The SMHC Jenny Bennett Memorial Hike, Sept. 13, 2015. Photo by Cindy Spangler
You are always welcome to join our weekly hiking outings in the beautiful, rugged Smokies with our experienced outing leaders. Or, try your hand at some high-elevation trail maintenance on the Appalachian Trail with experienced and friendly section leaders. Today's SMHC offers many adventures and fun times for all kinds of people.. like you! We have easy hikes, hard hikes, backpacks, off-trails, photo contests, and cookouts, just to name a few things we do. Join us!
Announcing our 2015 Installation Banquet! It will be Dec. 12, 2015 at 5 PM at the UT Visitors Center in Knoxville. Special guest speakers include Christine Hoyer, GSMNP Backcountry Specialist, and Ken Wise and Anne Bridges of UT, who will be speaking on “The Cabin in the ‘Brier: A Pictorial History." The food and fellowship will be wonderful as always. Don't miss it! Registration is now open online- go here for more information and to register today!
SMHC Outings and Events for November:
1 – Sun: Cumberland Trail – Signal Point to Mushroom Rock
4 – Wed: Little Greenbriar Trail
14 – Sat: Appalachian Trail to the Jumpoff
15- Sun: Easy Hike – Injun Creek Trail to Ephraim McCarter Cemetery
18 – Wed: Gregory Ridge Trail
21 – Sat: Cades Cove by Moonlight (canceled due to weather)
27 – Fri: 10th Anniversary Jim/Bob Hike (Final time)
29 – Sun: Benton Mackaye Trail: Yellow Creek Mountain Section
Our listing of November hiking outings, work trips, and Club-wide events.This includes trail descriptions, meeting places, and leader contact information. You do not have to be a member to participate, and we welcome guests and visitors who are interested in the Club!
SMHC Outings and Events for December:
2 – Wed: Loop Hike, Panther Creek State Park
13 – Sun: House Mountain
16 – Wed: Loop Hike, Big Ridge State Park
19 - Sat: Big Frog Trail, Big Frog Wilderness
20 – Sun: Loop Hike, Big Ridge State Park
27 – Fri: Mt. Davis
Our listing of December hiking outings, work trips, and Club-wide events.
90/50 Challenge for SMHC Members
Our 90/50 hiking challenge has been continued for 2015!
To commemorate the 90th anniversary of the SMHC in 2014, and the 50th anniversary of the Wildeness Act, also in 2014, the SMHC Board of Directors issued the following two challenges to club members:
1) To celebrate the 90th anniversary of SMHC, hike 90 miles of the more than 800 miles of maintained trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
2) To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act of 1964, hike 50 miles of the more than 100 miles of the Appalachian Trail maintained by SMHC.
Members who complete the required mileage of either challenge during 2015 will be eligible to receive a commemorative patch designed especially for that challenge. Report your hiking and purchase your patches here.
The SMHC Appalachian Trail Maintainers' Committee is actively 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.