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!


We are holding limited outings currently for our members.
Publically advertised outings open to the public will restart when pandemic conditions are sufficiciently improved.




The SMHC is sad to accounce the passing of George Ritter, our Director, membership secretary, and chair of the Appalachian Trail Maintainers Committee for many years. George passed away September 27, 2020 at the age of 90. George was the father of our Club president, Diane Petrilla. There are no words to express our loss. George was a distinguished, yet humble man, who meant so much to our Club.

Visit George's online memorial here.

George's In Memoriam page with words from Diane.


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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