Rocky Knob Chapter, Milepost 150-200
The Rocky Knob chapter was formed in May 2007 and covers Milepost 150 – 200. The Chapter’s service area includes Rocky Mount, Stuart, Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Meadows of Dan, and Woolwine.
Area of Service: Mabry Mill, Puckett Cabin, Worley House, Rocky Knob Recreational Area and Campground, Rocky Knob Visitor Center, Rock Castle Gorge, Groundhog Mountain, On-Parkway Donation Box, Trails, Overlooks, Cemeteries, Participation at local events and festivals including FloydFest.
If you’re interested in getting involved with the Rocky Knob Chapter, please contact Jennifer_Snyder@FriendsBRP.org or RockyKnob@FriendsBRP.org or 1.800.228.PARK (7275)
The Rocky Knob Chapter’s volunteers help to preserve, promote and enhance the Blue Ridge Parkway as it winds through the Plateau District of southern Virginia. While over 10 million travelers enjoy the Parkway each year, the Parkway continues to be impacted by deeper and deeper funding and staff reductions. As this valuable historic, cultural, economic and spiritual resource is threatened, our efforts as volunteers through FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway become more important.
The chapter assists in cleaning the Rocky Knob Campground and picnic areas, Mabry Mill and Smart View areas so they are ready for seasonal visitors. Working in partnership with National Park Service staff, we adopt, maintain and restore trails, and we care for scenic overlooks within our portion of the Parkway, from milepost 150 through milepost 200. We welcome all volunteers.
The Chapter is most active on the Parkway from March to October. Volunteers usually work one or two Saturday mornings each month. Scheduled workdays are announced via email, with dates, times, locations and other details included. Snacks are often provided! Our Chapter efforts are lead by a steering committee responsible for planning and coordinating efforts behind the scenes. Additional leaders are always welcome!
Please give us your contact information, and join us on the Blue Ridge Parkway! For more information, contact the FRIENDS office at 540.772.2992
Each summer, chapter members work as volunteers at Floyd Fest and have consistently earned over $1,200 for FRIENDS. We volunteer in shifts doing diverse tasks such as serving as camp hosts in the off-site parking lot, selling tickets, checking identification, gathering trash and helping out any way we can.
PARKWAY DONATION BOX
Members maintain the Mabry Mill donation box. Visitors are invited to leave their contributions to the Blue Ridge Parkway in the donation box referred to as the “Iron Ranger.” Members collect the money monthly. FRIENDS provides the donation box funds to the Blue Ridge Parkway.
YOUTH & COMMUNITY EDUCATION
The Rocky Knob Chapter’s goal is to provide environmental education opportunities for the youth in our community. As the Chapter grows, it will collaborate with local groups to provide youth environmental education programs. The Chapter also hosts a group of college students as part of FRIENDS’ Alternative Break Program.