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 to 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.
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.
Our Trails & Views Forever program is poised to reach a major milestone! Your gifts are closing in on $1 million, funds that will repair and enhance the hikes, overlooks, campgrounds, and picnic areas you love! We need your help to meet this mark in our effort to provide a total of $3 million for these Parkway projects.
That means time is running out to become a Founding Funder of the Trails & Views program. With a gift of $1,000, you’ll receive a limited edition patch, and your name will appear in our annual report and on donor acknowledgement signs on the Parkway at Graveyard Fields, Craggy Gardens, Rough Ridge, Price Lake, Peaks of Otter, and Humpback Rocks. This chance to give with special recognition opportunities will soon close. New names will not be added to the signs after the first $1 million is reached, so act now to be a part of this group’s amazing impact. A second level of support opportunities for Trails & Views Forever will be announced soon. Stay tuned!
Learn more about Trails & Views Forever with this webinar: