During these times, outdoor recreation has seen an influx of folks who aren’t recreating responsibly. Overcrowding in areas like Laurel Falls of the Cherokee National Forest, Dolly Sods in West Virginia, and Max Patch along the Appalachian Trail has contributed to an increase in pollution and trail erosion. Follow along as we feature local leaders for a litter-free Tennessee and ways you can help reduce your footprint on our lands.
Lamar Alexander Rocky Fork State Park sits on 2,076 acres of wilderness open to recreation like hiking and mountain biking. It is nearly equidistant between Johnson City, Tennessee, and Asheville, North Carolina. This Tennessee State Park is made possible by the Friends of Rocky Fork State Park nonprofit organization and many volunteers who work countless hours on trail maintenance and building.
Meet: Carley Lester
Carley Lester is on the Board of Directors of the Friends of Rocky Fork State Park. He is also a teacher at Daniel Boone High School. Carley has a great passion for the outdoors and has been volunteering at Lamar Alexander Rocky Fork State Park long before it was an official Tennessee State Park. We took him to the trails to learn more about his efforts and ways for YOU to get involved.
Leaders for a Litter-Free Tennessee: Carley Lester
If you are looking for an activity to get outside and off the couch while still social distancing during the pandemic, put your volunteer shoes on and head to the hills! We take pride in our beautiful mountain scenery in Northeast Tennessee and want to protect it for generations to come. We need YOU to join us and local leaders for a litter-free Tennessee!