Celebrate National Picnic Month with a picnic for a purpose.
Many picnic areas have reopened on the Blue Ridge Parkway just in time to celebrate National Picnic Month in July! We are inviting you to put a new twist on the great tradition of summer picnics and support projects and programs on the Parkway. Through July 31, we invite you to host a Picnic for the Parkway — in-person or virtually.

It’s easy to host your own picnic with a purpose. Whether you plan a safe, face-to-face gathering at a Parkway picnic area, in your backyard, or get together via FaceTime or Zoom, you can show your commitment to the Parkway. Here’s how it works:

  • Sign up on the official Picnic for the Parkway page as an individual or team.
  • Invite your family and friends to participate in your picnic, and join you in making a donation to support the Parkway.
  • To help spread the word about the picnic, post your fundraising page and fun pictures, recipes, and favorite picnic spots on social media using the hashtag #PicnicfortheParkway.

As a picnic host or donor, you can win prizes for raising or giving certain amounts, including a picnic blanket for raising or giving $469 - one dollar for every mile of the Parkway. We hope you’ll take this opportunity to connect with others who love the Parkway, and highlight your shared support for this national treasure. 
Blue Line photo by Steve Yocom/Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition
Looking for a new Parkway adventure? Join us at 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 30, for a 30-minute Zoom webinar to explore fly fishing opportunities along the scenic route. In this edition of our webinar series, Sam Johnson, author of Fly Fishing the Blue Ridge Parkway , will join Foundation CEO Carolyn Ward to share a behind-the-scenes look at spectacular fish and fishing spots found along the Parkway in North Carolina. 

The presentation leads up to our first Blue Ridge Parkway Masters Fly Fishing Tournament with Chetola Resort on Thursday, September 24, near Boone, N.C.
Past webinars
Did you miss any of our recent online presentation? Don't worry, the recordings are available for you!

Kids in Parks opens two new TRACK Trails
Families can add two new adventures to their summer plans with the opening of the Peak to Prosperity TRACK Trail in Little Mountain, S.C., and Charles D. Owen Park TRACK Trail in Swannanoa, N.C.

The Peak to Prosperity TRACK Trail is an easy 1-mile, out-and-back hike on a former railroad foundation. Crossing two trestles, hikers can enjoy great views of the Broad River and wildlife, and explore the amazing history of this short stretch of railroad with the new activity brochure.

At Charles D. Owen Park , the TRACK Trail follows the path around the ponds and meanders along the Swannanoa River. The new trailhead sign provides four activity guides that allow young hikers to learn about the natural features found along the trail.

If your family is staying closer to home, try this fun Nature Journal Activity you can complete anywhere in the outdoors. 
Transformation in progress!
Repairs continue at The Bluffs Restaurant at Doughton Park
Thanks to your support, we’re getting closer and closer to the reopening of The Bluffs Restaurant at Doughton Park! A date is coming soon, so stay tuned for details!
As we find ourselves staying home more often, you might be buying online more, too. Did you know that a portion of your purchases can support the Blue Ridge Parkway? It’s easy to sign up, just visit smile.amazon.com . On your first visit, you'll be asked to choose a charitable organization to receive donations. Simply select the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, and every eligible purchase you make will contribute to initiatives in the park. If you already have an account, visit the "Your AmazonSmile" section under "Your Account" to designate the Foundation as your charity. Thank you for giving back. Happy shopping! 
Parkway status updates
Waterrock Knob parking area
The National Park Service is working to safely reopen areas of the Parkway. This careful process means news can change frequently. For the most up-to-date information, visit the National Park Service's Parkway pages, for:

Please check these resources before your visit to stay safe and know where to go.
Do you want to create an enduring legacy that protects the Blue Ridge Parkway for generations to come? You can do it today by including the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation in your estate plans. With a planned gift, you become a member in The Andre Michaux Society, which honors the French botanist and explorer. For more information, visit BRPFoundation.org/plannedgiving or call Jordan Calaway at (866) 308-2773, ext. 245.
As the primary fundraising partner, 501(c)(3), and a 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 . BRPFoundation.org