Blue Ridge Parkway officials have announced that Tracy Swartout will be joining the parkway team in late May. She is the first female superintendent of the Blue Ridge Parkway. A 21-year veteran of the National Park Service Tracy joins the team from Mount Rainier National Park where she has been serving as Deputy Superintendent since 2012.
When asked about her new assignment Tracy had this to say, “Throughout my life, the Blue Ridge Parkway has played a prominent role, with some of my most treasured memories being shaped along that winding road and in the national parks and communities beyond. The area’s landscape, arts, music and culture are deeply meaningful for me,” said Swartout. “I am honored to join the talented park team and dedicated network of community and nonprofit partners to serve in this critical leadership role. I look forward to extending these relationships as we chart the future of the Blue Ridge Parkway together.”