Smoky Mountains

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Code of Ethics

My recreational standards shall inspire me so to conduct myself while hiking - either with the Club or independently - that the pleasure to be had by others shall be a little greater for my acts.


In view of this, it is my duty as a Hiker:

  • To guard the reputation of the Club to the end that no censure will prevent any from enjoying its benefits.
  • To adopt, as my own, the regulations of the National Park Service as applied to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
  • To carry no firearms in the Park, or elsewhere, on any scheduled hike.
  • To protect Nature's beauty and wild life from damage or destruction.
  • To build fires only when necessary, and then with none but dead and down timber.
  • To leave a clean trail, unlittered camp, and a dead fire.
  • To be ready with hiking information and a welcome to visitors.
  • To lighten the burden of the leaders by my hearty cooperation.
  • To contribute, when a leader, to the enjoyment of others by the faithful performance of my duties.
  • To cooperate with the officers of the Club for the betterment of hiking.

This is the historic SMHC Code of Ethics, in existence since the earliest days of the Club.


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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