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Wednesday, 29 May 2013 13:30

Great Smokies celebrates National Trails Day

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out traildaysThe Great Smoky Mountains National Park will celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday, June 1, with a volunteer workday on the Appalachian Trail.

Volunteers will be assisting in tasks such as the cleaning and replacing water bars, rehabilitating steps and turnpikes, and helping to main trail tread on sections of the trail.

The workday concludes with a barbecue picnic at Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area for all registrants. Registration and a $25 fee are required for the event. The fee goes to sponsor trail projects in the Smokies. Friends of the Smokies, Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the Smoky Mountain Hiking Club are also sponsoring the event.

www.friendsofthesmokies.org or 865.932.4794.

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