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Wednesday, 22 April 2015 00:00

News for hikers

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Keep Smokies’ trails going 

Trail-loving volunteers are wanted to join the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s Adopt-a-Trail and Trails Forever programs. 

Adopt-a-Trail volunteers help maintain the park’s 800 miles of trail and are expected to patrol their section at least four times per season. Duties include removing litter, cleaning out drainage systems, removing brush, maintaining trail tread and removing illegal fire rings. 

Trails Forever volunteers — both skilled an non-skilled — work alongside National Park Service crews on a wide range of projects, with the park providing all necessary tools and gear. Work days are held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through October, starting May 20.

Alan Chapman, 828.497.1949 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  


Hike to explore Palmer’s Creek

A 9.5-mile hike through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Saturday, April 25, will follow Palmer Creek’s route through the Cataloochee area, taking in an elevation change of 1,200 feet.

The hike, organized by the Nantahala Hiking Club, is open to visitors but not dogs. Keith Patton, 828.456.8895. 

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