- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 11, 2020

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) - The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is recruiting volunteers to adopt a trail, according to a news release from the park.

Trail volunteers are asked to hike at least one designated trail four times each year and submit a report on conditions. With 848 miles of maintained trails, the information volunteers provide is critical to helping trail maintenance staff prioritize work, according to the release. The cooperation helps ensure that trails remain accessible to visitors.

Volunteers should be comfortable hiking in the backcountry and enjoy interaction with visitors, according to the release. A 3-hour training session is required. Information on adopting a trail and other volunteer opportunities is available at the Friends of the Smokies website under the “volunteer” tab.

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