Great Smoky Mountains National Park seeks volunteers to help clear trails

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has announced several volunteer workdays in the month of April on popular trails.

Volunteers can help clear debris from trails and work to repair eroded trail sections. The park says the opportunities are ideal for people interested in learning more about the park and the trails program through hands-on service.

Workdays will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in North Carolina on April 6, 20 and 22, and in Tennessee on April 5 and 19. Registration is required.

Volunteers must be able to safely hike while carrying tools up to four miles per day and be able to perform strenuous, manual labor. After training, volunteers will safely use hand tools such as shovels, rakes, loppers and hand picks. The minimum age is 16 and those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Please contact Trails and Facilities Volunteer Coordinator Adam Monroe at 828-497-1949 or adam_monroe@nps.gov for workday details and to register. 

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