Spring Road Status
During spring, park roads may close due to ice, especially at high elevation where wet roads can freeze as temperatures drop at night. For road status information call (865) 436-1200 ext. 631 or follow updates at http://twitter.com/SmokiesRoadsNPS. More »
Adopt a Trail Program
This program is a great way to enjoy the park trails while at the same time helping to keep them open, safe and in good condition!
Interested in becoming an Adopt a Trail Volunteer? Here is what you should know:
Download a VIP Application. Return completed VIP applications to the park's Volunteer Coordinator at 107 Park Headquarters Drive, Gatlinburg, TN 37738.
Your family can assist the park by selecting your favorite trail and taking care of it at least five times a year.
Adopting a trail requires monitoring the trail and keeping it in good shape by picking up litter, removing small branches from the trail path, and reporting larger maintenance needs to park staff. There are several short nature trails and family-friendly trails in the park that need this type of care.
The definition of family is broad. It can be a parent with children, a grandparent with grandchildren, two or more siblings, or any other combination of people who are members of a family.
When your family has performed five maintenance trips you will receive a certificate to take to a visitor center to receive a lapel pin from the park.
To volunteer for the Adopt a Trail - For Families program please contact the Trails and Facilities Volunteer Coordinator or call (828) 497-1949.This project was made possible in part by a grant from the National Park Foundation through the generous support of the Coca-Cola Foundation and the Great Smoky Mountains Association.
Did You Know?
Money to buy the land that became Great Smoky Mountains National Park was raised by individuals, private groups, and even school children who pledged their pennies. In addition, the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Fund donated $5 million to create the park. More...