Interested in becoming an Overlook Adopter with the Blue Ridge Parkway? With 272 overlooks, ranging from scenic-pull offs to regularly-used trail heads, Overlook Adopters help to keep the overlooks on the parkway clean, safe and attractive for public use and enjoyment by thousands of appreciative visitors.
An overlook may be adopted by a single individual, family or other group. An adopting individual, family, club, or organized group must be willing to commit to their overlook for a period of at least one year, with a minimum of monthly visits occurring from April-October.
Maintenance tasks for an Overlook Adopter include; picking up litter and debris from parking areas and sidewalks, clearing leaves, twigs and branches from grassy areas, ditches and drainage channels, cleaning overlook signs and any nearby mile markers, and cleaning picnic table(s) and areas where applicable.
By diligently maintaining an overlook, you stand as one of its most important advocates and protectors. Without vigilant attention, an overlook might soon be overrun with unsightly litter and dangerous debris. The Blue Ridge Parkway experience wouldn’t be the same without our dedicated Overlook Adopters!
If you are interested in adopting one of our available overlooks, please read through the Overlook Adoption Handbook and Availability List below, and email our Volunteer Coordinator with the overlook you would like to adopt.
Overlook Adoption Handbook
Background and Purpose
The National Park Service manages and maintains 272 overlooks on the Blue Ridge Parkway. These overlooks range in use from scenic pull-offs to regularly-used trail heads. Blue Ridge Parkway maintenance staff is officially tasked with cleaning overlooks as their schedules permit, however, the Parkway seeks help from volunteers willing to take on the task.
How It Works
Although we encourage volunteers to visit their overlook as often as possible, there are certain times of year that are most critical for maintenance of these areas.
The National Park Service may supply trash bags and gloves. If these items are needed, please contact the Blue Ridge Parkway Volunteer Coordinator at least 1 week prior to your planned work day. No power tools should be used on the Parkway unless proper NPS certification is obtained.
Safety is our number one priority. It is the most important consideration while volunteering on the parkway. Prior to completing work on the Parkway a review of the Job Hazards is required by all volunteers. In order to operate power tools on the parkway, NPS training is required, even if the tools you use are your own. This includes: string trimmers, leaf blowers, push mowers, and motorized saws of any kind. NO USE OF RIDING LAWN MOWERS WILL BE AUTHORIZED OR PERMITTED BY VOLUNTEERS.Contact the park Volunteer Coordinator about obtaining required training.All volunteers that are working near traffic on the road shoulder or in active overlooks are required to wear ANSI-II Compliant Safety Vests at all times. These may be obtained through local maintenance or through the volunteer coordinator.
South End of Shenandoah NP – Roanoke (MP 0-106)
MP 0.2 – Afton Overlook – Adopted
Roanoke – VA/NC Border (MP 106-217)
MP 107 – N&W Railroad Overlook – Adopted
VA/NC Border – Crabtree Falls (MP 217-340)
MP 219 – Fox Hunter's Paradise Overlook – Adopted
Crabtree Falls – Cherokee (MP 340-469)
MP 342 – Black Mountains Overlook – Adopted
Last updated: June 19, 2023