In cooperation with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the North Shore Cemetery Association will be hosting a decoration for the Cable Branch Cemetery on Sunday, Aug. 1, with the first boat shuttle leaving at 9 a.m. and the last leaving at 10 a.m. from the Cable Cove Boating Access Area off of N.C. 28 near Fontana Village.

Participants are asked to abide by current COVID-19 guidelines, wear sturdy footwear and clothing suitable for hiking, and bring foul weather gear as decorations are held rain or shine.

Current COVID-19 guidelines do not allow for the sharing of prepared meals or serving utensils, but attendees can bring their own lunch, snacks and drinks. Pets are not allowed in accordance with park rules and regulations. Service animals must have papers and be vested.

Decorations consist of decorating the graves followed by group singing and a short devotion.

Cable Branch Cemetery is a 1-mile hike from Fontana Lake with the first ½-mile being upon an old road and the last ½-mile being a side trail that is rather steep and can be slick when wet.

Check Facebook/NorthShoreCemeteryDecorations for any changes or cancellations and to message for help with accessibility needs.