Those who love the Blue Ridge Parkway have more time to protect its recreational spaces through the Trails & Views Forever challenge.
In late 2019, an anonymous donor offered a challenge grant of $300,000 to kick off the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation’s initiative to repair trails, picnic areas, campgrounds and overlooks. Recognizing that donations have slowed during the COVID-19 crisis, the donor is extending the deadline to Sept. 30 to meet this all-or-nothing challenge.
Trails & Views Forever is a new initiative to restore the Parkway’s recreational assets, which are deteriorating due to insufficient funding for maintenance and improvements.
Working with the National Park Service, the Foundation is developing a comprehensive plan all along the 469-mile motor road.
The Trails & Views Forever initiative will:
• Upgrade many of the 369 miles of trails along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
• Clear overlooks to restore iconic views.
• Rehabilitate picnic areas and campgrounds as well as the accompanying restrooms.
• Enhance educational resources, including informational panels and signs at overlooks and along trails.
• Engage volunteers and youth conservation crews to complete work in the field.
Donors who give $1,000 or more will receive a limited edition patch, and their names will be included on acknowledgment signs at key locations along the Parkway. Gifts can be made at TrailsandViews.org.