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Mountain Farm Museum Spruce Up

Thursday, September 14, 2017


Volunteers are needed for this year's Mountain Farm Museum Spruce Up Day to precede the annual Mountain Life Festival on Saturday, September 16.

The spruce up day is being held in conjunction with Great Smoky Mountains Association's annual Members Weekend, which is set for September 15-17 in Townsend. Click HERE for more information about how you can attend that event.

The Mountain Life Festival is held each September to celebrate the fall harvest at the Mountain Farm Museum, which comes alive with history.

Demonstrators provide visitors with a glimpse into the past as they make soap, apple cider, sorghum molasses, hominy, music and more.





Rainbow Falls Trail Rehabilitation Volunteers Needed

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is recruiting for volunteers to assist the Trails Forever trail crew for a rehabilitation project on the Rainbow Falls Trail. Volunteers are needed every Wednesday from approximately 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Volunteers must register at least one week in advance by contacting Trails and Facilities Volunteer Coordinator Adam Monroe by email or phone.

The Trails Forever crew will focus rehabilitation efforts on several targeted locations along the 6-mile trail to improve visitor safety and stabilize eroding trail sections. Rainbow Falls Trail is one of the most popular trails in the park leading hikers to Rainbow Falls and Mt. Le Conte. The work will improve overall trail safety and protect natural resources by reducing trail braiding and improving drainage to prevent further erosion.

"This work will be a long-term solution to the various safety and route finding issues found along this section of the Rainbow Falls Trail and will allow visitors to enjoy the trail and the scenic areas surrounding it safely for years to come,” said Tobias Miller, Trails and Roads Facility Manager. “This project would not be possible without the generous support from our park partner, Friends of the Smokies, who provide funding for the project through the trails forever endowment program."

The Trails Forever program is a partnership between the national park and Friends of the Smokies. To sign up for a work day or for more information, contact Adam Monroe at 828-497-1949 or by email. Prior notice of your attendance is mandatory for project planning. More information and Frequently Asked Questions can be found HERE.

Visitor Center Volunteers

If you know your way around the park and enjoy helping others find the best hiking, camping, waterfalls, etc. the Smokies have to offer, then the Gatlinburg Welcome Center on the Spur between Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg needs YOU! We are looking for volunteers to help visitors find their way around. If you have a couple of hours a day to help, please email store manager Judy Bowman to talk about a schedule that will best meet your needs.

Gatlinburg Welcome Center is getting a facelift. When it opens for business again in early spring, GSMA will need volunteers who enjoy helping visitors plan their trip into the national park. If you know your way around and have a couple of hours a day to spare, please email store manager Judy Bowman for more information about scheduling your volunteer hours.


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