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Enjoying the Blue Ridge Parkway’s views is the #1 reason why millions of people visit the Blue Ridge Parkway every year. The Parkway contains 269 overlooks that feature scenic views as well as informative signs detailing important aspects of Appalachian history, ecology, and culture. With this many overlooks along its 469-mile stretch, the Parkway and its overstretched maintenance staff struggle to care for them.

FRIENDS volunteers help maintain the overlooks through a cooperative endeavor with the National Park Service. Its purpose includes (1) decreasing the backlog of overlook maintenance needs, (2) improving the function and appearance of overlooks for visitor enjoyment, (3) releasing National Park Service maintenance employees to accomplish other tasks requiring higher skills, (4) developing community partnerships which instill a sense of pride in public ownership of the Parkway.

FRIENDS volunteers donate their time and energy to remove invasive vegetation, keep the overlooks clean, and report any unusual activity at the overlooks to the National Park Service.

For more information about the Adopt-an-Overlook program, including how to apply and a list of available overlooks, visit: Adopt-an-Overlook