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Nov. 16: Dark Skies, A Presentation by John Goss

The Roanoke Valley Chapter of Friends, Blue Ridge Parkway is partnering with the Roanoke City Library on their bi-monthly speaker program! John Goss, President of ...
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Thanks For A Great 2017 FRIENDS Golf Classic!

Our rescheduled 2017 FRIENDS Annual Blue Ridge Parkway Golf Classic was held on September 20 at the beautiful Ballyhack Golf Club! Our generous corporate sponsors ...
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Plan ahead and prepareTravel and camp on durable surfacesDispose of waste properlyLeave what you findMinimize campfire impactsRespect wildlifeBe considerate of other visitors

Family Reunites at Balsley Cemetery Thanks to FRIENDS Members and Volunteers

Family Returns and Reunites at Balsley Cemetery Thanks to FRIENDS Member A couple months ago, we shared news that dedicated FRIENDS member J.R. Elliott and ...
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Through volunteerism, giving and partnerships, FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway connects people with the park we love, helping to protect and promote an irreplaceable national resource.


How Your Dollars Help


For 25 years, FRIENDS has worked with volunteers and community groups to help maintain Parkway assets. Today, volunteers work on nearly all facets of the Blue Ridge Parkway to preserve the intricate natural environment and visitor amenities for this incredible National treasure.

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Future Stewards

FRIENDS commitment to stewardship of the Parkway drives our work today and our focus on the future. The Future Stewards program educates and engages today’s youth in conservation, ecology and forest stewardship, fostering long-term commitment and volunteerism for this pristine park and its incredible natural resources.

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Saving Views

A signature program for FRIENDS, Save Parkway Views projects work to protect and enhance the views that draw millions of visitors each year. In November 2014 your donations along with funds from the VA Blue Ridge Parkway specialty license plate allowed FRIENDS to clear over 1,000 trees from 17 Parkway vistas.

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One of the primary purposes for the Blue Ridge Parkway, as a National Park unit, is to provide education which includes the understanding of the cultural heritage of the central and southern Appalachian Mountains. FRIENDS funds heritage and cultural educational events annually for the millions of visitors park-wide.

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When You Go…

Want to experience “America’s Favorite Drive”?

As millions of annual visitors know, the Blue Ridge Parkway is unique in its picturesque beauty and accessibility. The Blue Ridge Parkway is a National Parkway and an All-American Road, running 469 miles through North Carolina and Virginia. The Parkway has been one of the most visited units of the National Park System every year since 1946.

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FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway is a National Park Service Blue Ridge Parkway partner organization.