Help makeover Rainbow Falls

Volunteers are needed to help rehabilitate the 6-mile Rainbow Falls Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with workdays held every Wednesday 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Trails Forever Crew, which is completing the rehabilitation, will focus its efforts on several targeted locations along the trail’s length to improve visitor safety and stabilize eroding sections of trail. Rainbow Falls is one of the park’s most popular trails and leads hikers to Mount Le Conte. The Trails Forever program is a partnership between the park and Friends of the Smokies. 

Volunteers will perform a wide range of duties, with tasks varying based on experience level. Jobs include installing drainage features, removing brush and rehabilitating trail surfaces. Volunteers must also be able to hike at least 4 miles and safely perform strenuous, difficult manual labor. Safety gear and equipment will be provided. 

RSVP is required. Sign up to help with Adam Monroe, 828.497.1949 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

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