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    • 10/01/2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • Newfound Gap, GSMNP
    • 12

    We will start working 0.6 miles north of Newfound Gap and then proceed back to the Parking Lot at NFG, with various projects along the way. No cleaning of water bars as that has already taken place. We need workers, be it man or woman or anyone else, who is willing to help rebuild the trail to a more aesthetic, safe and durable treadway. Tools will be provided; however, you may bring your favorite shovel, sledge hammer, pick-mattock, or rock bar. (The tools I bring are for right handed people, but they can adapt to lefties). We will meet at Newfound Gap at 9 a.m. I will also be at the Sugarlands rest room parking area at 8:20 AM to provide a ride for someone up the mountain, as my van can take three more workers up to the NFG, leaving at 8:30 AM.

    Leader: Mark Snyder
    Leader contact information is included under Additional Information in the email you receive after registration.

    • 10/05/2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • Rock Creek Campground, over Nemo Bridge in Wartburg, TN

    This is a very pleasant hike that originates in the Obed Section of the Cumberland Trail, beginning at Rock Creek Campground, in Wartburg, across Nemo Bridge on the right. From that trailhead, we'll hike to Breakaway Bluff, for panoramic views of the Obed Gorge. Depending on how scouting goes, some of us may want to go a bit further on this in and out hike. Nemo to Breakaway is 8.4 miles RT, rated moderate. Meet at BAM!, Oak Ridge, at 8am, or at Rock Creek Campground, over Nemo Bridge in Wartburg at 9am. Drive 60 miles RT {@ $0.10/mile= $6.00}.

    Leader: Diane Petrilla

    Leader contact information is included under Additional Information in the email you receive after registration.

    • 10/08/2022
    • 8:00 AM
    • Food City, Hall Road, Alcoa

    We’ll take advantage of the recent reopening of Parson Branch Road to shorten hiking remote portions of Hannah Mtn and Rabbit Creek trails as a car shuttle hike. We’ll leave some cars at the Rabbit/Abrams Creek trailhead in Cades Cove and shuttle over on Parson Branch Rd to Sams Gap and begin hiking on Hannah Mountain Trail. Hannah Mountain Trail traverses a remote section of the park with gentle ups and downs and some historical and natural interests. At 7.6 miles we intersect Rabbit Creek Trail at Scott Gap which we follow back to Cades Cove.The Rabbit Creek Trail climbs gradually to a long flat ridge and ends with an easy creek crossing of Mill Creek to the Cades Cove Abrams Creek parking lot. We return to Sams Gap with the waiting cars via one way Parson Branch Rd and drive back to the car pool via a portion of The Dragon. Parson Branch Road is a bit rough in places so higher ground clearance vehicles recommended. If the group would rather hike 4 mi on Parson Branch Rd and shorten the drive back we can go with that option. Hike 12.7 miles with 1000 ft elevation gain and two creek crossings. Rated difficult due to length and access. Drive 67 miles @ 10 cents=$6.70. Meet at Alcoa Food City at 8am and plan on leaving promptly for Cades Cove.

    Leader: Tim Bigelow

    Leader contact information is included under Additional Information in the email you receive after registration.

    • 10/15/2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • Leatherwood Ford parking area, BSF

    For this seldom visited but spectacular arch/cave complex, we will begin at the Leatherwood Ford Bridge parking lot in Big South Fork. We’ll hike north along the John Muir Trail, with delightful views of the Big South Fork River. We’ll cross the O&W bridge, and start climbing, to see Devils Den (huge rock house), a spectacular overlook of the river, and perhaps a little Fall foliage. Winding among several crisscrossing pathways (where this leader plans on taking no wrong turns!), we’ll make our way to a rather ordinary looking spur trail that leads to the Needles Eye, an incredible sandstone formation in the BSF. The hike is 8.6 rather rugged miles. Rated Moderate. Meet at Hardees, 107 Buffalo Rd. near I-75, Clinton, TN at 8am or at Leatherwood Ford parking area at 9am. Drive 110 miles RT {@ 0.10/mile = $11.00}.

    Leader: Diane Petrilla

    Leader contact information is included under Additional Information in the email you receive after registration.

    • 10/22/2022
    • 8:30 AM
    • Hemphill Bald Trailhead, Polls Gap, GSMNP

    There are so many outstanding views to be found in the Smokies, and the panorama seen from Hemphill Bald is exceptional. We will start at the Hemphill Bald Trailhead at Polls Gap off Heintooga Road. After 4.7 miles, we’ll reach The Bald itself and hope for clear skies to enjoy the views below. Continuing on Hemphill Bald, we’ll start a sharp descent to pass the Cataloochee Divide junction at Double Gap, make a sharp left turn to continue on the Hemphill Bald Trail until we reach the junction with the Caldwell Fork Trail. What goes down must come up. We’ll climb up Caldwell Fork to reach Rough Fork where we’ll continue the climb to return to the parking lot. Hike is 13.6 miles with an elevation gain of almost 3,000 ft., rated difficult due to the distance and the tough climb out. Meet at the Hemphill Bald Trailhead at 8:30am (from the Blue Ridge Parkway, follow signs toward Balsam Mountain Campground and park at Polls Gap).

