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    • 12/09/2023
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Fox Den Country Club, 12284 N. Fox Den Drive Knoxville, TN 37934
    Registration is closed

    Please join us as we return to Fox Den Country Club for the 2023 SMHC Installation Dinner. Our speaker will be Lucas Coe-Starr, Oak Ridge Birdman. Lucas is a very engaging and interesting speaker.
    Ken Wise will install the new board and provide information about the 2024 Centennial Celebration.

    Oak Ridge High School Quartet, Hot Apple Cider with Cinnamon Sticks and Fruit Punch, Cash Bar

    Welcome, Benediction, Dinner and Fellowship

    Business Meeting, Centennial Celebration Plans, Installation of 2024 Officers

    Guest Speaker Lucas Coe-Starr, Oak Ridge Birdman

    ATMC Awards, 2024 Handbook Distribution, SMHC Merchandise Sales

    Dinner Menu - $35.00 Per Person
    All dinners served with house salad and balsamic dressing, rolls, butter, iced tea, coffee, and water.

    Entree choices (choose one)

    • Chicken Marsala, Whipped Parmesan Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetable Medley
    • Poached Atlantic Salmon, Rice Pilaf, Seasonal Vegetable Medley
    • Vegetarian Delight, Italian Spinach Stuffed Portobello Mushroom Drizzled with Balsamic Glaze, Rice Pilaf Roasted, Seasonal Vegetables 

    Dessert Choices (choose one)

    • Cheesecake with Strawberries
    • Chocolate Cake

    Register and pay online or print and mail the registration form with your payment. The last date for registration is Monday, December 4. If you need assistance with registration, contact Jeannette Gilbert or Adele Soucy. Cancellations must be received by Tuesday, December 5. If cancellations are received later than December 5, meals cannot be refunded. Thank you for your understanding. We look forward to seeing you soon!

    • 12/16/2023
    • 8:30 AM
    • Middle Prong Trail, Tremont, GSMNP

    This hike into the Tremont area of the Smokies begins at the parking lot at the Middle Prong trailhead. We will explore a few sites of the early settlers, logging and CCC camps, and a few railroad company settlements. Walking up the road, we will point out some of the interesting old trails and points of natural interest. The hike will cover about 8 miles of easy walking. Rated moderate due to distance. Meet at Kroger in Alcoa, 244 S. Hall Rd., at the SE end of the building, near the old KARM store, and park around the side of the building at 8:00 am. Alternatively, meet at the trailhead at 8:30 am. Drive 30 miles at $0.70 per mile = $2.80 to carpool. Register on the club website. Leader will meet at the trailhead.

    Leader: Brian Worley

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

    • 12/20/2023
    • 8:45 AM
    • Old Mac trailhead, Frozen Head State Park

    This hike enjoys winter views and an optional fire tower climb. Begin on Old Mac trail (0.3mi) to start Spicewood Trail. Hike Spicewood (2.55 mi) to end at the Chimney Top trail. Turn south (right) (0.95 mi) to Mart Field (a campsite) and a snack break. Return north on Chimney Top (2.00 mi) to the lunch spot at Tub Springs campsite and the junction with both the Frozen Head Tower and North Old Mac Trails. Hikers may hike out and back (0.8 mi, 0.4 mi one way) to climb the Frozen Head tower. Continue north on Chimney Tops Trail (0.25 mi) to turn west, (left) on North Old Mac trail (3.55 mi) and west (right) on Old Mac Trail (0.15 mi) to the parking lot. Total mileage: 10.8 miles, 2,000 feet elevation gain. Rated difficult. To join the carpool, meet at Books A Million in Oak Ridge ready to leave at 8:00 a.m. or, alternatively, meet at Shelter C, Old Mac trailhead at 8:45. Riders pay drivers $3.50 mileage, ($0.07 / mi X 50 miles total).

    Leader: Larry Johnson

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

    • 12/23/2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • Books A Million, Oak Ridge, TN

    The North Ridge Trail in Oak Ridge was orchestrated by the TCWP group in 1970 and is maintained by TCWP volunteers. The trail follows the side of the ridge in a greenbelt area along most of Oak Ridge. We’ll hike the entire length of the trail from East Drive to Mississippi Ave. on the west side as a car shuttle. Hike about 7.4 miles with about 1500 ft elevation gain up and down. Meet at Books a Million parking lot near Salsarita’s at 9:00 am to arrange for car shuttles. Rated moderate.

