As the National Park Service faces an astonishing price tag to repair all aspects of the Blue Ridge Parkway, coupled with impending budget constraints, care of the trails, campgrounds, picnic areas, and overlooks are falling to the bottom of the long list of priorities. That means, the places you enjoy nature on the Parkway desperately need your help!
You can protect the outdoor experiences that are at the heart of the Parkway experience with a gift to the Trails & Views Forever program. Your donation will revitalize trails, picnic areas, campgrounds, overlooks, and additional amenities that allow us to immerse ourselves in the natural beauty of the Parkway.
The program's 2021 projects include:
BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Conservation Corps Trail Crew ($54,400 needed)
You can give eight young adults a once-in-a-lifetime outdoor experience. Through a collaboration with the Conservation Corps of North Carolina, your gift will provide trail restoration training and additional support for an eight-person crew. The team will spend 14 weeks rehabbing the Tanawha Trail near Julian Price Memorial Park. The project is designed to give young adults the opportunity to work side by side with National Park Service employees; engage with visitors and the agency’s supporters; and be part of a personally and professionally empowering adventure. Participants will also receive college credit and preferred hiring status with federal land management agencies.
Mount Pisgah Platform Reconstruction ($20,000 needed)
Along the popular Mount Pisgah Trail, visitors can take in stunning mountain views from a wooden observation deck. Over its 40 years in use and thousands of visitors, the platform has seen better days. Patch work on the deck has become extensive, and it is time to replace the structure. With a donation for this project, you will fund the reconstruction of the platform to provide a safe and enjoyable stop for trekkers. The Mount Pisgah Trailhead is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway and leads hikers into Pisgah National Forest. The work will be completed by Pisgah National Forest staff and volunteers. Please donate today to rebuild the observation deck.
This project is being championed by the Hagebak family in memory of Lisa Hambrick Hagebak, to recognize her love of the North Carolina mountains and Blue Ridge Parkway.
Humback Rocks Trail Crew ($38,000 needed)
You can help fund repairs to three well-traveled hiking routes in Virginia, the Humpback Rocks and Catoctin trails and an access trail from Humpback Rocks Farm to the Appalachian Trail. With your support, a Student Conservation Association crew will spend up to 16 weeks rehabilitating trail surfaces, filling in eroded areas, clearing downed trees, brush, and limbs, and trimming encroaching vegetation, and repairing or replacing six benches. Team members will also repair water diverting structures to prolong the life of the trails. In addition to the benefits to the Parkway, the crew will learn outdoor conservation skills and can qualify for preferred hiring status for positions with the National Park Service and other federal land management agencies, plus a monetary award which can be used toward their education.
Craggy Gardens Exhibits ($6,204 needed)
Craggy Gardens, known for its fantastic long-range views, is one of the most visited destinations on the Parkway. Your gift will create outdoor exhibits near the visitor center to provide directions and highlight the diverse natural resources of the high-elevation site.
Volunteer Support ($11,500 needed)
With a gift, you can provide the supplies, training, and tools volunteers need to repair, rejuvenate, and improve multiple sites along the Parkway.
Viewshed Restoration ($10,000 needed)
With your help, arborist crews can continue to restore the Parkway’s famous overlooks. Your support will allow a highly-trained crew to clear overgrown vegetation at designated vistas this fall.
Update: Big, big news! Gifts for the Trails & Views Forever program have surpassed $1 million, completing the Founding Funders phase of this initiative. These contributions are a tremendous step toward renewing and repairing trails, campgrounds, picnic areas, and overlooks.
With continued support, we know we can reach the overall goal of $3 million for the recreation areas along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Now is your chance to become an official Trailblazer for this critical program. With a gift of $1,000 or more, you will receive a limited edition patch. (For Founding Funders, this will be a great complement to your first patch.) You will also receive special recognition in our annual report released in the fall.
Please join us in the next leg of this trek to the top of the mountain. Give today to become a Trailblazer!
Learn more about Trails & Views Forever with this webinar: