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 May:

4 – Wed: Ace Gap and Beard Cane Trails
7 – Sat: Appalachian Trail Maintenance
7 – Sat: Cumberland Trail - McCloud Mountain
14 – Sat: Cumberland Trail – Obed and Catoosa
18 - Wed: Rich Mountain Loop
21 - Sat: Deep Creek Triple Waterfall Loop *CANCELED*
22 – Sun: Easy Hike – Judge Branch Wildflowers
28 – Sat: Leader’s Choice - Injun Creek, Teds Branch, Little Rhododendron Creek
30 – Mon: Joint Hike with Carolina Mountain Club - Big Creek, Mount Sterling, Baxter Creek Loop

Our listing of May hiking outings, work trips, and 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!

Our listing of June hiking outings, work trips, and events.

A.T. hikers please note: The Fontana A.T. shelter roof replacement is scheduled for May 16-27. The shelter area will be closed to all visitors during this time. The trail and camping area will remain open during the project.

ANNUAL APPALACHIAN TRAIL WORK DAY
Saturday, June 4, 2016

Come celebrate the 23rd anniversary of National Trails Day (20th year locally) in the Smokies on the Appalachian Trail.
This fun workday only comes around once a year, and you don't want to miss it. Please get your registration in as soon as possible.
Go here for the 2016 Registration Form.

Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Southern Regional Office of the Appalachian
Trail Conservancy, Smoky Mountains Hiking Club, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park are
pleased to coordinate another Annual Appalachian Trail Work Day in Great Smoky Mountains
National Park on National Trails Day. We invite you to participate in helping us take care of the AT in
the GSMNP. This year also marks the 100-year anniversary of the National Park Service, and our
contributions to stewardship of our national parks have never been more important.

The AT Maintainers Committee of the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club and the Appalachian Trail
Conservancy are responsible for maintaining the A.T. and its facilities in Great Smoky Mountains
National Park on a continuing basis. With your help on National Trails Day, important trail
maintenance projects are completed that otherwise would not be accomplished; these
improvements make the Appalachian Trail in the Smokies safer and more enjoyable for the
thousands of hikers who use the trail each year.

Registration details- $20 if postmarked by May 15th ; $25 after May 15th .
Registering early helps the Crew Assignment Committee get workers placed in work groups and
increases your chance of being assigned to your hike/work preference. Workers will receive a
commemorative t-shirt and a picnic at day's end . See the registration form for details!
Closing picnic will be at Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area.
Go here for the 2016 Registration Form.

Any questions, call or email Phyllis Henry at (865) 577-2604, phyllishenry@yahoo.com.

 

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.