• Approximately 1,500 black bears live in the national park.

    Great Smoky Mountains

    National Park NC,TN

Adopt a Campsite Program

This program is a great way to enjoy the park's backcountry while helping to maintain a campsite!

Interested in becoming an Adopt a Campsite Volunteer? Here is what you should know:

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park provides volunteers with training in campsite maintenance and inspection, Leave No Trace, and tool safety.
  • Campsite maintenance includes: cleaning out fire rings, inspecting bear cable systems, removing litter, and dismantling primitive benches or tables.
  • The park provides volunteers with access to the tools needed to complete the work.
  • To participate in the program, volunteers must complete a VIP application and attend a one-day Adopt a Campsite orientation training session.
  • If you wish to remain in the program for more than a year you must attend an annual safety meeting.
  • Volunteers are expected hike out to their campsite at least 5 times a year for at least one year and submit a report after each trip.
  • Volunteers must be 18 years old or work with a consenting adult at all times.

    Download a VIP Application. Return completed VIP Applications the Volunteer Coordinator at 107 Park Headquarters Drive, Gatlinburg, TN 37738.

    For more information about the Adopt a Campsite program contact the Trails & Facilities Volunteer Coordinator at 828-497-1949.

 
Backcountry Campsite in Cataloochee area.

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