    Leader: Pat Watts

    Leader contact information is included under Additional Information in the email you receive after registration.

    • 10/26/2022
    • 9:15 AM
    • Low Gap Trailhead, Cosby Campground, GSMNP

    For this classic fall hike, we will start at the Cosby hiker parking area, taking Low Gap Trail for a steep but beautiful climb up to the AT, seeing some amazing old growth trees along the way. We may see "South bounders" on a short stretch of the AT, until we reach the Mt. Cammerer spur trail. The Mt. Cammerer Fire Tower, lovingly restored and picturesque, offers stunning 360 degree views of the surrounding mountains, which hopefully will be showing some Fall color. Elevation gain 2800 ft. 11.4 miles. Rated Difficult. Meet at Cracker Barrel Strawberry Plains at 8 am or at Low Gap TH at 9:15 am. Drive 115 miles RT {@ 0.10/mile = $11.50}.

    Leader: Diane Petrilla

    Leader contact information is included under Additional Information in the email you receive after registration.

    • 10/29/2022

    This hike begins along TN32 as an easy stroll through open woods and gentle slopes and soon follows the course of Rowdy Creek to a lovely rock-wall waterfall. Above the waterfall the terrain transitions to that of a field of boulders interspersed with thick clusters of luxurious ferns. Ranging along the upper reaches of the boulder field high cliffs form a vanguard defending the north flank of Cammerer Ridge. Buttressing the cliffs is Leadmine Ridge with the Miner Stairs arranged along its spine. The Miner Stairs are layers of sandstone arranged in a stair-step configuration and impeded with impenetrable thickets of dense laurel yet affording superb views deep into the Tennessee Valley. The stairs terminate just below the access trail leading a short distance to the Mount Cammerer Lookout Tower. After a leisurely lunch at the tower, the hike will continue, but becoming a mad, reckless headlong dash down the steep muddy exceedingly-slick Groundhog Ridge manway, terminating in less than an hour at the starting point along TN32. Total trip: off-trail 3.5 mile, on-trail 0.4 mile, 6 hours, drive 100 miles RT. This off-trail trip is rated difficult.

    Leader: Greg Harrell and Greg Hoover

    To register, contact the leader directly via email, text or phone. You can find contact information in the October 2022 newsletter writeup for this hike.

    • 10/29/2022
    • 9:15 AM
    • Cosby Campground hiker parking area, Cosby, GSMNP

    We’ll make this annual SMHC fall color hike to scenic Mt Cammerer a longer loop hike to include the lesser used and longer Lower Mt. Cammerer trail and call it a Map-Marker hike. From Cosby Hiker parking lot we hike up famously steep Low Gap Trail and join up with the AT at the gap. We take the AT over Sunup Knob and anyone interested can help the ATMC by performing some light trail maintenance on the way to the Mt Cammerer fire tower where we enjoy a lunch break and views of colors changing below. We may meet up with the SMHC off trail group there. After lunch we’ll return back to the AT and continue downhill about 2 miles with more chance for light trail maintenance on to the intersection with Lower Mt Cammerer Trail. This trail has a slower downhill rate and passes an interesting view of the valley on its way back to Cosby. Hike 15.5 miles RT with 3200 Ft elevation gain. Rated difficult due to length and elevation gain. If some members of the group wish to return via the shorter AT/Low Gap Route the hike can be reduced by 4.5 miles. Meet at Strawberry Plains Cracker Barrel promptly at 8 am and drive to Cosby hiker parking lot (Drive 110 miles RT @ 10 cents = $11.00) or meet at Cosby parking lot at 9:15.

    Leader: Tim Bigelow

    Leader contact information is included under Additional Information in the email you receive after registration.

    • 10/30/2022
    • 1:00 PM
    • Haw Ridge Park, 299 Old Edgemoor Rd, Oak Ridge, TN 37830

    This walk is along trails on the less frequented east side of Haw Ridge Park and will have good views of Melton Hill Lake/Clinch River. We will discuss the developing concept of a Clinch River Blueway and have good views of TVA’s Bull Run Steam Plant which is to be retired in the next few years. Also to be discussed will be the ongoing legal actions regarding cleanup of the coal ash piles easily visible along our hike. The hike will begin with the East Edge, East Shore, and Pond Trails and finish via the Powerline Trail. We will travel slowly, allowing for some botanizing and birding along the way. The hike will be about 4 miles and is rated easy. Meet at Haw Ridge Park, Trailhead 2 which is near the Life Development Center, 299 Old Edgemoor Rd, Oak Ridge, TN 37830, 1:00pm.

