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WATeR and TVA are celebrating National Trails Day

Saturday, June 29

9:00am-10:00am: Depot

10:00am-11:30am: Hike

Greenback Depot

6736 Morganton Road

Greenback, TN 37742

Come join us as we celebrate National Trails Day at the historic Greenback Depot. This year our focus is learning about our East Lakeshore Trail, including an introduction to our trail system, trail building and maintenance, and ways you can help.

We will also be having a special speaker, Richard Haris, author of Great Hikes and Backpack Trips near Tellico Plains, TN. Richard, a Boy Scout scoutmaster and retired pediatric hematologist, is also the former Tennessee-North Carolina Maintenance Director for the Benton MacKaye Trail Association and is responsible for organizing the trail maintenance work trips for about 100 miles of trail through TN and NC. 

Our event will start at the Greenback Depot, where we will also have refreshments and handouts. After which we will take a short commute to the trail for a WATeR guided hike on our beautiful Coytee and Sinking Creek Branches of the ELT, weather permitting.

Our hike will be approximately 2 miles in length and will start at the Coytee Trailhead area. We will also provide information for identifying many of the trees that TVA has recently planted along the Coytee parking lot, including a quiz (with answers) to help you apply what you have learned.

National Trails Day is an annual public event organized by the American Hiking Society with the goal of connecting more people to trails and public lands. Trails are also an important part of our community which can have a positive impact on our mental and physical health. So please join us and other trail enthusiasts to help support our trails. 

Thanks to our partnership with TVA for making this event possible.

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