Find your journey. Then help protect it.

January 2017 - In this Issue of The Scenic:

We're celebrating two decades of protecting
the Blue Ridge Parkway!

I t's time to celebrate the impact YOU have made on the Blue Ridge Parkway. In 1997, the Foundation was created to give you the power to protect its diverse wildlife and landscape, fascinating historic structures, rich culture, and wealth of outdoor experiences. Since then we have raised more than $12 million for these efforts and completed hundreds of projects. In our 20th year, we are taking a moment to honor the accomplishments you've made possible. There is no time like the present to look forward to an even stronger future for the Parkway. Let's take the next stretch of the journey together!   Click here for a look back and a look ahead.

A new Kids in Parks record!

Children across the country and right here on the Blue Ridge Parkway helped our Kids in Parks program set a new record in 2016! These young adventurers logged 2,800 hikes on our TRACK Trails, which introduce kids and families to outdoor activities. That equals roughly 230 adventures per month, or more than seven registrations per day!
These visits are also strengthening our partner parks, including the Parkway, because kids who learn to love the outdoors grow up to be adults who protect our parks. It's so great to see them take the first steps to build a lifelong relationship with nature.

If you have a Blue Ridge Parkway specialty license plate, be sure to register it with us for a chance to win a two-night stay on the Parkway and a gift card from Mast General Store

Music Center welcomed more concert-goers in 2016

With the help of the National Park Service, donors, sponsors, and volunteers, the Blue Ridge Music Center experienced another fantastic season in 2016. More than 40,000 patrons visited to explore the Roots of American Music exhibit, listen to Midday Mountain Music, and plan their Parkway journey at the Visitor Center. Total concert attendance was 6,894, an increase of 20 percent over the last concert season. 

Since 2013, the Foundation  has funded concert programming at the Music Center in keeping with our mission, which includes the preservation of cultural heritage on the Parkway.
Road to the Past

Visitors review an informational easel box at the Ridge Junction parking overlook, milepost 355.3 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, in 1965. For a time, these boxes dotted the route. To see more, visit  Driving Through Time: The Digital Blue Ridge Parkway and search the keyword "easel."

Mark your calendar
Join us for these great events to benefit the Parkway

April 22, 9 a.m.
Chetola Resort at Blowing Rock, N.C.
The Corkscrew 5K, in conjunction with SAVOR Blowing Rock: A Celebration of Food & Drink, blends a love for wine and running (or walking). Participants can choose to join the Wine Lover's Division and taste wines at the start, aid stations, and finish of the 3.1-mile race or go wine-free. Prizes are awarded in multiple age groups. Proceeds from this event benefit the Foundation and Girls on the Run. Sign up today!

August 4
Chetola Resort at Blowing Rock, N.C.
Join the Foundation for a fun-filled fundraising ball to support  restoration efforts at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park. Enjoy dinner, drinks, and dancing. 

Interested in donating an auction item? 
E-mail Mandy Gee for more info or download the donation form

Weather changes quickly on the Parkway, especially during the winter. Before you set out for an adventure, be sure to check the Real-time Closures Map for weather and construction closures.

You can also check weather conditions and view webcam images of key sites along the Parkway at
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 27101-5865
(866) 308-2773