Great Smoky Mountains National Park and “Friends of the Smokies” Unite to Rehabilitate Trails
Create an endowment that helps fund much-needed rehabilitation on the high use trails in the park.
Presenters: Tobias Miller, Supervisory Facility Operations, National Park Service; Eric Wood, Assistant Trail Crew Leader, Great Smokey Mountains National Park; John Shapiro, Trail Crew Leader, Great Smokey Mountains National Park
Great Smoky Mountains National Park has partnered with their friends group, “Friends of the Smokies,” to create an endowment that helps fund much-needed rehabilitation on the high use trails in the park. The presentation will discuss the technical nature of the work and how it was accomplished. The program “Trails Forever” just finished its second large-scale project of a full rehabilitation of the Chimney Tops Trail. The work has been accomplished through the efforts of a professional National Park Service trail crew, leading both youth corps (Student Conservation Association and American Conservation Experience), as well as many group and individual volunteers.
Westchester County New York and Friends of Westchester County Parks, in collaboration with Westchester County Parks, announce collaboration with Smart Outdoor to enhance 34.6-mile running trail.
American Trails will now be hosting the International Trails Symposium in February of 2022. By moving to this later date we are able to maintain an in-person symposium for those who can travel to Reno.
This survey aims to quantify the capacity of the trails community to build, maintain, and develop trails now, and to provide input to GAOA and LWCF funding.
A trail need not be over 100 miles in length to become a travel destination. Plenty of people desire shorter trail experiences and are willing to design a trip around them just the same.