Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Trails Forever to Focus on Chimney Tops Trail This Year

The latest edition of the Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park Newsletter is reporting that the Chimney Tops Trail will be the primary project for the 2012 Trails Forever Crew. This trail rehabilitation project will stabilize and improve the trail conditions to protect the resources and enhance the visitor's experience.

The Chimney Tops Trail will be closed Mondays through Thursdays from April 30th through October 18th while this work is in progress. The volunteer workdays for this project will begin in May.

To support the work of the Trails Forever crew, you can donate online at any time through Friends' website. And through a matching grant from the Aslan Foundation of Knoxville, your dollars will be doubled.

Beginning on May 23rd, you can also help by joining the crew on Wednesdays throughout the year.

Volunteers will work to complete a variety of trail rehabilitation tasks. There will be a limit of the number of volunteers for each of the workdays and you must sign up in advance to volunteer. Once you sign up and secure a spot for one of the workdays, you will receive more details. To sign up, contact Christine Hoyer, Trails & Facilities Volunteer Coordinator at 828-497-1949 or christine_hoyer@nps.gov.



Jeff
HikingintheSmokys.com

4 comments:

smoky scout said...

Interesting - I am signed up for a Volunteer Vacation work week in the Smokies in September. I wonder if this is what I'll be doing? Hope so!

The Smoky Mountain Hiker said...

Did you volunteer with Trails Forever or FOTS?

smoky scout said...

It's with Trails Forever via American Hiking Society.

The Smoky Mountain Hiker said...

I did a blog on this a few weeks ago. It doesn't state where the project is located, but there is one clue:

"Day hiking, up to 2 miles to worksite"

Just so happens that the Chimney Tops Trail is 2 miles in length!

http://www.americanhiking.org/ProjectRegistrationDetail.aspx?projectId=580