FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway works with other like-minded organizations to further our mission on the Parkway. Our Parkway partners are other Blue Ridge Parkway specific organizations, related environmental / conservation focused organizations, and organizations focused on saving rural landscapes through efforts like assisting land owners with information on conservation easements and working with developers to create more sustainable and environmentally friendly developments.
Blue Ridge Parkway Organizations
Founded more than 60 years ago, the Blue Ridge Parkway Association (BRPA) is the officially designated marketing partner of the Blue Ridge Parkway. BRPA is a non-profit organization comprised of businesses and organizations that serve visitors to the Blue Ridge Parkway and along the scenic corridor of the Shenandoah National Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Great Smokey Mountains National Park in the tri-state region of Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee. Membership in the BRPA is not tax-deductible. For information about membership and the Association, write to Blue Ridge Parkway Association, P.O. Box 2136 Asheville, NC 28802-2136, call (828) 670-1924 or visit their website.
Founded in 1997, this non-profit foundation is the primary fundraising organization for the Parkway. It solicits donations and bequests from individuals, as well as grants and corporate support for a broad range of programs and activities that provide lasting benefits to the Parkway and its visitors. Contributions to the Foundation are tax-deductible. For information about Foundation activities, including its estate giving program, write to Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, P.O. Box 10427 Salem Station, Winston-Salem, NC 27108, call (336) 721-0260 or visit their website.
Outdoors, Environmental and Conservation Organizations
The mission of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership is to protect, preserve, interpret, and develop the unique natural, historical, and cultural resources of Western North Carolina for the benefit of present and future generations, and in so doing to sustain our heritage and stimulate improved economic opportunity in our region. Donations to the Partnership support heritage preservation in the NC mountains and foothills and are tax-deductible. For information about Partnership activities, write to Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, 195 Hemphill Knob Road Asheville NC 28803, call Angie Chandler, Executive Director (828) 298-5339, ext. 307 or visit their website.
The Carolina Mountain Club, now 90 years old, is the oldest hiking and trail maintenance club in western North Carolina. The organization fosters the enjoyment of the mountains of western North Carolina and adjoining regions. For information about Foundation activities, including its estate giving program, write to Carolina Mountain Club, P.O. Box 68, Asheville, NC 28802, call (336) 721-0260 or visit their website.
Eastern National, formerly known as the Eastern National Park and Monument Association, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit cooperating association for over 150 national parks and the organization also partners with many other public trusts including the U.S. Forest Service, Army Corps of Engineers, and state and city park systems. It promotes the public’s understanding and support of America’s national parks and other public trust partners by providing quality educational experiences, products, and services to the visitors to America’s national parks and other public trusts. Membership in the organization is tax-deductible. For information, write to Eastern National, 470 Maryland Drive, Suite 1, Fort Washington, PA 19034, call (215) 283-6900 or visit their website.
Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail’s mission is to bring together communities and volunteers to build the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, a simple footpath connecting North Carolina’s natural treasures for the enjoyment and education of people. For more information about organization, write to Friends of the Mountains to Sea Trail, PO Box 10431 Raleigh, NC 27605, call (919) 698-9024 or visit their website.
The North Carolina High Peaks Trail Association, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization incorporated as a North Carolina nonprofit corporation. Their purpose is to advance the public’s awareness, education, understanding and appreciation of nature, wildlife and the natural environment by engaging in outdoor recreational activiites including walking, hiking, bicycling and water sports in the North and South Toe River basins, Ivy Creek and the North Carolina portion of the Nolichucky River in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Membership and donations to the Association are tax-deductible. For more information, you may write to the Association at P.O. Box 24 Burnsville, North Carolina 28714, e-mail email@example.com, or visit their website.
The Roanoke Regional Partnership initially created Roanoke Outside to showcase why the Roanoke, Virginia region is one of the best outdoor communities in the United States. In 2013, with the support of the Partnership, Roanoke Outside was officially formed as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Its mission is to make outdoor activity and environmental stewardship a core component of the Roanoke community’s lifestyle by promoting a “conservation through recreation” philosophy. For information, write to the Roanoke Regional Partnership, 111 Franklin Plaza, Suite 333 Roanoke, VA 24011, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, call (540) 343-1550 or visit their website.
Historical and Preservation Organizations
The Overmountain Victory Trail Association‘s mission is to preserve, protect and interpret the route to the Battle of Kings Mountain.
Land Conservancy Organizations
The Blue Ridge Land Conservancy is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the conservation of western Virginia’s natural resources — farms, forests, waterways and rural landscapes. Donations to the Conservancy are tax-deductible. For information on conservation easements, estate planning to preserve critical rural landscapes, land use planning that emphasizes preservation of rural landscape, land development practices that reduce environmental impact and create sustainable communities, or on best management practices for forestry and agriculture write to the Conservancy at 722 First St. SW, Suite L Roanoke, VA 24016-4120, call (919) 828-4199, or visit their website.
CTNC, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, is a land trust that focuses their direct protection efforts on the mountain streams, forests, and scenic views along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Working with landowners who want to conserve the land they love, they’ve protected over 30,000 acres (roughly 30,000 football fields) in 40 different locations along the Parkway. Membership/donations to the Conservancy are tax-deductible. For information, write to Conservation Trust for North Carolina, 1028 Washington Street, Raleigh, NC 27605, call (919) 828-4199 or visit their website.