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Grandfather Mountain Announces Volunteer Work Days

July 17, 2012. Have you ever hiked a trail and wondered how it got there or who maintains it? Well your days of wonder are over…join park rangers and help maintain and repair sections of trail in Grandfather Mountain State Park. No experience or tools are needed as the park will supply these things.

What you will need are sturdy closed-toe shoes (no flip flops or sandal style shoes are permitted), work gloves (leather preferred), comfortable work clothes, snacks and beverage (non-alcoholic). Additional items you may want include are bug spray, sunscreen, rain jacket, etc.

Work can include any of the following: digging up roots and or soil, moving small or large rocks, erosion control, building rock wall, and other tasks similar in nature. This is a fun environment to work in and a great way to give back to the area you hike in.

Volunteer days are the third Saturday of every month through October.

Saturday, July 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Location: Nuwati Trail

Saturday, August 18, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Location: Grandfather Mountain Entrance on Hwy 221 (For this workday you must be at the gate at 8:45 a.m.)

Saturday, September 15, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Location: Profile Trail

Saturday, October 20, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Location: Profile Trail

If you have questions, call the park office at 828-963-9522 or email andy.sicard@ncdenr.gov .