    Leader: Tim Bigelow

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

    • 12/27/2023
    • 9:15 AM
    • Retro Hughes trailhead, Graysville, TN

    This subsection of the Three Gorges Segment of the Cumberland Trail will be hiked from south to north, starting at the Retro-Hughes trailhead. After walking on the plateau for about 1.5 miles, we descend into Rock Creek Gorge, passing mossy sandstone bluffs. We will cross Rock Creek on a beautiful 80 ft. bridge and make several other branch crossings on bridges. Our turn-around point will be the Legget Point Overlook for a total hike of about 11.5 miles. Rated difficult. Meet at the Lowes in Harriman, (1800 Roane State Hwy. off of 1-40 Midtown, exit 350). Plan to leave Lowes at 7:45 am for a 1 hr 20 minute drive to the trailhead. Or, meet at the Retro Hughes trailhead ready to hike at 9:15 am. Carpool riders plan to pay drivers $8.70 ($0.07 X 124 mi).

    Leader: Larry Johnson

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

    • 12/30/2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • Fort Dickerson parking area, 3000 Ft Dickerson Rd., Knoxville, TN

    Part of the Legacy Parks Foundation/Knoxville Urban Wilderness, hiking in this area takes in Ft Dickerson Quarry Lake, as well as Fort Dickerson. The latter is an earthworks fortification (still existing) built in 1863-64 by the Union Army during the Civil War, and which withstood the Battle of Knoxville. We will meander among the trails near the quarry and the Fort, for a total of about 4-5 miles, discussing the history of this area. Rated Easy. Fort Dickerson is located at 3000 Ft Dickerson Rd., Knoxville, TN. Meet at the parking area at the top of Ft Dickerson Rd., near the earthen fort at 9 am.

    Leader: Eric Keller and Diane Petrilla

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

Past events

12/02/2023 Off Trail Hike: Hornet Treetop
12/02/2023 Off Trail Hike: Dudley Creek History Hike
11/30/2023 SMHC Centennial Beer Launch Party
11/29/2023 Wednesday Hike: Lakeshore Trail to Campsite 90
11/25/2023 Cumberland Trail from Sarvis Trailhead to Chimney Rock
11/18/2023 New Member Hike: Ijams and Environs
11/18/2023 Off Trail Hike: Panther Stairs
11/11/2023 Sampson Mountain Wilderness, Cherokee National Forest
11/08/2023 Wednesday Hike: North Old Mac, Chimney Top - Frozen Head State Park
11/04/2023 AT Work Trip
11/03/2023 Fontana Lake Clean Up Event
10/28/2023 Mount Cammerer via Chestnut Branch
10/25/2023 Wednesday Hike: Low Gap to Mount Cammerer
10/22/2023 Gibson Gap and Lewis Hollow Trails Cumberland Gap National Historic Park (Sunday)
10/18/2023 Wednesday Hike: Cumberland Trail-Devil’s Breakfast Table
10/07/2023 AT Work Trip
10/07/2023 Off Trail Hike: Fontana Lake and Forney Creek Float and Hike
09/30/2023 Hemphill Bald Loop
09/24/2023 Easy Hike: The Crag at Ijams (Sunday)
09/23/2023 Rich Mountain Loop to John Oliver Cabin
09/23/2023 Off Trail Hike: No-Name Ridge
09/20/2023 Wednesday Hike: Old Settlers Trail
09/16/2023 Lamar Alexander Rocky Fork State Park
09/09/2023 AT Work Trip
09/06/2023 Wednesday Hike: Cooper Road and Hatcher Mountain
09/02/2023 Old Sugarlands, Twin Creeks, and Gatlinburg Loop
08/26/2023 AT-Fork Ridge and Deep Creek Trails
08/19/2023 Easy Hike: UT Arboretum
08/19/2023 Bullhead Trail to Mt. Le Conte, return via Rainbow Falls
08/16/2023 Wednesday Hike: Middle Prong Trail to Indian Flat Falls
08/12/2023 SMHC Annual Election Picnic 2023
08/05/2023 AT Work Trip
08/05/2023 Off Trail Hike: Deep Creek
08/02/2023 Wednesday Hike: Gabes Mountain Trail to Campsite 34
07/29/2023 New Member Hike: Big Creek to Walnut Bottoms
07/26/2023 Wednesday Hike: Little River-Sugarland Mountain Loop via Huskey Gap and Old Road Manway
07/22/2023 Yellow Creek Mountain Trail: Fontana to Tapoco
07/16/2023 Easy Hike: John Oliver Cabin via Rich Mountain Loop Trail (Sunday)
07/15/2023 Rocky Top
07/15/2023 Off Trail Hike: Sweat Heifer Creek
07/12/2023 Wednesday Hike: Rich Mountain Trail to Campsite 6
07/08/2023 AT Work Trip
07/01/2023 Charlies Bunion
06/24/2023 Carvers Gap to Yellow Mountain Gap, Roan Mountain
06/21/2023 Wednesday Hike: Curry Mountain Trail
06/17/2023 Gregory Bald via Gregory Ridge
06/17/2023 Off Trail Hike: Huggins Creek
06/10/2023 South Citico Creek and Jeffery Hell Loop, Cherokee National Forest
06/07/2023 Wednesday Hike: Lumber Ridge Trail
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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