SMHC Outings and Events for September:
3 – Sat: Leader’s Choice - Pogue Creek Canyon Trail
7 – Wed: Chestnut Top to West Prong
10 – Sat: Appalachian Trail Maintenance
11 - Sun: Heritage Hike to Blanket Mountain
17 - Sat: Charlie Klabunde Memorial Hike - Lost Cove/Shuckstack Loop
18 - Sun: Cole Creek Off-Trail
21 - Wed: Trillim Gap to Mount LeConte
24 - Sat: Easy Hike – Old Sugarlands Trail and Cemetery
25 – Sun: Baskins Creek/Grapeyard Ridge
Our listing of September hiking outings, work trips, and events.
The Roan Mountain Suite, a musical suite inspired by the Roan Mountain Massif, will be performed by the Kruger Brothers and the Kontras Quarter on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at the Paramount Center for the Arts, Bristol, TN. It is a part of the 50th anniversary gala celebration of the inaugural citizen meeting to conserve the Highlands of Roan.
Straddling the border of TN and NC, the Roan Mountain Massif rises above farms and villages of the valley below. Often referred to as the "Crown Jewel" of the Southern Appalachians, these 25,000 acres of ancient mountain peaks are renowned for their magnificent beauty and extraordinary ecological diversity. The Appalachian Trail runs along the crest for more than 20 miles. In 1966, then-Chairman of the Appalachian Trail Conference, Stan Murray, convened a group of people in Johnson City, to initiate planning for the conservation of the Roan Mountain Massif. The seed sown at that meeting grew into the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy which has since conserved more than 65,000 acres in TN and NC. The Highlands of Roan remains its flagship project. Through his leadership, and the dedication of countless volunteers, Stan steered the Appalachian Trail—and the Highlands of Roan—into protection in perpetuity.
The Kruger Brothers have become world renowned for their unique classically-infused folk/acoustic music. The Kruger Brothers will be joined by The Kontras Quartet for this very special performance at The Paramount Bristol.
See the event page at the Paramount Bristol website.
Smokies Centennial Challenge - Hike 100
This year we are celebrating the Centennial of the National Park Service. To honor the first 100 years of the National Park Service and launch into the next century, GSMNP superintendent Cassius Cash has committed to hiking 100 miles of park trails during 2016 -- and he invites you to join in on this challenge! Whether you are new to hiking in the Smokies or have seen most or all the trails in the park before, we encourage you to set a goal of reaching 100 miles during this special year of celebration, between January 1-December 6, 2016. You may hike any 100 miles of maintained trails in the park. Your miles can include everything from front country nature trails to the extensive trail network in the backcountry. You may hike the same trail repeatedly or different trails; and you may hike them solo, with a group or even with a guide. Best of all, join the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club on our outings this year! The goal is to inspire you to explore and enjoy the many benefits the park has to offer. Go here for details.
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.