National Trails Day! Celebrate in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park!

National Trails Day in Great Smoky MountainsNational Trails Day is June 4, 2016 and what better place to celebrate than the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! Sponsored by the American Hiking Society, the day is celebrated all over the country and provides an opportunity for everyone to get outside and enjoy the day in a variety of ways!

We’re taking today to celebrate one of our favorite trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Alum Cave Trail. Lauded by many to be the most scenic trail in the park, Alum Cave Trail leads to the popular Arch Rock, Alum Cave Bluffs and the iconic Mount LeConte Lodge. The trail offers a walk through an old-growth forest along with spectacular views not found on other trails in the park.

Here’s a peek at a Hike on Alum Cave Trail to Mount LeConte Lodge, you’ll want to experience for yourself!

Alum Cave Trail is undergoing restoration and is currently closed from 7:00 a.m. on Mondays through 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays each week until November 17, 2016, the anticipated completion date for the project. Alum Cave Trail is open for hikers on weekends and federal holidays. A Trails Forever crew will be repairing eroding sections of the trail including the cable/handrail system. For more information about closure visit GSMNP Alum Cave Trail Restoration Project.

National Trails Day is officially celebrated in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with the 20th Annual Appalachian Trail Work Day to be held on June 4, 2016 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Participants will perform trail maintenance on the popular Appalachian Trail. Of the 2,143 miles that make up the popular footpath, 71.4 of them traverse the highest peaks of the Great Smoky Mountains. Registration for the event is $20-$25 per person with each participant receiving a commemorative t-shirt and picnic at the end of the work day. For more information, visit the Smoky Mountain Hiking Club.

For more information on National Trails Day celebrations across the country, visit American Hiking Society

 

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