    Leader: Mac Post

    Leader contact information is included under Additional Information in the email you receive after registration.

Past events

09/24/2022 AT Family Hike: Sugarland Mountain Trail to Indian Gap
09/23/2022 Easy Hike on UT Agriculture Campus
09/17/2022 Twin Arches at Big South Fork
09/17/2022 AT Work Trip
09/17/2022 Backpack from Cades Cove to Spence Field Shelter
09/14/2022 Wednesday Hike: Jakes Creek, Cucumber Gap, Little River, and CS 23 to Goshen Prong Trail
09/10/2022 Fontana Lake and Hazel Creek Paddle
09/07/2022 Wednesday Hike: Jakes Creek and Meigs Mountain Trails to CS 19
09/03/2022 Jackson Bend Branch of the East Lakeshore Trail
08/28/2022 Map Marker: Noland Creek and Lower Noland Divide Trails
08/27/2022 Easy Hike: UT Arboretum
08/24/2022 Wednesday Hike: Middle Prong Trail to Indian Flats Falls
08/20/2022 AT Work Trip
08/20/2022 Map Marker: Long Bunk and Little Cataloochee Trails
08/13/2022 SMHC Annual Election Picnic 2022
08/10/2022 Wednesday Hike: Gabes Mtn, Henwallow Falls and CS34
08/06/2022 Off Trail Hike: LeConte, Roaring Fork, Basin Spring
07/30/2022 Bald River Falls
07/23/2022 Map Marker: Welch Ridge-High Rocks-Bear Creek
07/20/2022 Wednesday Hike: Fighting Creek Gap-Elkmont Loop
07/16/2022 Thomas Divide Trail to Campsite 52
07/16/2022 Off Trail Hike: Drinkwater Pool
07/13/2022 Wednesday Hike: Rich Mountain
07/09/2022 AT Work Trip
07/02/2022 Forks of the River
06/25/2022 Clingmans Dome to Newfound Gap
06/22/2022 Wednesday Hike: Metcalf Bottoms, Little Brier Gap, Little Greenbrier and Laurel Falls Trails
06/18/2022 Gregory Bald via Gregory Ridge
06/12/2022 Easy Hike: Lower Mt Cammerer Trail to Sutton Ridge Overlook
06/11/2022 Spicewood-Chimney Top Loop, Frozen Head State Park
06/11/2022 Off Trail Hike: Frowning Rock Prong
06/08/2022 Wednesday Hike: Lumber Ridge to Meigs Mountain to Campsite 19
05/29/2022 Fork Ridge and Noland Divide Trails with Carolina Mountain Club
05/25/2022 Wednesday Hike: Canal and Baker Hollow, East Lakeshore Trail
05/21/2022 Beech Gap to Bob’s Bald
05/14/2022 Ace Gap Trail
05/14/2022 Map Marker: Deep Creek
05/14/2022 Off Trail Hike: Kuwahi Scar and Rattler Branch
05/11/2022 Wednesday Hike: Sinking Creek, East Lakeshore Trail
05/07/2022 AT Work Trip
04/23/2022 Cosby and Big Creek Backpack
04/23/2022 Black Mountain to Ozone Falls
04/23/2022 Off Trail Hike: Bent Arm Manway
04/20/2022 Wednesday Hike: Shuckstack Mountain
04/16/2022 Panther Branch and Old North Mac Flower Hike
04/13/2022 Wednesday Hike: Ace Gap Trail to Beard Cane Trail to CS3
04/10/2022 Porters Creek
04/09/2022 Off Trail Hike: Courthouse Rock and Quilliam Cave
04/02/2022 AT Work Trip
03/30/2022 Wednesday Hike: Cumberland Trail - Hwy 68 to Black Mountain
03/26/2022 Easy Hike: UT Arboretum
03/26/2022 Rich Mountain Loop
03/26/2022 Off Trail Hike: Blindside Ridge
03/19/2022 Bradley Fork to Cabin Flats
03/16/2022 Wednesday Hike: Laurel Snow State Natural Area—Laurel Falls and Buzzard Point Overlook
03/12/2022 Chestnut Top
03/05/2022 AT Work Trip
03/05/2022 Off Trail Hike: Little Cataloochee
02/27/2022 Easy Hike: Gallaher Bend Greenway
02/26/2022 Abrams Falls from Abrams Creek Ranger Station
02/26/2022 Off Trail Hike: Old Settlers Trail via Big Copeland Creek
02/19/2022 New Member Hike: Rainbow Falls
02/12/2022 Mill Creek and Loyston Point at Norris Lake
02/12/2022 Off Trail Hike: Heintooga Bike & Hike
02/09/2022 Wednesday Hike: Lead Cove/Bote Mountain/Thunderhead
