Cherokee National Forest Seeks Campground Hosts

Friday, March 1, 2013

The Cherokee National Forest is currently seeking Campground Hosts for several locations, including Jacob's Creek and Little Oak Campgrounds on S. Holston Lake; Backbone Rock near Damascus, VA; Cardens Bluff on Watauga Lake; Indian Boundary Campgrounds and the North River Checking Station near Tellico; and the Horse Creek Campground in the Bald Mountains.

The host season starts between mid-March and mid-April, and ends mid-October, depending on the site.

“Campground hosts add so much to a visitor’s experience because they share an interest in the outdoors, have extensive knowledge of the area and love being around people,” said Acting District Ranger Michelle Burnett. “Good hosts are the backbone of our recreation volunteer program. The Watauga Ranger District is lucky to have a number of long-term hosts volunteering year after year. We’re hoping to find some other great folks willing to help us out.”

Campground hosts often develop a real love of the area and are able to learn the ins and outs of their campground from staying in one place for a while. For those new to the region, being a host is a great way to experience northeast Tennessee while working side-by-side with Forest Service employees.

The agency provides:
* Training
* A campsite with full hook-up for their camper
* Supervision and support

General duties include:
* Firsthand visitor contact in a developed campground setting
* Serve as a U.S. Forest Service presence, overseeing and monitoring camper/campground conditions
* Clean and service restrooms and assist with campground clean-up
* Provide information regarding recreation opportunities throughout the area’s national forests.
* They also find plenty of time to fish, bird watch, read books and enjoy the beauty of the surrounding lakes, streams and forests.

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