“Enjoying the Parkway views…”
is the #1 reason more people visit the Blue Ridge Parkway than any other National Park.
The Blue Ridge Parkway has many overlooks that feature grand and extensive scenic views; others are locations for informational signs about important aspects of Appalachian history, ecology and culture, and still others serve primarily as parking lots for trail access.
The Blue Ridge Parkway National Park Service (NPS) manages more than 250 such overlooks, pull-offs and parking areas along its 469-mile route.
The NPS has entrusted FRIENDS with the care of these areas, supplementing their often overstretched maintenance staff resources with our volunteers. FRIENDS has created our overlook adoption program for just this purpose. We are actively recruiting individuals and groups to adopt overlooks. We register, train, equip and celebrate those that are willing to take on these important volunteer roles! We have 67% of the overlooks adopted at present, we’re looking to adopt out 100% in !
Found your overlook? 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.