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 to provide educational services for visitors.
Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation meets a wide variety of parkway needs every day. They collaborate closely with the park and a 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
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
America's National Parks Stores 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. https://shop.americasnationalparks.org/store/
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 and the Blue Ridge Land Conservancy Provide funds to preserve key tracts of land along the Parkway and seek private landowner support. www.ctnc.org and www.blueridgelandconservancy.org
Last updated: March 29, 2021