Outdoors Briefs

Serve the Smokies

Help the Great Smoky Mountains National Park stay in shape with Smokies Service Days, a series of park-led “work-togethers” on weekends throughout the year. 

Volunteers will help park staff complete much-needed work across the park, including invasive plant removal, structural fire prevention and cemetery clean-ups. Each service day also offers optional enrichment activities with park staff to learn more about the park’s history and biodiversity. 

The project schedule for 2022 is:

  • National Public Lands Day, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 24, at Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Limited to 10 participants, ages 12 and up. 

  • Fire Prevention in Daisy Town, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 15, at Elkmont. Limited to 15 participants, ages 15 and up.

  • “The Deep Creep” costumed cleanup 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 29, at Deep Creek Picnic Area. Limited to 15 participants, all ages. 

  • Veterans Day Cemetery Cleanup, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at Whaley-Plemmons Cemetery. Limited to 25 participants, all ages. 

Registration is required, with more information about each activity provided closer to the date. Tools and safety gear will be provided, but volunteers should bring their own water and bagged lunch. To register, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and enter “Smokies Service Days” in the subject line. Include the date and activity you wish to register for, the number of people in your group and the age of each volunteer. 

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  • Why should anyone being charged additionally to use the park help the park with upkeep?

    posted by Quartermaster

    Thursday, 08/18/2022

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