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!

SMHC Outings and Events for December:

3 – Sat: Parsons Branch Off-Trail
7 – Wed: Panther Creek State Park
10 – Sat: SMHC Installation Dinner
11 - Sun: House Mountain
17 - Sat: Greenbrier Ramble
18 - Sun: Big Ridge State Park
21 - Wed: Seven Islands State Birding Park
31 - Sat: Panther Creek State Park

Our listing of December hiking outings, work trips, and events. The listing contains contact information for outing leaders, meeting places and times, and outing descriptions.

The 2016 SMHC Installation Banquet
Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016
5 PM to 9 PM

Fox Den Country Club
12284 N. Fox Den Drive
Knoxville, TN 37934
Google Maps Link

Our guest speakers will include
George Shields
, Scout Venturing - "Venturing Program"
Joan Tomlinson - "Solo Hiking the Pacific Crest and Appalachian Trails" and
Jennifer Jones, Ph.D., President and CEO, Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont - "Tremont Environmental Outdoors Program"

Registration Deadline is Dec. 5.

Here is the online registration form.

 

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.