John Oliver Cabin

Friends of the Smokies is raising funds to make the John Oliver Trail to the Oliver Cabin in Cades Cove accessible to visitors with disabilities.

Friends of the Smokies is participating in Giving Tuesday by highlighting a project in Blount County to give the National Park Service resources to make the John Oliver Trail in Cades Cove accessible to visitors with disabilities.

“We’ve worked really hard over the last decade to make sure our campgrounds and picnic grounds are accessible to people of all abilities,” Great Smoky Mountains National Park Superintendent Cassius Cash said in a news release Monday. “I’ve pushed our staff to look for even more opportunities to make park experiences fully accessible, and I’m excited to see this project coming to fruition.”

Anyone wishing to support this Giving Tuesday project can donate online at friendsofthesmokies.org, on Facebook @smok iesfriends or by mailing a check to: Friends of the Smokies, P.O. Box 1660, Kodak, TN 37764.

Once this Giving Tuesday project for the John Oliver Trail to the Oliver Cabin is funded, donations will be used for the restoration and maintenance of other historic structures throughout the park.

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving, powered by social media on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

Friends of the Smokies is a nonprofit partner of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and has raised more than $68 million to support park programs and maintain the Smokies.

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