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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. Masks are now required for all those participating in carpools, shuttles or key swaps, regardless of vaccination status. You may also choose to drive your own vehicle to the trailhead.
You can make a tax-deductible donation to the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club through our donation form.
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 email@example.com.