Great Smoky Mountains National Park is seeking volunteers to assist rangers during the increased fall visitation period in Cataloochee Valley, N.C. from mid-September until October 31st. Volunteers will work as a part of a bike patrol program within the Valley and will assist the park by providing traffic control, and visitor information and other assistance as needed.
Cataloochee Valley is a remote mountain valley on the eastern edge of the Park where remnants of early settlements are preserved. It is surrounded by picturesque mountains and natural beauty, and is a popular destination during the fall season due to the beautiful array of tree color and ability to view elk in rut. The increased vehicle traffic to this area makes bike travel an ideal way for park volunteers to assist visitors during this time.
The bike patrol volunteers will rove along the floor of the Valley which is mostly flat with very little change in elevation. The surface of the road is a mix of chip-and-seal and dirt sections. Volunteers will be required to bring their own bicycle and protective riding gear. Interested individuals need to have a reasonable level of fitness and riding experience, and may be offered an opportunity to be trained in CPR/First Aid.
Rovers are needed during the hours of highest visitation on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays for 4 hour shifts. Typical hours will be from 4:00 pm until just before dark.
If you're interested in volunteering or would like more information about the program, please contact Park Ranger Pete Walker, at (828) 506-1739.