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Increasingly, partnerships are essential and effective means for the National Park Service to fulfill parts of its mission and foster a shared sense of stewardship. Fortunately many nonprofit partner groups now work hand-in-hand with the Blue Ridge Parkway.

While these organizations have different missions, they share an overarching goal: to preserve and enhance the national treasure that is the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Establishment of parks is not enough, what is needed are more people who will take the time to gain a better understanding of the important issues facing our National Parks.

-Steve T. Mather, the first National Park Service Director

Learn more about how to participate in the vital work partners perform – educating, protecting and promoting the natural and cultural assets along America’s Favorite Drive.

Visit

Blue Ridge Parkway Association
Attractions | Accommodations | Trip Planning | Local Businesses

Providing interactive tools to plan your next trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway – including print maps and brochures, the Blue Ridge Parkway Directory & Travel Planner, free app: Blue Ridge Parkway – Travel Planner,  and the tools and maps on this site.

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Did you know?

The Blue Ridge Parkway Association is comprised of a membership of businesses and community organizations, has been an official Parkway Partner since 1949, and was instrumental in the completion of the Parkway’s final link at Linn Cove Viaduct. 

Enhance

Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation
Historic Preservation | Natural Resources | Education | Visitor Safety

Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation’s projects on the Parkway range from historic preservation to environmental initiatives, including supporting the Blue Ridge Music Center. Ways to help: purchase an NC specialty license plate, become a member of the Community of Stewards, or make a tax-deductible donation.

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Did you know?

Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation puts on The Denim Ball each year, a fun-filled fundraiser for the Blue Ridge Parkway, and supports programming for The Blue Ridge Music Center.

Experience

Blue Ridge National Heritage Area
Appalachian History | Traditional Arts & Crafts | Performances & Festivals

The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area promotes economic opportunity through heritage tourism, including the Blue Ridge Music Trails. Providing grants and support for an array of projects, BRNHA assists in the development of cultural and natural resources.

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Did you know?

National Heritage Areas are designated by Congress. There are designated National Heritage Areas in regions around the United States.

Preserve

Carolina Mountain Club
Hiking | Trail Maintenance | Volunteer Opportunities

Providing meet-ups for hikers and volunteer-powered trail maintenance, clearing and building, Carolina Mountain Club works with public and private partners to preserve our natural heritage.

Did you know?

Carolina Mountain Club volunteers spend countless hours each year clearing and maintaining trails along the Blue Ridge Parkway, including the Appalachian Trail and the Mountains to Sea Trail.

Protect

Conservation Trust for NC
Land Protection | Youth Conservation Corps | Hiking

Conservation Trust for NC works with landowners and local trusts to protect spectacular Parkway vistas. Join  a hike to learn about their work or support the NC Youth Conservation Corps in building more trails.

Did you know?

Working in a collaboration of five land trusts, Conservation Trust for NC’s work has protected nearly 70,000 acres along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Learn

Eastern National
Shop | Visitor Services | Passport to Your National Parks

Eastern National operates the gift stores at Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Centers, selecting the highest quality merchandise to enhance your Parkway visit. Support the Park and its programs, get your National Parks Passport stamped and multiply your memories.

Did you know?

As a longtime partner of the National Park Service, Eastern National manages stores in many National Parks, and has donated over $142 million to support the NPS educational, historical, and scientific mission.

Volunteer

FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway
Environmental Stewardship | Preservation | Education

FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway supports the National Park Service in work that needs to be done today on the Parkway, nurtures the next generation of stewards, and provides accessible information and education on conservation and natural, cultural and historic areas of the Parkway region.

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Did you know?

FRIENDS established the Virginia Parkway Tag Program to keep Blue Ridge Parkway views as spectacular as they were originally intended. Funds from the project are used to clear overgrowth from overlooks along the 469-mile corridor.

Explore

Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail
Hiking Guidebooks | Volunteer Trail Crews | Stewardship

As the primary source of information on hiking North Carolina’s state trail, volunteers with the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail also work to improve the hiking experience by maintaining the trail and building new sections.

Did you know?

When hiking along the Blue Ridge Parkway, you will find many access points with marked trail heads to sections of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.