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April 2017 - In this Issue of The Scenic:
The view from Devil's Courthouse at milepost 422 on the Blue Ridge Parkway
Plan your escape!
The Blue Ridge Parkway announces its opening dates

Spring is beginning to paint these gorgeous mountains green, and it's not long before the Blue Ridge Parkway's official season begins. The official first day is May 5, when all the campgrounds and visitor centers are ready to welcome you, but some spots are already open. Find out when your favorite places open, learn about a new store at Doughton Park, and check out changes in camping fees and guidelines. Learn more! 

Did you know there are hiking trails at the Blue Ridge Music Center? The High Meadow and Fisher Peak Loop trails make for great jaunts after exploring the Roots of American Music Museum, but there is one problem. In 2014, the bridge over Chestnut Creek along the trails was washed out by heavy rains, making the paths difficult to access. With your support, park staff will install a new bridge to let visitors cross the creek safely and protect the habitat along the stream. Your gift goes twice as far on this project. A private donor has agreed to match donations dollar for dollar up to $12,500. Let's build the bridge!

Favorite Spaces

Photograph by Adam Roades
"Hiking Black Balsam Knob when the crowds are down is a startling experience. The views are unobstructed and far-reaching. Wind sweeps across the grassy peaks. And if the clouds cooperate, you are treated to the magic of light playing across the expanse of the Blue Ridge." 
- Adam Roades

Where are your favorite places on the Parkway? Tell us
Flat Top Manor Roof

Textile magnate Moses H. Cone would never have allowed a leaky roof to go unattended at his beloved Flat Top Manor. Now it won't. Work will begin on Monday, April 10, to replace the flat roof on the home  thanks to your support

The flat roof is failing and has resulted in water damage to the porch ceiling, columns, and interior of the manor. The process includes removing the existing roofing system, constructing and replacing the damaged gutter system, and installing new balustrades. Read more on our blog

As the Foundation celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, we're taking a look back at the projects you've made possible.  Scheduling outdoor events can be tricky, entirely dependent on Mother Nature to keep us dry or soak us. In 2009, the Foundation, along with other local partners, completed the Linville Falls Education Shelter Pavilion at milepost 316. Today, rain or shine, park rangers engage schoolchildren in memorable programs at this shelter, enriching their Parkway experience.  Learn more about our history

Are you planning to travel all 469 miles of the Parkway from Shenandoah National Park to Great Smoky Mountains National Park? When you've complete the route, be sure to join our End-to-Enders Club to receive a certificate and decal for your vehicle to commemorate your journey. Join the Club

Road to the Past

Campers enjoy a beautiful day at Doughton Park in this photo from the1950s. Last year, lots of happy campers slept under the stars at one of the eight campgrounds on the Parkway. Camping stays were up 25 percent over the previous year. 
Plan your camping trip

Visit  Driving Through Time: The Digital Blue Ridge Parkway for historic images, maps, and more.

The Steel Wheels
The Steel Wheels open the Roots of American Music series

This year, the Blue Ridge Music Center's summer concert lineup is taking a step into the future with breakout performers who are carrying forward the living musical heritage of the mountains in new and exciting directions. The season kicks off with The Steel Wheels on May 27, and continues with the Steep Canyon Rangers, Bill and the Belles, Amythyst Kiah, Mipso, The Snyder Family Band, The Wildman Family Band, The Dan River Girls, Five Mile Mountain Road, and many more. The Foundation proudly  supports programming at the Music Center to preserve the  cultural and musical heritage of the Blue Ridge Mountains . The venue is located at milepost 213, 10 miles from Galax, Virginia.  See the full season schedule

Order your North Carolina specialty license tag and help the Parkway.  For each attractive Blue Ridge Parkway license plate sold, $20 funds important projects on the scenic route. 
Get yours today!

Mark your calendar
Join us for these fun events to support the Blue Ridge Parkway

High Pass Boogie
May 12-13
Asheville, N.C.
Join members of the Asheville BMW Riders Club for the fourth annual High Pass Boogie. Riders can choose a paved mountain by-way or a dual sport route in the mountains. Participation in the Saturday ride includes an invitation to a Friday night mixer and silent auction, commemorative T-shirt, and continental breakfast. All riders and brands of motorcycles are welcome to participate. Registration is $89 for a single rider and $50 for an additional rider. Proceeds from this year's event will help rehab Craggy Flats Bald Trail near Asheville. Register

August 4
Blowing Rock, N.C.
Join the Foundation for a fun-filled fundraising event at Chetola Resort of Blowing Rock to support restoration efforts at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park. Enjoy dinner, a silent auction, and dancing to the music of the Lucky Strikes Orchestra while supporting this beautiful estate listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tickets are $100 and are on sale now. Learn More

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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