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 May:
5 - Sat: Appalachian Trail Work Trip
6 - Sun: Big South Fork: Grand Gap Loop and Angel Falls Overlook
10 - Thurs: Ten Mile Greenway
12 – Sat: Spence Field / Russell Field Loop
16 - Wed: Ace Gap and Beard Cane
19 – Sat: Kanati Fork / Thomas Divide / Newton Bald
19-20 – Sat-Sun: Welch Ridge / Cold Springs Backpack
20 – Sun: Kuwahi Scar Off-Trail
23 - Wed: Rich Mountain Loop, Indian Grave Gap and Crooked Arm Trails
26 - Sat: Ace Gap
28 – Mon (Memorial Day): Cataloochee Divide Trail to Purchase Knob Joint Hike with Carolina Mountain Club
Our May Newsletter, with hiking outings, work trips, and events. It contains contact information for outing leaders, meeting places and times, and outing descriptions.
Here is our June Appalachian Trail Maintainers' Committee Newsletter.
22nd ANNUAL SMOKIES APPALACHIAN TRAIL WORK DAY
Saturday, June 2, 2018
In Celebration Of AMERICAN HIKING SOCIETY's NATIONAL TRAILS DAY ®
Please join us to celebrate National Trails Day at our 22nd Annual Appalachian Trail Work Day in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This event is coordinated by the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club, the Southern Regional Office of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We invite you to participate in helping us take care of the AT in the Smokies. This fun event only comes around once a year, and you don't want to miss it. Please get your registration in as soon as possible. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act, so we have even more reason to celebrate our favorite trail.
Here is the 2018 NTD information sheet and registration form.
The SMHC is now selling copies of Jenny Bennett's Murder at the Jumpoff
The estate of Jenny Bennett has bequeathed the remaining copies of Jenny's first book, Murder at the Jumpoff, to the SMHC.
Bennett, an SMHC Life Member and author, passed away in 2015.
These are new, unopened copies of the book. We are selling them for $10 each, shipping included.
Visit our merchandise page to pick up your copy today!
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.