Trail volunteer honored

Robbinsville resident Dick Evans received the Benton MacKaye Trail Association’s highest honor at the organization’s recent 2017 Annual Meeting.

Evans was given the Distinguished Service Award for his many hours of work on trail maintenance and construction. A past BMTA president and past coordinator of maintenance for the N.C. and Smokies sections of the trail, Evans is best known for accomplishing the 21-mile trail relocation at Yellow Creek, which removed the Benton MacKaye Trail from a dangerous stretch of public highway and reopened a section of former Appalachian Trail mileage between Tapoco Lodge and Fontana Village, allowing direct access to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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