The Blue Ridge Parkway offers over 100 hiking trails for all levels of hiking from a casual walk thru the forest to a strenuous hike up a section of the Appalachian Trail.
Annually storms bring down branches and entire trees, rain water and snow run off erode the trails, each fall covers the ground with leaves, each growing season new seedlings, weeds and roots invade the walking space. These trails require constant maintenance and repair.
For more than a decade, FRIENDS Adopt-a-Trail program has actively recruited, registered, trained, equipped, and celebrated the groups and organizations that take on the trails. These groups keep the trails enjoyable for Parkway visitors, letting them have safe and accessible paths to enjoy nature and the Blue Ridge Mountain views.
Found your trail? then there are a few details to take care of. You’ll need to complete and submit some forms, await approval from the National Park Service and FRIENDS, and if approved, take some training from other FRIENDS volunteers.
We’ve outlined the entire procedure for you below.