this trail linked to the Blue Ridge Parkway a safe and enjoyable hike. Construction will begin on this project in early 2016.