Project Description: Volunteers will build boardwalks, repair tread, and build waterbars on a very heavily used trail leading to the Twin Arches, the most impressive rock arches in the eastern United States. The site is closed to vehicle access and should provide an exciting outdoor experience for all involved. There will be strong support from park staff to educate and instruct volunteers throughout the trail work experience.
Hosting Organization: National Park Service
Day Hiking or Backpacking: Day Hiking Up 1 Mile Per Day
Work Level: Moderate
Minimum Age: 16
Area and Attractions: Located in a rugged gorge area of the Cumberland Plateau, the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River and its main tributaries attract fishermen, swimmers, and paddlers. The park offers almost 400 miles of hiking and multi-use trails. The area is home to several arches, beautiful overlooks, wildflowers, and geological wonders. Twin Arches were formed by headward erosion along a narrow ridge. The arches are considered to be the largest arches in the Big South Fork and possibly in the Eastern United States.
Accommodations: Car-Camping Tent Sites
Accommodations Description: Volunteers will be staying in car camping tent sites at Bandy Creek Campground. A large tent will be set up for the cooking area, while porta-johns, and picnic tables are provided. Showers may be available during the week. All heavier equipment will be transportated to the campsite. Stove, pots and pans will also be provided for the team. Volunteers should bring their own tent, sleeping bag, pad, eating utensils/bowl, and personal items including water filtration system.
Climate Information: Expect warm, humid days, and warm evenings. During the summer there can be an occasional thunderstorm, which bring high winds, hail and lightening.
Travel Information: Airport pickup provided from McGhee Tyson Airport.
Maximum # of Volunteers: 15