Picnic for the Parkway

A picnic table at Richland Balsam TrailJuly is National Picnic Month! This classic summer celebration is a cherished tradition on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Picture it now: a basket full of homemade dishes and fresh blueberries. Cool mountain air and spectacular views. Family and friends telling old stories and making new memories.

In honor of picnics you’ve enjoyed on the Parkway in the past or the one you might be looking forward to this summer, we invite you to our Picnic for the Parkway. It’s as simple as making a donation in support of the park that gives us so many wonderful experiences.

Your gift will help ensure the Parkway remains a place to explore and appreciate these awe-inspiring mountains.



Become a Picnic for the Parkway Host

If you’d like to invite your friends to get involved in protecting the Parkway from the comfort of home, you can sign up to host a virtual picnic. A summer picnic is a great theme for your next Zoom, Skype, or Facebook Messenger get-together. You can swap recipes, chat about your favorites places to picnic on the Parkway, and use one of the fun Parkway backgrounds (below) for the call. It's easy, just

  1. Sign up on the official Picnic for the Parkway page.
  2. Invite your family and friends to participate in your picnic, and join you in making a donation to support the Parkway.
  3. Post your fundraising page and fun pictures, recipes, and favorite picnic spots on social media using the hashtag #PicnicfortheParkway. You can even upload images and stories from past picnics.

We hope you’ll take this opportunity to connect with others who love the Parkway, and show your shared support for this national treasure.

Sign up today!  

Helpful links to start your celebration through our Picnic for the Parkway page on Classy:

- How to set up an individual fundraising page 

- How to create or join a fundraising team 

- More info at brpfoundation.org/picnic


Want a special Parkway-themed background for your Zoom picnic? Click the photos below to view and download!


Black Bear

Craggy Gardens

Picnics of the Past

Peaks of Otter

Flat Top Manor