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?
There are at least 30 different species of salamanders in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This gives the Smokies the distinction of having the most diverse salamander population anywhere in the world and has earned the park the nickname “Salamander Capital of the World.”