- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 26, 2015

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) - The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is celebrating National Trails Day next week with a work day event to maintain the park’s trail system.

The park said in a news release it is working with the Friends of the Smokies, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Regional Office and the Smoky Mountain Hiking Club for the event on June 6.

Volunteers will help with projects ranging from cleaning and replacing water bars and rehabilitating steps and turnpikes to improving trail tread on sections of the Appalachian Trail.

A picnic will be held at the end of the day at Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area for those who register, and they will also receive a commemorative T-shirt. The registration fee supports trail projects in the Smokies.

For more information, visit https://friendsofthesmokies.org/event/national-trails-day/ or contact Phyllis Henry at (865) 577-2604

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