Support Your Park
The protection of the Parkway and surrounding region is an immense task, with much at stake. Decades of eroding budgets have reduced staffing and made it more and more difficult to maintain the parkway's aging and considerable infrastructure to monitor and preserve its many natural and cultural resources, and provide educational services for visitors. The trend is undeniably clear: fewer staff members must confront mounting threats and try to carry out a dual mission of preserving the Parkway and serving the visiting public. They cannot do it alone. Their success will depend on mobilizing an army of concerned citizens. The Parkway of tomorrow will be defined by the extent to which people today are willing to speak out on behalf of the Parkway and to invest in its future. Fortunately, many non-profit partner groups now work hand-in-hand with the Parkway staff. While these organizations have differing missions, they share an overarching goal: to preserve and enhance the national treasure that is the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Established in 1949, Blue Ridge Parkway Association, provides visitor information through the publication of the Blue Ridge Parkway Directory & Travel Planner and the Blue Ridge Parkway - Travel Planner mobile app and mobile website in cooperation with an active membership of travel and tourism partners, local businesses, and attractions along the Blue Ridge Parkway and nearby regions. www.blueridgeparkway.org
Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation meets the widest variety of Parkway needs every day. We collaborate closely with the Park and our Community of Stewards to ensure maximum flexibility and impact of each donor dollar whether donor interests are in education, environmental and resource protection, visitor facilities, or cultural heritage. www.brpfoundation.org
FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway is a unique group of members and volunteers who preserve, protect, celebrate, and enhance the Blue Ridge Parkway and its surrounding corridor for the benefit of its communities and future generations. Through education and public engagement in volunteerism, FRIENDS conserves the natural and cultural integrity of the Blue Ridge Parkway. www.friendsbrp.org
Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership connects cultural, heritage, and tourism organizations in the North Carolina mountains and foothills to foster heritage preservation, promote the region to visitors, and achieve sustainable economic development. www.blueridgeheritage.com
While not a membership organization, Eastern National operates bookstores at Parkway visitor centers. Bookstore proceeds support numerous education and research programs on the Parkway. Shop at non-profit stores in Parkway visitor centers to enjoy your visit more, support visitor center staffing, and generate cash donations to the Parkway. www.easternnational.org www.eParks.com
The Carolina Mountain Club is an organization of Hikers and Trail Maintainers. The CMC Hikes and Maintain trails on the Parkway and trails that cross the Parkway from the Smokies to the Black Mountain Campground. carolinamountainclub.org
Conservation Trust for North Carolina [www.ctnc.org] and the Blue Ridge Land Conservancy [www.blueridgelandconservancy.org] Provide funds to preserve key tracts of land along the Parkway and seek private landowner support.
Did You Know?
There are twenty six tunnels on the Blue Ridge Parkway, but only one in Virginia. This is primarily because the North Carolina mountains are more rugged than those in Virginia.