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Upcoming Volunteer Events

Public Lands Day 2022


We’ll be doing some light maintenance on trails in Big Laurel Branch Wilderness along the Appalachian Trail and spend the day in the fresh air. We will clear the trail of trees and cut back overgrown vegetation.


At the end of the day, we will have a cookout at the picnic area that overlooks the Little Laurel Branch Waterfall that tumbles out of the wilderness into Watauga Lake. SAWS will provide all the good eats.


 What to Bring and Wear:  

  • Pack a lunch, snacks

  • 2+ liters of water

  • daypack

  • raingear.

  • Long pants

  • Closed Toe Shoes

When: Sunday, September 25, 2022

Where: Big Laurel Branch Wilderness near Elizabethton, TN. Link to AT Trailhead.

Trail Mileage:  5-miles round trip and is easy to moderate difficulty



Contact:  Scotty Bowman at for more details and to sign up!   

#OptOutside with SAWS

What: Rescheduled opportunity! Due to illness, we are rescheduling our regular #optoutside opportunity. Register today with Eric (contact below). We’ll be doing some light maintenance on the War Spur Loop in Mountain Wilderness and spend the day in the fresh air. We will use crosscut saws and other tools to clear trees from the trail and other vegetation

WhenSaturday, December 10th, 2022 at 10 am at the War Spur loop trailhead.

Where: War Spur Loop trail in Mountain Lake Wilderness near Blacksburg, VA

Contact: Eric Giebelstein at for more details and to sign up for the day!   

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