Volunteers clean up the Spur

Volunteers cleaned trash along the Spur on Tuesday.  (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

Volunteers cleaned trash along the Spur on Tuesday. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Volunteers from the Gatlinburg community gathered on Tuesday morning to clean up trash along the Spur between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.

96 people gathered 76 bags of trash. They found everything from a restaurant pager, motorcycle helmet, and floor mats from cars.

"I'm ashamed that people don't take better care of the park. but I'm glad that we have a team of volunteers to keep the park beautiful," said Martha Ward, a Gatlinburg Native.

She volunteered to clean. She says she found a lot of Tennessee's number one roadside trash item, cigarette butts.

The National Park Service says they are looking for a company or civic group to adopt portions of the Spur and keep it clean.

"Keep people conscious and aware of ways they can make good decisions when they're out there not to leave an impact behind," said Christine Hoyer, with the National Parks Service.

Many of the volunteers hope they can come out again to clean so Gatlinburg will be beautiful for the visitors.

The clean up was part of Gatlinburg's Earth Week celebration.

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