We Explore, Enjoy, and Protect the Great Smokies.

You are always welcome to join our weekly hiking outings 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!

SMHC Outings and Events for April:

6 - Sat: Appalachian Trail Work Trip
7 - Sun: Frozen Head State Park Wildflower Hike
10 - Wed: Bradley Fork To Cabin Flats
13 Sat: Porters Creek Wildflower Hike
14 - Sun: Beech Flats / Old Newfound Gap Rd
20 - Sat: White Oak Sink
21 - Sun: Norris River Wildflower Hike
24 - Wed: Sugarland Mountain / Huskey Gap
27 - Sat: Smokemont Loop- Bradley Fork to Cabin Flats
27 Sat: Bent Arm Manway (Off trail)
27/28- Sat /Sun: New Backpacker Orientation

Our April Newsletter, with hiking outings, work trips, and events. It contains contact information for outing leaders, meeting places and times, outing descriptions, and much more!


National Trails Day, Saturday June 1, 2019
Please join us this June 1, 2019, for our 23rd annual Appalachian Trail Work Day as part of National Trails Day, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A big change this year is that registration is free, but with all the same events: trail maintenance with great people, a picnic with door prizes, and a beautiful commemorative T-shirt. Let's get lots of folks out there this year! Please fill out and mail the registration form as soon as possible to: Diane Petrilla, 167 Liberty Court, Oak Ridge, TN. 37830. See you on June 1!

Here is the information and registration form.

SMHC Appalachian Trail Maintainers' Committee is seeking volunteers for AT maintenance activities.

Our group maintains 102 miles of the AT in the Smokies and the Nantahala National Forest. There are lots of ways to help out, ranging from big projects, such as trail relocations and shelter construction, to easy clipping and waterbar cleaning. You can contribute on whatever level you are ready for. We provide all needed tools and training. It's fun work out in the mountains and it is a vital part of making the Appalachian Trail experience a great one for both dayhikers and thru-hikers alike.

If you'd like to find out more about Appalachian Trail Maintainers Committee volunteer activities, contact us and sign up today.

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