High Country Youth Trail Restoration

Imagine working with newfound friends to rehabilitate and build trails by day and bond over a common goal under the stars at night. Sounds pretty great, right? That's what a crew of teenagers and young adults will do this summer in the Highlands District of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Photo by Rita Larkin

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North Carolina Youth Conservation crew member Kristiana Davis with the North Carolina Conservation Corps cuts back foliage on a trail in the High Country. Photograph by Jan Pender

We are partnering with the Conservation Trust for North Carolina (CTNC) to support a crew with the group's North Carolina Youth Conservation Corps, allowing Parkway campgrounds and trails to realize improvements while young men and women learn about the wilderness and themselves.

The seven-week sessions combine the lessons of environmental stewardship, job and life skills, leadership, community service, and responsibility. Working under the supervision of leaders, the teams of 16- to 24-year-olds from across the state and a variety of backgrounds build a connection with nature and each other.

The project furthers the Foundation's goal to engage the next generation of stewards to champion the needs of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Learn more about the North Carolina Youth Conservation Corps.


our goal is $37,000

Help connect youth with the outdoors and improve the Parkway.


Photo by Jan Pender