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    • 02/08/2023
    • 9:45 AM
    • Pickett State Park Visitors Center, 4605 Pickett Park Hwy, Jamestown, TN 38556
    • 10
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    For this fun hike, we will combine a number of shorter trails in Pickett that will allow us to hike virtually every trail on the west side of the park. We’ll start at the Hazard Cave Trail, then pick up Ridge, Lakeview, Lake, Bluff, Island, and Natural Bridge Trails, before going back to our cars. Along the way, we’ll see wonderful rock formations and CCC camp historical areas. 9.2 miles. Rated moderate. Meet at Books-a-Million, 310 S Illinois Ave., Oak Ridge at 8am or at the Pickett SP Visitor Center at 9:45am. RT drive 145 miles= $14.50.

    Leader: Diane Petrilla

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

    • 02/11/2023
    • 8:30 AM
    • Wal-Mart, 2410 US-411, Maryville, TN 37801
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    Let's enjoy some lake views as we hike. Starting at the Coytee trailhead we will do the Sinking Creek Branch and Lotterdale Branch sections for 8.3 miles. This will involve a short car shuttle. Rated moderate due to the distance. Meet at the Maryville Walmart at 8:30. Drive 35 miles RT. 0.10x35= $3.50.

    Leaders: David Smith and John Smiley

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

    • 02/15/2023
    • 9:15 AM
    • Davenport Gap, TN-32, Cosby, TN 37722
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    Let’s climb to Mt. Cammerer the “other” way, via the A.T,. at Davenport Gap. The 3000 ft. ascent is fairly gradual, passing junctions with Chestnut Branch Trail and Lower Mt. Cammerer Trail. There is a long sturdy rock wall built by the CCC as we get higher, and some magnificent views towards the Pigeon River Valley and the Black Mountains. As long as trail conditions permit, we will take the 0.6 mile spur trail to Mt. Cammerer. Total hike mileage 12.6, rated moderate to difficult. Some folks may choose to just go partway up the AT, for a slightly easier hike. Meet at Cracker Barrel Strawberry Plains, 1510 Cracker Barrel Lane, Knoxville, at 8am or at Davenport Gap at 9:15am. RT drive 110 miles= $11.00.

    Leader: Diane Petrilla

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

    • 02/18/2023
    • 8:00 AM
    • Food City, 121 North Hall Rd, Alcoa, TN
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    The planned hike as described in the handbook is to hike from Elkmont to Tremont by way of the Meigs Mountain Trail and the Lumber Ridge Trail for a total hiking distance of 10.4 miles. However, the Lumber Ridge Trail is closed as of this writing but may be open by February 18. If it is not open at the time of the hike, we will exit off the Meigs Mountain trail and go down the Curry Mountain trail to Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area for a total of 7.7 miles. Both routes are rated moderate. We will have a car shuttle to Elkmont from either the Tremont Institute or from Metcalf Bottoms depending on which hiking route we end up taking. Meet at the old Food City in Alcoa at 8:00 a.m. If you wish to meet at the shuttle point, please contact the leader. Round trip drive is about 70 miles. 0.10 X 70 = $7.00

    Leader: Brian Worley

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

    • 02/25/2023

    A trip up the Catstairs in Greenbrier is one of those iconic hikes that all adventurous lovers of the Smokies should take. On this outing, we’ll put a new spin on the traditional route with an approach from the north face of the Pinnacle along Catstairs Branch. The first mile or so will feature a walk along Timothy Creek and its tributary across relatively gentle terrain, but the way will eventually turn quite steep. As we quickly gain elevation, we’ll have to negotiate a treacherous but beautiful boulder field of giant moss-covered rocks randomly scattered down the mountainside. After a while, we’ll come to a towering cliff line that conceals one of the most interesting rock formations in the park. Our path to the top of the bluff will pass up the Kitty Crack, a narrow tunnel that twists and turns through the rock. From there, we’ll descend the Catstairs and make our way back to the Old Settlers Trail. This off trail hike is rated difficult.

    Leaders: David Sands and Ken Wise

    To register, contact the leader directly via email, text or phone. You can find contact information in the February 2023 newsletter writeup for this hike.

    • 02/25/2023
    • 9:45 AM
    • Pogue Creek Canyon parking area, Jamestown, TN 38556
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    For this hike, we will explore the Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area, near Pickett State Park. Starting with one arm of the Overlook Loop, we will visit the Pogue Canyon Overlook, then hike the new trail down off the plateau, where we will ascend and descend small gorges, hike under fabulous sandstone bluffs with unusual geologic formations including a very unique arch. Then we will hike on to a beautiful overlook at the terminus of this in and out hike. On our return, we will close the second half of the Overlook Loop. There are ladders and steep steps involved on this trail. Hike approximately 8-9 miles rated moderate. Rt drive 140 miles RT = $14.00. Meet at Books-a-Million, 310 S. Illinois Ave., Oak Ridge at 8am or at Pogue Creek Canyon parking area at 9:45am.

    Leader: Diane Petrilla

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

    • 03/04/2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • Nantahala National Forest
    • 20

    This work trip will focus on treadway rehab and winter blowdown removal in National Forest between Stecoah Gap and Fontana Dam. Specific locations of work will be based on prioritization of work needed. The SMHC Newsletter will provide details on what to bring and where we will meet.

    Leaders: Randy Bullock and Franklin LaFond
    Leader contact information is included under Additional Information in the email you receive after registration.