02/05/2022 Old Sugarlands/Twin Creeks/Gatlinburg Trails
02/02/2022 Wednesday Hike: Stinging Fork Falls Section of Cumberland Trail
01/29/2022 Tellico Lakeshore Trail
01/26/2022 Wednesday Hike: West Prong / Bote Mountain / Finley Cane / Lead Cove
01/22/2022 North Boundary Greenway
01/16/2022 Ijams Nature Center
01/15/2022 Little River – Cucumber Loop
01/12/2022 Wednesday Hike: Bird Mountain / Lookout Tower / South Old Mac Loop at Frozen Head State Park
01/08/2022 Alcoa Greenway
01/01/2022 Seven Islands State Birding Park
12/12/2021 House Mountain
12/11/2021 Easy Hike: Wheat Community and Black Burial Grounds
12/08/2021 Wednesday Hike: Frozen Head State Park: Spicewood Trail to Mart Field or Chimney Top
12/04/2021 Spence Field and Russell Field Loop
12/01/2021 Wednesday Hike: Rich Mountain Loop
11/27/2021 Norris Watershed and State Park
11/20/2021 Smokies History Hike
11/13/2021 Easy Hike: Lily Bluff Overlook of the Obed River and Boulder Field Trail
11/13/2021 Off Trail Hike: Panther Stairs
11/10/2021 Wednesday Hike: Lakeshore Trail to CS90
11/07/2021 AT Work Trip
11/03/2021 Wednesday Hike: Brushy Mountain
10/30/2021 Mount Cammerer
10/24/2021 Easy Hike: New Trails at Sharps Ridge Veterans Memorial Park
10/24/2021 Brushy Mountain
10/20/2021 Wednesday Hike: Lost Creek State Natural Area to Virgin Falls
10/16/2021 Shuckstack Fire Tower
10/16/2021 Off-Trail Hike: The Spire
10/09/2021 Fiery Gizzard Trail, South Cumberland State Park
10/06/2021 Wednesday Hike: Ramsey Cascades Out and Back
10/02/2021 AT Work Trip
09/25/2021 AT Family Hike: Davenport Gap and Shelter
09/25/2021 Mount LeConte
09/22/2021 Wednesday Hike: Elkmont Loop to CS23
09/18/2021 Off-Trail Hike: Wilson Falls
09/15/2021 Wednesday Hike: Mount LeConte
09/11/2021 AT Work Trip
09/05/2021 Easy Hike: Urban Wilderness Gateway and Baker Creek
09/04/2021 History Walk: Manhattan Project
08/28/2021 Clingmans Dome to Newfound Gap
08/21/2021 Easy Hike: Tennessee Arboretum
08/21/2021 Hemphill Bald
08/14/2021 SMHC Annual Election Picnic
08/11/2021 Wednesday Hike: Middle Prong Trail to Indian Flats Falls
08/08/2021 A.T. Vista Hike
08/07/2021 AT Work Trip
08/07/2021 Off-Trail Hike: The Gorges
08/04/2021 Wednesday Hike: Gabes Mountain Trail to Campsite 34
07/31/2021 Easy Hike: Little River Trail and Elkmont
07/31/2021 Charlies Bunion
07/28/2021 Wednesday Hike: Little River, Huskey Gap and Sugarland Mtn Trails
07/24/2021 Cumberland Trail to New River & Lick Creek Peak
07/24/2021 Off-Trail Hike: Steeltrap Falls
07/21/2021 Wednesday Hike: Rich Mtn, Indian Grave Gap, and Scott Mtn
07/17/2021 Knoxville Botanical Garden
07/10/2021 AT Work Trip
06/26/2021 Cataloochee Divide
06/19/2021 Gregory Bald via Long Hungry Ridge
06/12/2021 The Rocky Crag, Off-Trail Hike
06/12/2021 Roan Mountain Backpack
06/05/2021 National Trails Day Event
05/31/2021 Memorial Day joint SMHC/CMC hike: Kephart Prong to A.T. by two routes!
05/29/2021 Ramsey Cascade Hike
05/08/2021 Hike - Ace Gap
05/01/2021 AT Work Trip
04/24/2021 Hike - Black Mountain / Cumberland Trail
04/18/2021 Hike - White Oak Sink
04/17/2021 Hike - Frozen Head Wildflower Hike
For information about the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, visit the NPS website or call the information line at (865) 436-1200.

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Knoxville, TN 37950-1592

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