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    • 06/07/2023
    • 8:30 AM
    • Lumber Ridge Trailhead, Tremont, GSMNP

    We will hike 8 miles round trip. The elevation for the first part of the hike is 1,200 feet to the ridge with a 2.4-mile assent. Then you go downhill about 200 feet for around 1.6 miles. It’s a hardwood forest. The trail ends at Buckhorn Gap where it intersects the Meigs Mountain trail and Meigs Creek Trail. This trail is rated moderate. Meet at the old Food City 131 Hall Road Alcoa at 8:00 am or the trail head at 8:30 am. Carpool 46 miles roundtrip at 10 cents/miles = $4.60 to the driver.

    Leader: Thomas Welch

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

    • 06/10/2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • Tellico Plains Visitor Center, 225 Cherohala Skyway, Tellico Plains, TN 37385

    We will explore the headwaters of South Citico Creek in the Citico Creek Wilderness on this car shuttle hike along Cherohala Skyway. Cars will be left at Rattlesnake parking area and we will shuttle over to Beech Gap. We begin hiking the Fodderstack Trail along the state line toward Strawberry Knob which is also a portion of the Benton MacKaye trail. In about 2 miles we turn off and head sharply downhill on the South Fork Citico Creek trail. At the bottom of the hill, we meet up with the creek and follow it downstream a ways through the Citico Creek Wilderness area. The trail makes a few crossings of the lovely creek (which could be high if rainy) At the Jeffery Hell trail we turn off and begin hiking back uphill to the Rattlesnake parking area and cars. Hike 6.5 miles with 1500 ft elevation gain. Rated moderate to difficult due to creek crossings and possibly overgrown trail conditions. Meet behind Ruby Tuesday at I-75 Exit 81, Lenoir City at 8:00 am or at Tellico Plains Visitor Center at 9:00 Drive 140 miles RT to trailhead. Carpool @ 10 cents per mile = $14.00 to driver.

    Leader: Tim Bigelow

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

    • 06/17/2023

    Escape the summer heat with an excursion through the wild and rugged Huggins Creek watershed. We'll begin at Clingmans Dome and descend the Forney Creek Trail to Campsite 69, making a quick stop along the way to ride the Forney Slide. At the campsite, we'll leave the trail and turn back uphill, following Huggins Creek for a little over three miles to the AT. There will be plenty of opportunity to get wet as we pass by secret cascades, deep pools, water slides, and one big waterfall. We'll spend a full day exploring one of the most incredible streams in the Smokies. E-mail the leader for meet-up location and time.

    Leader: David Sands

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

    • 06/17/2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • Gregory Ridge Trailhead, Cades Cove, GSMNP

    When the Smokies were being considered for a National Park, one of the areas showcased to Washington dignitaries was Gregory Bald during the blooming of its Flame Azaleas. We will repeat that hike from 99 years ago in hopes of seeing them at their peak colors. We will follow the Gregory Ridge Trail and climb steadily to its junction with the Gregory Bald Trail. From there, it is a short climb to the summit of Gregory Bald. On a very clear day, one can see numerous landmarks including Fontana Lake, Clingmans Dome, and even portions of Knoxville. This hike is 11.3 miles with 3,000 feet elevation gain and rated difficult, due to the unrelenting climb. Meet at the Gregory Ridge trailhead at 9am.

    Leader: Steven Miller

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

    • 06/21/2023
    • 8:30 AM
    • Curry Mountain Trailhead, Metcalf Bottoms, GSMNP

    We will hike round trip 6.6 miles with a climb of 1,500 feet to the junction at Meigs Mountain Trail. Look for patches of crested dwarf iris during the hike. This trail is rated moderate. Meet at the former Food City location at 131 North Hall Road, Alcoa at 8:00 am or the trail head at 8:30 am. Park in Metcalf Bottoms Picnic area. Carpool 52 miles roundtrip at 10 cents/mile = $5.20 to the driver.

    Leader: Thomas Welch

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

    • 06/24/2023
    • Cracker Barrel, 1510 Cracker Barrel Ln, Knoxville, TN 37914

    In the past, the Club has offered this hike primarily as a backpacking weekend with a shuttle. Let’s do a day hike this year! This stretch of the Appalachian Trail is considered by some to be the most scenic in the southeast. There are opportunities to see Catawba rhododendron, Grays lilies, and vast mountain views from expansive grassy balds, including Round Bald, Jane Bald and Grassy Ridge Bald. Although it will be a long day of travel, we’ll start early from Knoxville. Hike 11 miles, in and out. Rated Moderate - Difficult. Meet at Cracker Barrel at Strawberry Plains exit, 1510 Cracker Barrel Lane at 6:30am. RT drive 260 miles = $26 carpool fee.

    Leader: Diane Petrilla

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

    • 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

06/04/2023 Easy Hike: Fittified Spring in Greenbrier (Sunday)
06/03/2023 National Trails Day
05/28/2023 Joint SMHC-CMC Memorial Day Hike - Gabes Mountain Trail (Sunday)
05/24/2023 Wednesday Hike: Sinking Creek Branch of the East Lakeshore Trail
05/20/2023 Goldmine Trail to Cane Creek Trail
05/13/2023 Lumber Ridge Trail
05/13/2023 Off Trail Hike: Foothills Parkway Right-of-Way from the Glades to Emerts Cove
05/10/2023 Wednesday Hike: Canal & Baker Hollow Branches of the East Lakeshore Trail
05/06/2023 Easy Hike: UT Aboretum
05/06/2023 AT Work Trip
05/06/2023 Off Trail Hike: Rocky Crag
04/29/2023 Little River Trail and Cucumber Gap Loop Hike
04/22/2023 Norris River Bluff Trail - New Member Hike
04/19/2023 Wednesday Hike: AT, Dry Sluice, Grassy Branch, Sweat Heifer Loop
04/15/2023 Wildflower Loop Hike at Frozen Head State Park
04/15/2023 Off Trail Hike: Wilson Falls
04/08/2023 Map Marker: Little Cataloochee Trail to Pretty Hollow Campsite 39
04/05/2023 Wednesday Hike: Ace Gap Trail to Campsite 3 on Beard Cane Trail
04/04/2023 Easy Hike: Norris Watershed (Tuesday)
04/01/2023 AT Work Trip
03/29/2023 Wednesday Hike: Bradley Fork to Cabin Flats
03/26/2023 Easy Hike: Middle Prong Trail in Tremont (Sunday)
03/25/2023 Laurel Snow State Natural Area
03/25/2023 Off and On Trail Hike: Crooked Arm Branch
03/18/2023 Abrams Falls from Cades Cove - New Member Hike
03/15/2023 Wednesday Hike: Cosby Connector Trails (Map Marker Hike)
03/11/2023 Elkmont Loop
03/04/2023 AT Work Trip
02/25/2023 Pogue Creek Canyon
02/25/2023 Off Trail Hike: The Catstairs
02/18/2023 Elkmont to Tremont or to Metcalf Bottoms
02/15/2023 Wednesday Hike: Mt. Cammerer from Davenport Gap via the AT
02/11/2023 East Tellico Lakeshore Trail, Sinking Creek and Lotterdale Branch
02/08/2023 Wednesday Hike: Pickett State Park Loop
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

PO Box 51592

Knoxville, TN 37950-1592

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