I put this in Southeast because I got reminded from a hikers forum that is meeting at RRG AT 0900 AT THE GLADIE VISITORS CENTER.
This coming Saturday is "NATIONAL TRAILS DAY" & this would be a GREAT time to give back to the trail of your choice. SO, if you are off & want to help your area of "The Piney Woods" I say check with your club or the land management of your favorite park & go do some trail maintenance!
Sadly, & this is partly why I forgot till now, I must work this weekend so will not be able to help.
I do know that last time I was down there (May 11) they were putting in new stairs in the Auxier Ridge area (by courthouse rock & double arch). Plus some other maintenance. I'm sure there is PLENTY of work to do in EVERY area that we go to, so lend a hand if you can!
I suggest the following items if you go, some may be REQUIRED: EDIT: from their web site "The work performed by the crew is considered construction and OSHA rules apply."
Hard hat. (OSHA)
Safety glasses. (OSHA)
Water for the entire day!!!
Long Pants and sleeves (coveralls?) (I think OSHA, maybe not.)
Work or heavy duty boots (something that will stand up to a log or rock being dropped on your foot, also may be OSHA)
Lunch & extra water!
Shovel? axe? hatchet? pruners? hammer (rough carpenters & / or sledge)? Bow saw? And: I saw a few cordless drills with screwdrivers & drill bits plus a few 5 gallon buckets.
I'd ask before lugging all that stuff there, but I'm pretty sure that hard hats are required because EVERYONE had one on!
The people I saw were members of the Red River Gorge Trail Crew, they have a web site: http://rrgtc.com/
I think I may join, they do maint (except for this next big push) on the 2nd weekend of the month.
I would bet that all of "Our" other favorites have a similar group. The Grayson Highlands have the Friends of Grayson Highlands!
I wish I could join you! Maybe next year.