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GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) - A foundation helping national parks is giving $15,000 to help with a trail reconstruction project in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The Richard Haiman National Parks Foundation made the give to help restore the Alum Cave Trail, one of the park's most popular hiking paths.

The foundation will also give $3,000 to upgrade the park's backcountry privies.

The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1GL13f1 ) says the park plans to close the Alum Cave Trail and parking lot Monday through Thursday from May 4 through Nov. 19.

Work will include repairing the cable handrail system, improving trail drainage and stabilizing trail sections that are eroding down slope.

Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com

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