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!

Charlie Klabunde Memorial Hike and Picnic, May 17, 2015

You are invited to attend the Club's planned events commemorating the life of the late Charlie Klabunde on Sunday, May 17. Charlie was a member of the Club for nearly 50 years. He served the Club for many years as an officer and director, and led many outings. Charlie passed away this year on February 7 at age 83.

The day begins at 10 AM with a 2-3 mile easy hike on Porters Creek Trail, with a visit to the former SMHC cabin. Charlie's cremains will be dispersed at a stop during the hike. Following the hike, participants will then meet at Mynatt Park Pavilion in Gatlinburg for a potluck luncheon starting at 1 PM.

Due to limited parking, carpooling is encouraged. Meet at Comcast, 5720 Asheville Highway, at 8:30 AM; the hike will begin at the Porters Creek trailhead at 10 AM. If you plan to attend lunch only, plan to arrive at Mynatt Park Pavilion by 1 PM. Bring a covered dish and a chair. Beverages will be provided. Before his death, Charlie had requested that memorial contributions be made in his honor to the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club and Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning. There will be a donation basket at the picnic.

Directions to Charlie’s memorial hike: https://goo.gl/maps/7fLx6 Take I-40 east to Exit 407, then TN 66 south to Sevierville. At traffic light #15.9 turn left on TN 448, go 0.5 miles and turn left on US 411. In 3.4 mi at a traffic signal turn right on TN 416 and drive 15 miles to US 321. To Porter’s Creek Trailhead: Turn right on US 321 and then in 0.3 mile turn left on Greenbrier Rd. Drive 4.7 mi to the trailhead parking area.

Directions to Mynatt Park: https://goo.gl/maps/6GiRX From the Greenbrier park entrance, take US 321 west 5.8 mi toward Gatlinburg and turn left on Baskins Creek Bypass, go 0.6 mi and turn left on Cherokee Orchard Rd. Go 0.5 mi, turn left on Airport Rd. Go 0.1 mi turn right on Asbury Ln. Mynatt Park and the pavilion are on the right.

For more information on the day's events, please contact Cindy Spangler, spangler@utk.edu

Here is Charlie's memorial page.

Remaining SMHC Outings and Events for April:

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.

 

SMHC Outings and Events for May:

2 – Sat: Appalachian Trail Work Trip
3 – Sun: Virgin Falls
3 – Sun: Frozen Head Flower Walk
6 – Wed: Rich Mountain Gap To Ace Gap
16 – Sat: Lead Cove/Bote Mountain/Rocky Top
17 – Sun: Charlie Klabunde Memorial Hike And Picnic
20 – Wed: Rich Mtn Loop, Indian Grave Gap, Crooked Arm
23 – Sat: Old Settlers Trail
25 – Mon: SMHC/CMC Joint Hike
30 – Sat: Kephart Prong/Sweat Heifer/Dry Sluice Gap/Grassy Branch Loop

Here is our listing of May 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.

We're 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.

National Trails Day 2015 on Saturday, June 6

Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Regional Office of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club are pleased to coordinate another Annual Appalachian Trail Work Day on National Trails Day.

This year’s event will be held June 6th. Workers will receive a commemorative T-shirt and dine at a picnic at day’s end. Closing picnic will be at Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area.

Here is the official announcement flyer, and here is the registration form.

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 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.