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

    Great Smoky Mountains

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Trails and Backcountry Volunteer Opportunities

Adopted Trail in the Park

Adopted Trail in the Park.

Adopt-a-Trail Program
There are 848 miles of trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park! The Adopt-a-Trail program allows volunteers to adopt a trail, hike it throughout the year and report on its condition.

Adopted Campsite along Deep Creek Trail

Adopted Campsite in Deep Creek.

Adopt-a-Campsite Program
With 89 backcountry campsites and a significant amount of backcountry users, the campsites at Great Smoky Mountains National Park need to be maintained. The Adopt-a-Campsite program allows individuals and groups to adopt particular sites to inspect, maintain and clean up throughout the year.

UVA volunteer moves big rock

Volunteer moves a big rock.

Trails Forever Program
Many of the trails in Great Smoky Mountains are in need of rehabilitation. This program, a partnership between the park and the Friends of the Smokies, gives volunteers the opportunity to get involved in trail construction projects along-side National Park Service trail crew staff.

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Volunteers working on during National Park Week.

Special Volunteer Events
Special volunteer events are held throughout the park to celebrate things like National Park Week, National Trails Day, and National Public Lands Day!

Did You Know?

Fontana Lake is formed by Fontana Dam.

At 480 feet, Fontana Dam, located on the southwestern boundary of the park, is the tallest concrete dam east of the Rocky Mountains. The dam impounds the Little Tennessee River forming Fontana Lake and produces hydroelectric power. More...