Q: Can I still use the trails?
Yes. All hiking and equestrian trails are open and available every day of the week. Any limitations or temporary closures are clearly posted near the parking area.
Q: I have a reservation for camping/program/overnight stay/special event. Will I have to cancel?
No. All reservations are unaffected and future reservations will continue to be taken.
Q: Can I still go camping at the Blue Ridge Center?
Yes. Campgrounds are available for use. Please contact us at email@example.com or 540-668-7640 to make a reservation.
Q: Is the Demory-Wortman House still available for rentals?
Yes. The Demory-Wortman House is the perfect location for a rustic retreat in the countryside. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-668-7640 to make a reservation.
Q: What will happen to Mountain View Farm?
Organic farming activities at the Mountain View Farm will continue as before.
Q: Will there still be programs and events at the Blue Ridge Center?
Yes. Please check our calendar for the latest scheduled events.
Q: Does this change mean I can use the trails for bicycling, horseback riding, or ATV riding?
Due to the fragile ecological nature of the Blue Ridge Center property and conservation restrictions, our current trail use policies continue to apply. Bicycling and motorized vehicles are prohibited at all times on all 900 acres. Horseback riding is limited to members of US Trail Ride, Inc. (USTR); please see ustrailride.org for additional information.
Q: Will I have to pay a fee to access the Blue Ridge Center?
No. The Blue Ridge Center will continue to be free and open to the public every day of the year. We still rely on your financial donations and volunteer time donations to maintain the trails, cultural resources, education facilities and ecosystem. Please join our Friends program today.
Q: Does the Blue Ridge Center still need any financial and volunteer donations?
Yes. To keep the trails open and the resources protected, we continue to need your financial donations and volunteer time. The State of Virginia will not be paying for the operations and programs of the Blue Ridge Center in the foreseeable future.
Q: Does the land the Blue Ridge Center manages now belong to the state of Virginia?
No. None of the land the Blue Ridge Center manages has yet been transferred to the State of Virginia. As of January 8th, the state has entered into an agreement with the owner of 600 acres of the land preserve (the Old Dominion Land Conservancy) with the intention of creating a state park. Additional work must be done by all parties before any final land transfer takes place.
Q: Assuming the land agreement is made, will all the land the Blue Ridge Center manages belong to the state of Virginia?
No. The 600 acres being donated to the state are the western section of the Blue Ridge Center, consisting largely of hiking trails and protected forest. The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation noted that it will be several years before the property is developed as a state park. With post-election transitions in the state government, we expect it will take many months to finalize the land donation, let alone begin developing a state park master plan. These lands continue under management by the Blue Ridge Center with no changes expected anytime soon in recreation access and use, wildlife management and conservation, and agriculture and environmental education programs.
The 283 acres at the eastern end of the property will remain entirely under the management of the Blue Ridge Center. This area includes the Education Center, the historic Demory-Wortman House, the organic Mountain View Farm, the Demory Field camping area, numerous historical structures along the Farmstead Loop trail, and the trailhead parking lot.
Q: What is the name of the state park? When will the state park open?
Since the process is in the formative stages, no name has been proposed for the future state park. There is a formal park planning process the state must follow for any state park.
Q: I read that there are plans for the state park to be 1,500 acres. Is that true?
The current plan is to establish a new state park with the 600 acres donated by the Old Dominion Land Conservancy that it received from Leggett Foundation. Any expansion of the park would depend upon acquiring additional land in the vicinity of the Blue Ridge Center. We’ll keep you posted as more information becomes available.
Q: What is the Blue Ridge Center going to do now?
The Blue Ridge Center is still responsible for managing all 900 acres of the land preserve. In order to keep the land open to the public during this transition phase, we still need your donations as there is no financial support from the state of Virginia. We will soon begin discussions with the state to address ongoing BRCES programs and policies.