recreational standards shall inspire me so to conduct myself
either with the Club or independently-
the pleasure to be had by others shall be a little greater for
In view of this, it is my duty
as a Hiker:
- To guard the reputation of the
Club to the end that no censure will prevent any from enjoying
- To adopt, as my own, the regulations of
the National Park Service as applied to the Great Smoky
Mountains National Park.
- To carry no firearms in the Park, or elsewhere,
on any scheduled hike.
- To protect Nature's beauty and
wild life from damage or destruction.
- To build fires
only when necessary, and then with none but dead and down timber.
leave a clean trail, unlittered camp, and a dead fire.
be ready with hiking information and a welcome to visitors.
lighten the burden of the leaders by my hearty cooperation.
contribute, when a leader, to the enjoyment
of others by the faithful performance of my duties.
- To cooperate
with the officers of the Club for the betterment of hiking.
This is the historic SMHC Code of Ethics, in existence
since the earliest days of the Club.