Renew the Views

Photo by Vicki Dameron

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.

Thanks to your support, the Arborist Incident Response team with the National Park Service began clearing overlooks in spring 2018.  The work is carefully planned so as not to disturb wildlife, including the Northern flying squirrel. The felled trees create habitat for birds, insects, and other animals. As the wood decomposes, it will return nutrients to the soil.

You can help us continue to clear these incredible views. Every gift makes a difference, but when you make a $100 donation to the Renew the Views program, you’ll receive a lithograph of The Blue Ridge Parkway by artist Eric Fitzpatrick. The print depicts fall on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and features a couple spending a sunny afternoon picnicking on a blanket, as a farmer and his wife tend the rolling fields below. A quaint farmhouse is pictured below them, with the Parkway threading its way around the curves of mountains at the height of their autumn color. Quantities are limited.

The print also makes a lovely gift for anyone who enjoys the Parkway, and will have double the meaning when your contribution is used to help clear and protect the overlooks along the scenic route.

View The Blue Ridge Parkway lithograph  Size (17" x 21")

Clear the Way

Help keep our vistas from vanishing with a gift today. 


Photo by Vicki Dameron