How do trails get maintained? Not easily in the Smokies. Because of the network of trails, it’s more difficult for volunteers to get to the internal trails than it is on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, for example.
This is the reason for the Trails Forever program, a four million dollar program that will provide a permanent trail crew to work on big trail projects in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Two millions dollars have already been committed and there soon will be a major capital campaign by Friends of the Smokies to raise the matching funds.
In the meantime, work has been done on the Jakes Creek and Baskins Trail and continues on the Forney Ridge Trail to Andrews Bald. The picture above shows a trail crew that I met on top of Clingmans Dome, getting set to go toward Andrews Bald. The park is calling this Trails Now.
To volunteer on the Trails Forever crew or for more information,