    • 04/01/2023
    • 8:00 AM
    • Fontana Dam, GSMNP
    • 20

    This work trip will focus on treadway rehab in the section between Fontana Dam and Campsite 113/Birch Springs. Specific locations of work will be based on prioritization of work needed. The SMHC Newsletter will provide details on what to bring and where we will meet.

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

    • 05/06/2023
    • 8:00 AM
    • Davenport Gap, GSMNP

    This work trip will focus on treadway rehab in the section between Davenport Gap and Mt Cammerer Side Trail. The SMHC Newsletter will provide details on what to bring and where we will meet.

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

    • 06/03/2023
    • GSMNP

    Join us to celebrate our club’s 26th annual NTD event! We are optimistic that in 2023, following a day of good hard work on the Appalachian Trail, that we can gather for a picnic again at Metcalf Bottoms. NTD is an opportunity to work in crews, with experienced maintainers, to see just what goes into those beautiful trials we hike on, and in particular, the maintenance of the A.T., which our hiking club has cared for, for almost 100 years.

    • 07/08/2023
    • 8:00 AM
    • Fontana Dam, GSMNP

    This work trip will support the annual A.T. Konnarock Trail Crew in the National Forest. Each year, volunteers from across the country sign up for this ATC Sponsored summer trail crew for a week at a time, over a 2 week period. The crew will be building a new trail relocation near the Fontana Marina. The crew will be on location for several days, and will base camp in the area. SMHC volunteers that participate for 3 or more days on the project will receive an ATC Trails Crew T-Shirt.

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

    • 08/05/2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • GSMNP

    Each season, several hundred pounds of mulch are needed to help our backcountry privies compost effectively. This work trip will focus on packing mulch to one or more of our backcountry privy locations that is less than 5 miles from the trailhead. Mulch is put in 20lb. bags for carrying. The club has extra backpacking-style backpacks if needed. Anyone available to help is greatly appreciated! Lets go, Mulch Mules!

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

    • 09/09/2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • Cosby Campground Hiker Parking, GSMNP, Cosby, TN

    This work trip will focus on treadway rehab in the section between Mt Cammerer Fire Tower and Camel Gap. Access to the work area will be via the 2.5 mile Low Gap Trail, starting at the Cosby Campground. Specific locations of work will be based on prioritization of work needed.

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

    • 10/07/2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • Newfound Gap, GSMNP

    This work trip will focus on treadway rehab in the section between Newfound Gap to Icewater Springs. This is our most heavily used section of trail, and it sees a lot of wear each season. Specific locations of work will be based on prioritization of work needed.

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

    • 11/04/2023
    • 8:00 AM
    • Sugarlands Visitors Center, GSMNP

    November is time to start winding down the trail maintenance season. This work day will be focused on cleaning, repairing, inventorying, and storing the club’s tools for the winter.

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

Past events

02/04/2023 Will Skelton Greenway Walk
01/28/2023 Norris Dam State Park Lakeview Trail Loop
01/22/2023 Easy Hike: Ijams Nature Center (Sunday)
01/21/2023 Rich Mountain Loop
01/18/2023 Wednesday Hike: Curry Mountain Trail & Meigs Mountain Trail to Campsite #20
01/14/2023 New Member Hike: Abrams Falls from Cades Cove
01/12/2023 Virtual: Leave No Trace with Christine Hoyer
01/11/2023 Wednesday Hike: Big Creek Trail to Campsite #36
01/07/2023 Chestnut Top
01/07/2023 Off Trail Hike: Asbury Trail
12/21/2022 Spicewood Trail to Mart Field or Chimney Top
12/17/2022 Old Settlers Trail from Tyson McCarter Barn to Steiner Bell Manway
12/14/2022 Rich Mountain Loop, Crooked Arm Loop, Indian Grave Gap
12/11/2022 2022 Holiday Banquet
12/03/2022 Ijams Boardwalk and Quarries
11/30/2022 Wednesday Hike: Cooper Road to Little Bottoms Lollipop
11/26/2022 Lead Cove, Bote Mountain, Finley Cane Loop
11/19/2022 Mt. Sterling Loop
11/12/2022 Norris Watershed and Norris Dam State Park
11/12/2022 Off Trail Hike: Meigs Mountain
11/09/2022 Wednesday Hike: Mingus Creek Trail to Deeplow Gap Trail and Beyond
11/05/2022 Oak Ridge North Ridge Trail
11/04/2022 Fontana Lake Clean Up Event
10/30/2022 Easy Hike: Haw Ridge, Scenic East Side Trails along Melton Hill Lake (Sunday)
10/29/2022 Map Marker: Mt. Cammerer via Low Gap and Lower Mt Cammerer
10/29/2022 Off Trail Hike: Miner Stairs of Leadmine Ridge and Mount Cammerer
10/26/2022 Wednesday Hike: Low Gap to Mt. Cammerer Out and back
10/22/2022 Hemphill Bald Loop
10/15/2022 Needles Eye, Big South Fork (Out and Back)
10/08/2022 Map Marker: Hannah Mountain and Rabbit Creek Trails
10/05/2022 Wednesday Hike: Nemo Bridge to Breakaway Bluff and beyond, Cumberland Trail
10/01/2022 AT Work Trip
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.

Smoky Mountains Hiking Club

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Knoxville, TN 37950-1592

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