Why it MATTERS
Survival is not guaranteed — especially for our most visited national park unit.
Winding nearly 500 miles along the crest of six Appalachian mountain ranges in North Carolina and Virginia, the Blue Ridge Parkway traverses four national forests and six major rivers. It’s one of the most extraordinary and soul-soothing travel experiences in the world. No wonder that it’s the most visited unit in the National Park system today, receiving more visitors than the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks combined.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is more than a remarkable passageway through natural grandeur. It is also a living museum of history and culture. Its sheer beauty drives the conservation effort for more than 81,000 acres of rare plants and wildlife, vibrant Appalachian traditions and historically rich cultures. But it takes hard work, ample resources and steady commitment to maintain this unforgettable mountain experience and protect it from the many pressures that threaten to degrade it.
Unlike many popular National Parks, the Blue Ridge Parkway receives no income from entrance fees, so supporting it through the Foundation is critical to preserving this national treasure. Without the support of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, many of the resources, amenities and services so often taken for granted would vanish. Recent examples include:
- New Communications Center — Opening this year, it will provide the Parkway with a modern and reliable radio telecommunications network that will enable critical support for the safety and convenience of both visitors and staff for years to come.
- Free concert series at the Blue Ridge Music Center — Presenting the traditional music of the Blue Ridge Mountains at this state-of-the-art outdoor amphitheater expands the audience and encourages the preservation of this cultural treasure.
- Remote Wildlife Cameras — New equipment featuring bear-proof cases allows the Parkway staff to assess the distribution of wildlife in remote areas and better protect the Parkway's natural resources.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is a magical gift given to us over 75 years ago. It is now our responsibility to safeguard this treasure and pass it on to future generations. Learn how you can help.
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