We Explore, Enjoy, and Protect the Great Smokies.

You are always welcome to join our weekly hiking outings in the beautiful, rugged Smokies and surrounding natural areas here in East Tennessee. Try your hand at some high-elevation trail maintenance on the Appalachian Trail. Participate in conservation efforts to preserve our natural heritage.

Since 1924, the SMHC offers adventure and fun for all kinds of people.. like you. Join us!

National Trails Day, Sat. June 3, 2017

Show your support on American Hiking Society's National Trails Day® – a fun day of work on the Appalachian Trail in the Smokies, when many improvements are made to the Trail that would not happen without your continued support. Get some exercise, enjoy a day of camaraderie (RAIN OR SHINE) and receive a commemorative t-shirt. We look forward to seeing each of you again or meeting you for the first time!

This year we will be working on A.T. sections between Icewater Spring Shelter and Silers Bald, and also between Davenport Gap and Mt. Cammerer. Staging area: Sugarlands Visitor Center (bus parking lot). Except those working in the Davenport Gap area will meet at the Big Creek Ranger Station for briefing and carpooling to worksite. You will receive an email providing your assignment and directions to the staging area during the last week of May.

Here is the registration form with full details.

Upcoming SMHC Outings and Events for May:

20 – Sat: Horse Creek / A.T. / Mid-Springs Ridge Loop
20 – Sat: Slide Scar on Balsam Corner Creek Off-Trail
24 – Wed: Newfound Gap to Charlies Bunion
27-29 – Sat-Mon: Memorial Day Backpack with CMC
29 – Mon: Memorial Day Hike With CMC

Our May Newsletter, with hiking outings, work trips, and events. It contains contact information for outing leaders, meeting places and times, and outing descriptions.

Our June Newsletter, with hiking outings, work trips, and events.

SMHC Appalachian Trail Maintainers' Committee is seeking volunteers for AT maintenance activities.

Our group maintains 102 miles of the AT in the Smokies and the Nantahala National Forest. There are lots of ways to help out, ranging from big projects, such as trail relocations and shelter construction, to easy clipping and waterbar cleaning. You can contribute on whatever level you are ready for. We provide all needed tools and training. It's fun work out in the mountains and it is a vital part of making the Appalachian Trail experience a great one for both dayhikers and thru-hikers alike.

If you'd like to find out more about Appalachian Trail Maintainers Committee volunteer activities, contact us and sign up today.