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Join us for these upcoming events!
SMHC Cabin Service Day | July 6, 2024 9:00AM | Register here
Save the Date! Saturday, August 10 — Annual Election Picnic
Save the Date! Saturday, October 5 — Capstone Event at Bearden Banquet Hall

We Explore, Enjoy, and Protect the Great Smokies.

Our Club members are passionate about hiking! Our missions also include education about the outdoors and advocacy for crucial conservation issues. In addition, we proudly maintain 102 miles of Appalachian Trail in the Smokies and Nantahala National Forest. 

Join one of our weekly hikes 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.

SMHC offers adventure and fun for all kinds of people - like you. Join us!

We welcome visitors on our hikes. Please click here to read our updated COVID guidelines. 

Smoky Mountains Hiking Club celebrates 100 years in 2024!

2024 is here, and SMHC is celebrating its Centennial! The 100 mile Hike Challenge has begun (a series of designated hikes you can do on your own, or as scheduled with the Club) to earn a special beautifully designed patch. There are also a series of 3 special History Commemorative Hikes, as well as an off-trail series of hikes.

We will host a Fish-Fry Square Dance (as in the days of old for our Club!) at the Appalachian Clubhouse in Elkmont on May 11. We are planning a Service Project at the former SMHC cabin on July 6. Our Lost Hiker Beer continues to be available at Albright Brewing Company in Knoxville.

Later this year, we will have a Display at Sugarlands Visitor Center in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Our Centennial Celebration Banquet with displays, a speaker, and other surprises will be on Saturday October 5, 2024 at the Bearden Banquet Hall.

We also have great Centennial merchandise available! Please click on the Celebrating 100 Years tab on this page for further details on each activity. We hope to see you as much as we can this year!

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Special thanks to Dick Ketelle, Ann Farrar and Randy Mitchell for sharing their photographs with us to be featured on the site. If you have some hiking or trail maintenance photos that you'd like to share, send them to

For information about the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, visit the NPS website or call the information line at (865) 436-1200.

Smoky Mountains Hiking Club

PO Box 51592

Knoxville, TN 37950-1592

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