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 January:
1 - Thurs Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge
7 - Wed Grassy Cove Segment of the Cumberland Trail
10 – Sat Pump Gap/Silvermine Loop/Lover’s Leap (Hot Springs)
17 – Sat Elkmont to Tremont
21 - Wed Quilliams Cave and Courthouse Rock.
24 – Sat Dripping Cliff to Big Dudley (off-trail)
31 – Sat South Knoxville Urban Wilderness Loop
Here is our listing of January hiking 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.
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.