Opportunities include recording observations on popular hiking trails, monitoring parking availability and monitoring traffic flow patterns at busy locations. Volunteers may choose the opportunities that best align with their interests and preferred locations.
Park managers will use the data to better understand visitor use patterns and resource conditions at sites such as Clingmans Dome, Deep Creek, Big Creek, Cades Cove, Laurel Falls Trail, Alum Cave Trail, Rainbow Falls Trail and Trillium Gap Trail. Park visitation has increased by more than 30 percent over the last decade, resulting in crowding, safety issues and resource damage. The data will help managers develop recommendations for addressing these challenges.