Discover the journey. Then help protect it.

May 2018 - In this issue of The Scenic:
New Giving Opportunities!
There is still time to donate to our Bee Kind to the Parkway initiative.

Spring is when the Blue Ridge Parkway beckons us all back to the mountains, and reminds us of what a special place we have in our midst. We're ready to get out and enjoy all it has to offer, and (even better) dig in to make it stronger. That's why we're excited to announce a new list of giving opportunities selected to reflect the facets of our mission: historical and cultural preservation, environmental protection, visitor amenities, and educational outreach. Your gifts will determine what we can accomplish. You can support the projects that mean the most to you or focus on the overall protection of the park. No matter how you choose to give, we thank you for investing in the future of one of the most treasured landscapes in our country.

Here are just a few of the projects you can make a reality:

To see the complete list of 2018 projects in our Spring issue of
The Scenic newsletter, click here.


Thanks to you, many of the overlooks on the southern end of the Parkway have been cleared and now offer travelers the beautiful long-range views that the park designers originally intended. In April, the National Park Service's Arborist Incident Response team removed trees and vegetation at overlooks from milepost 420 to 435, and the results are incredible!

Another clearing will be scheduled in the fall, and you can still give. When you donate $100 or more to the Renew the Views program, you will receive a lithograph of The Blue Ridge Parkway by Eric Fitzpatrick. Learn more

Remake History at the Denim Ball

Photo by Jan Todd |
The wait is over! Tickets are now on sale for the third annual Denim Ball to benefit Moses H. Cone Memorial Park. The event will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, August 3, at Chetola Resort at Blowing Rock. It's the most comfortable ball of the year with dressy denim as the outfit of choice. The night by the lake will include music by the  Jeff Little Trio , a buffet dinner, cash bar, and live and silent auction. The past two events have sold out, so purchase your tickets early. Visit or call (866) 308-2773, ext. 245.

Parkway Place Photo Challenge

There are lots of spots on the Parkway that welcome dogs on a leash, but they don't have a sign as adorable as this one. This location is a great stop to shop for crafts and grab food to enjoy on the picnic tables. 

Follow the Foundation on  Facebook  and Instagram  to tell us which location this is  under the matching image to enter the Parkway Place Challenge. One winner will be drawn from those with the correct answer and will receive a Blue Ridge Parkway RIDE license plate.  Good luck!

 Many thanks for your help on Project Parkway day!

Because of you, the Project Parkway volunteer clean-up day was a huge success. All eight campgrounds on the Parkway were spruced up in three hours by 200 volunteers on April 21. Volunteers of all ages and skill levels worked to clean and replace fire pits, clear leaves and limbs, build stairs, replace fire pits, and more. We can't wait to participate in this event again next year.
Order your North Carolina specialty license tag and help the Blue Ridge Parkway.  For each attractive license plate sold, $20 goes toward important projects on the scenic route, and $10 funds the N.C. Department of Transportation Wildflower Program

Ready. Set. Find Your Pint!

Our Find Your Pint beer series is back for its third installment with plenty of chances to participate. Originally a two-month event, Find Your Pint has expanded to partner with  breweries and cideries throughout the year to raise funds for the Blue Ridge Parkway with special beer rele ases and  events.

First on your must-visit list is Bhramari Brewing Company in Asheville. The great folks there are donating $1 from every pint of their brew, Painted Fortune, sold from May 15 to June 14 to the Fou ndation to support our Bee Kind to the Blue Ridge Parkway citizen science project. Come raise a glass for the bees and the Parkway!

See the list of Find Your Pint eventsAnd check back as we announce more participants in the coming weeks.

Blue Ridge Music Center hosts young musicians

The Blue Ridge Music Center's first event of the season, JAM & Family Day, on Saturday, May 19, welcomes students of the Junior Appalachian Musicians program to take part in instrument workshops and more throughout the day. Children can also participate in a guided family hike, Junior Park Ranger activities, or a musical craft project. Sign up begins at 10 a.m., and activities last throughout the day.
The venue will welcome back Amythyst Kiah and Her Chest of Glass to the outdoor amphitheater on Saturday, May 26. Kiah's commanding stage presence is matched by her raw and powerful vocalsa deeply moving, hypnotic sound that echoes a distant and restless past. Provocative and coolly fierce, she crosses the boundaries of blues and old-time music through her modern reinterpretations. The show opens at 7 p.m. with Wild Ponies. 

The Foundation proudly supports programming at the Blue Ridge Music Center, milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Galax, Virginia, to preserve the cultural and musical heritage of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 

Road to the Past


The final Parkway facilities come back to life for the season on May 25, including picnic areas like Cumberland Knob, shown in this 1946 photograph. The visitor centers at Rocky Knob and Linn Cove and the Mabry Mill Cultural Center reopen the same day. One exception is the James River Visitor Center, which is slated to welcome visitors by the end of June.  See the complete operating schedule

Road Advisory

The National Park Service recently announced that more than 65 miles of the route between milepost 359 and 469 will be resurfaced as part of a pavement preservation program. Work begins this month and continues through September. Learn more
Join our Community of Stewards                          
As the primary fundraiser and trusted steward of the  Blue Ridge Parkway, the Foundation is forever committed to preserving the past, enhancing the present, and safeguarding the future of America's Favorite Journey™. Learn more about joining our Community of Stewards at .


Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation
717 S. Marshall St., Suite 105B,  Winston-Salem, NC  27101
& 322 Gashes Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28803
(866) 308-2773 |