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Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:53

Calling volunteers for trail work at Gorges Park

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Volunteers are needed at Gorges State Park in Sapphire to help build and maintain trails, with work parties scheduled weekly on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., weather permitting.

The new state park is located on the Jackson-Transylvania county line. A master plan for Gorges is currently being developed, including a new visitor center, two picnic facilities and a maintenance complex under construction. Volunteers are needed to help build a new trail connecting two picnic shelters between Upper Bearwallow Falls and Gorges Overlook. Existing trails need volunteer hands for maintenance, too.

Volunteers should bring their own gloves. Drinking water and hand tools will be provided. Volunteers will meet at the Gorges State Park office, located at 17762 Rosman Highway (U.S. 64) in Sapphire. Participants must be at least 16 years old, in good health, and capable of performing physical labor on mountainous terrain. Pre-registration is not required.

828.966.9099.

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