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

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Trails Volunteer Program Special Events

Volunteers from the University of Colorado on Low Gap Trail.
 

National Trails Day - Saturday, June 4, 2011
National Trails Day is a nationwide event designed to inspire the public and trail enthusiasts to discover, learn about, or work to improve their favorite trails.

To celebrate National Trails Day in Great Smoky Mountains there will be volunteer trail projects going on in the park.

Project plan is under development - Check back for more details!

National Public Lands Day - Saturday, September 24, 2011
National Public Lands Day is one of the largest hands-on volunteer efforts to improve and enhance America's public lands.

On September 24, in honor of National Public Lands Day, there will be volunteer trail projects being worked on in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Project plan is under development - Check back for more details!

You must RSVP to attend either of these events.

To RSVP to participate in one of the special events or for more details please contact Christine Hoyer, Trails & Facilities Volunteer Coordinator, at 828-497-1949.

Did You Know?

President Roosevelt at the park's Rockefeller Memorial.

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...