Together, we continue to Explore, Enjoy, and Protect the Great Smokies. Join us!

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!

 

SMHC Outings and Events for March:

4 - Wed Middle Prong to Lynn Camp Prong to Campsite 28 and return
8 - Sun Devil's Racetrack
18 - Wed Brushy Mountain trail to Brushy Mountain
21 - Sat Abandoned Roads
28 - Sat Elkmont Historical Tour
29 - Sun Porter's Creek Trail Wildflowers

Here is our listing of March outings, work outings, and Club-wide events. This includes trail descriptions, meeting places, leader contact information - everything you need to participate. 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 April:

4 – Sat Appalachian Trail Work Trip
5 – Sun Chestnut Top
11 – Sat White Oak Sinks
15 – Wed Little River Trail to Campsite 24
18 – Sat Frozen Head State Park: Wildflowers
25 – Sat Burnt Mill Loop – Big South Fork NRRA
26 – Sun Bent Arm Manway (Off-trail)
29 – Wed Porters Creek Trail to Campsite 31

Here is our listing of April outings, work outings, and Club-wide events. This includes trail descriptions, meeting places, leader contact information - everything you need to participate. You do not have to be a member to participate, and we welcome guests and visitors who are interested in the Club.

The SMHC is looking for a member who is interested in becoming our Communications Director. The SMHC Board of Directors would like to expand and improve Club communications while maintaining consistency among the many paths that disseminate information. We would like to find a member willing to help reach those objectives. We will ask that person to monitor the monthly newsletter, media releases, our Website and Club social media outlets, and recommend to the editors any changes they might make in future publications and postings to meet our objectives. He or she would also be asked to participate in the Club’s annual handbook publication as co-editor with the Handbook Editor, and to attend monthly Board meetings. Our plan is to ask Club membership to approve adding this position to the list of directors in the Club Bylaws.

If you are interested or have questions, please contact SMHC vice-president Cindy Spangler at spangler@utk.edu or (865) 776-1301.

90/50 Challenge for SMHC Members Continues in 2015

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 to purchase your patches.

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.

On Feb. 7, the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club
lost one of our all-time great leaders,
Charlie Klabunde.

We celebrate his life and honor his fifty years as a vital part of SMHC.
Charlie was the dean and master of off-trail hiking
in the Smokies and a conservation stalwart.

He exemplified the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club.
Rest in peace, old friend. We'll miss you.
Charlie's Obit