One Last Push


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR HISTORIC TRAIL WORKDAYS Folks who have been asking about opportunities to make Lake James State Park even better than it already is should mark March 9 and 23 on their calendar.

Starting at 9 a.m., park staff and volunteers will conduct a workday on the newest section of the Overmountain Victory Trail that runs through the Paddy’s Creek Area. Once completed and deemed ready for hikers, the 1-mile section will connect to an already existing stretch of the OVT at Lake James State Park, creating two full miles of hiking through some of the prettiest areas along Paddy’s Creek.

The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, established by Congress in 1980, commemorates the campaign during the American Revolution that led to the Battle of Kings Mountain in 1780. Currently, more than 50 miles over the trail’s course through Tennessee, North and South Carolina have been developed for public use.

The work crew will meet at the Paddy’s Creek Loop trailhead and stay on the job until noon. Volunteers can help out for any amount of time during the day and are encouraged to bring work gloves, water and snacks or a lunch.

If you plan to help, please let park staff know you’re coming by calling the park office at 828-584-7728.