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We Explore, Enjoy, and Protect the Great Smokies.

Our Club members are passionate about hiking! Our missions also include education about the outdoors and advocacy for crucial conservation issues. In addition, we proudly maintain 102 miles of Appalachian Trail in the Smokies and Nantahala National Forest. 

Join one of our weekly hikes 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 welcome visitors on our hikes. Please click here to read our updated COVID guidelines. 

Smoky Mountains Hiking Club celebrates 100 years in 2024!

SMHC CENTENNIAL BEER - Continuing the Celebration!

Smoky Mountains Hiking Club and Albright Grove Brewing are continuing to offer a taste of the SMHC Centennial with a beer tapping party at the Peaceful Side Social in Townsend, TN, 7967 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy, on December 15, 2023 from 4:30-6:30PM.

Our beer features the SMHC logo, and honors SMHC with a summary of the Club's purpose and history. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the beer will be donated to the Club.

As for the beer's name (insert drum roll here) - it's "The Lost Hiker" - a name submitted by a club member and picked by the proprietor of Albright Grove Brewing. We appreciated the suggestions for the name, and it was a tough decision, but we were influenced by the guy who knows how to sell beer! The beer will be available through the year, and Albright Grove Brewing will also offer beer glasses for sale with the logo, again with a portion of the proceeds donated to the Club. The Lost Hiker beer is a dry-hopped pilsner, brewed with German barley with just a touch of wheat, followed with a heavy hand of Czech Saaz and New Zealand Wai'iti hops. Noble, floral aromas with just a touch of citrus. Come join the party!

Previous announcements

WBIR recently met with Club members and published an excellent story covering the history of the Club and our Centennial Celebration plans. Be on the lookout in the coming months as we publish more information here and in the SMHC Newsletter about all of the special events planned for 2024! Read the story here

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Special thanks to Dick Ketelle, Ann Farrar and Randy Mitchell for sharing their photographs with us to be featured on the site. If you have some hiking or trail maintenance photos that you'd like to share, send them to

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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