Several volunteer work days are scheduled on trails throughout the Great Smoky Mountains National Park this month.

Workdays will be held on Wednesdays from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. on Sept. 15 and 22. In addition, a special opportunity will be held on Saturday, Sept. 25, in honor of National Public Lands Day.

These opportunities are ideal for people who enjoy hiking and hands-on work in a beautiful setting. Volunteer service will take place alongside experienced park staff and will help preserve the 848 miles of maintained trails throughout the park.

Volunteers will help repair erosion control features, cut back overgrown vegetation and perform general trail tread maintenance on sections of trail.

For the trail workdays, volunteers must be able to safely hike while carrying tools up to four miles per day and be prepared to perform strenuous, manual labor. After receiving proper training, participants will be expected to safely use hand tools such as shovels, rakes, loppers, and hand picks.

Minimum age of participants is 16. Those under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible parent or guardian.

Pre-registration is required as space will be limited. Contact Trails and Facilities Volunteer Coordinator Adam Monroe at 828-497-1949 or adam_monroe@nps.gov for workday details and to register.

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