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Help maintain the Benton MacKaye Trail

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The Benton MacKaye Trail Association will remove blown-down trees along the Tennessee/North Carolina line during a maintenance trip starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, from the Coker Creek Welcome Center in Tennessee. 

The group will hike the Benton MacKaye Trail from Unicoi Gap to Sandy Gap, with volunteers asked to bring at least 2 liters of water, long pants, boots and gloves. Helmets are also required and are available for loan if requested during RSVP.

RSVP online at or contact Nelson Ashbrook at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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