This April's scheduled AT maintenance outing will be a bit different from recent years. The National Park Service has scheduled the annual chainsaw window for blow-down removal to occur between April 15 – May 15. This means that on April 2 we will get out on our AT sections from about Icewater Spring to Double Spring Gap to remove limbs and smaller trees amenable to cutting with hand tools. If the ground is not frozen, this will be an opportunity to clear out the water drains along the trail for the first time of the season. We will poll our AT Section Leaders in the area to arrange for dispersing our volunteers to cover different areas in the company of the Section Leaders. If you are a new volunteer, this would be an excellent opportunity to go out with an experienced maintainer and get a sense of what we do!
Meet in the Sugarlands Visitor Center parking area at 8am to form teams before heading up to Newfound Gap and beyond. Advance registration puts your name on a list so that we can make plans to connect volunteers with Section Leaders on this outing.
Pre-registration is required. Masks are now required for all those participating in carpools, shuttles or key swaps, regardless of vaccination status. You may also choose to drive your own vehicle to the trailhead.
Leader: Dick Ketelle
Leader contact information is included under Additional Information in the email you receive after registration.
Smoky Mountains Hiking Club
PO Box 51592
Knoxville, TN 37950-1592