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    • 10/30/2021
    • 8:45 AM
    • Cosby Campground Hiker Parking Area, GSMNP
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    We will hike the Low Gap Trail to the AT, then head northbound to the Mount Cammerer Trail and enjoy lunch at the lookout tower. Return will be via the same route for a total of 10.4 miles. Rated moderate.

    Meet at the Cosby Campground hiker parking lot at 8:45 AM and be ready to hike at 9:00 AM.

    Pre-registration with the leaders is required. 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.

    Leaders: Jeff and Angela Cooper, jeffcooper100@yahoo.com, 865-804-5065

    • 11/03/2021
    • 9:00 AM
    • Porters Creek Trailhead, Greenbrier, GSMNP
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    We will start in Greenbrier by walking up Porters Creek for a mile (passing the Ownby cemetery) before veering off onto the Brushy Mountain Trail (where we will see the SMHC Cabin). Brushy Mountain, bordered by beautiful old stone walls as we begin, ascends gradually through moist forest, and switchbacks with views as we get higher. At the junction with Trillium Gap, we will walk out to the summit of Brushy Mountain, full of sand myrtle, blueberry and huckleberry (and mud), as well as outstanding views. Return same way. Hike: 11.8 miles, rated difficult, elevation gain about 3,000 ft. Meet at Comcast on Asheville Hwy at 8:00am or at the Porters Creek trailhead in Greenbrier at 9:00am. Drive: 80 miles RT {@5¢=$4}.

    Pre-registration is required. 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.

    Pre-register with Ron Brandenburg

    Leaders: Pat Watts and Ron Brandenburg

    Leader contact information is included under Additional Information in the email you receive after registration.

    • 11/07/2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • ATMC Tool Shed at Sugarland's Maintenance Area (at Gatlinburg Trail trailhead)
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    Anyone interested in helping clean and sharpen the trail tools stored in our new ATMC shed can come up to Sugarland's Maintenance Area and help out. We will provide all the items needed to clean and sharpen our clubs' tools as we prepare for the 2022 trail maintenance year. Drinks and snacks will be provided. This is a great chance to meet fellow maintainers and also an opportunity to see if you might be interested in joining the club's AT maintainers. Bring a pair of work gloves if you have them. Masks are required for this activity.

    Pre-registration is required. 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.

    Leader: Steve Dunkin
    Leader contact information is included under Additional Information in the email you receive after registration.


    • 11/10/2021
    • 9:00 AM
    • Lakeshore Trail trailhead at Fontana Dam (GPS coordinates 35.460976, -83.811035)
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    Starting at Fontana Dam, we’ll hike 5.6 miles to Campsite 90. There will be LOTS of rolling hills along the way, several small stream crossings (one that could be wet if there’s been recent rains), views of Fontana Lake, and interesting artifacts (including at least 3 car bodies). After lunch at the campsite, we’ll return the same way. Hike: 11.2 miles, rated moderately difficult, with elevation gain of 2,100 ft.

    Meet at Walmart Supercenter, far right side of the parking lot, on US 411 south in Maryville at 7:30am, or at the Lakeshore Trail trailhead at Fontana Dam (GPS coordinates 35.460976, -83.811035) at 9:00am. Drive: 96 miles RT {@5¢=$4.80}.

    Pre-registration is required. 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.

    Pre-register with Ron Brandenburg

    Leaders: Pat Watts and Ron Brandenburg

    Leader contact information is included under Additional Information in the email you receive after registration.

    • 11/13/2021
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    This hike begins at the familiar Groundhog Ridge parking area with a climb up one of the branches of Groundhog Creek to the Lower Mount Cammerer Trail. This trail is used to zip around the mountain to Robinson Creek where the narrow valley leads up into the Highlands. The climb then turns toward the Panther Stairs as the trek passes by four nice waterfalls set in a broad almost gentle valley. These gentle slopes give way to the cliffs beneath the Panther Stairs. At this point, the hike becomes a scramble up the open sandstone faces and along narrow spine of Panther Stairs affording excellent views into the Smoky Mountain valleys below. The hike will proceed to the Mount Cammerer Lookout Tower and then return by the old Groundhog Ridge manway. Total trip is 5.2 miles, 3.8 being off trail. Rated difficult. Previous off-trail experience encouraged. Please contact trip leader to get details, including meeting time and place.

    Pre-registration is required. 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.

    Leaders: Greg Harrell and Greg Hoover

    Leader contact information is included under Additional Information in the email you receive after registration.

    • 11/13/2021
    • 10:00 AM
    • Books-A-Million, 310 South Illinois Avenue, Oak Ridge
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    We will learn about this area in Morgan County on this 2-hour leisurely hike.

    Meet at Books-A-Million parking lot, 310 South Illinois Avenue, Oak Ridge, at 10 AM for carpooling.

    Pre-registration with the leader is required. 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.

    Leaders: Jeannette Gilbert and Ray Garrett

    Leader contact information is included under Additional Information in the email you receive after registration.


    • 11/20/2021
    • 9:00 AM
    • First parking area, Greenbrier, GSMNP
    • 7
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    This hike visits numerous home sites within the Park, some with tall standing chimneys. The initial portion of the hike follows the Noisy Creek access path (from US 321) for approximately 0.8 miles to the Old Settlers Trail. We will first visit the Anse Ramsey chimney, one of the tallest in the Park. Then we will follow Old Settlers Trail to the west, following Ramsey Creek and visiting six more home sites. The trail crosses over into the Redwine Creek watershed, where we will visit additional home sites. The final section of the hike follows a well-maintained manway along Redwine Creek back to US 321, with two homesites along the route. Hike about 7.2 miles of which about five miles is trail; nearly all the rest is good manway. Rated moderate.

    This hike will be limited to 12 participants. Meet at Comcast on Asheville Highway at 7:45 am for carpool or meet at the first parking area in Greenbrier at 9:00 am. Note that hike leaders will not be at the Comcast meeting point but will meet everyone at Greenbrier. The driving distance is 88 miles round-trip from Asheville Highway to Greenbrier. Expect to reimburse drivers $6.00 for fuel.

    Pre-registration is required. 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.

    Leaders: Frank March and Ed Fleming

    Leader contact information is included under Additional Information in the email you receive after registration.

    • 11/27/2021
    • 9:00 AM
    • Lenoir Museum, 2121 Norris Freeway, Norris, TN
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    This post-Thanksgiving hike will let us work off a little bit of the turkey and pumpkin pie and enjoy some beautiful fall colors in the Norris Watershed. The Norris Municipal Watershed is a 2300-acre area that is the watershed of Clear Creek, the source of the city’s water supply. Our hike will begin at the Lenoir Museum (Norris Dam State Park) parking area, which is located about 1 mile downstream from Norris Dam on U.S. Hwy. 441. We will hike up Clear Creek Trail and then Dyer Hollow Trail. Next we will climb up to Reservoir Hill through older upland hardwood forest and reverted old fields of yellow poplar. The hike then travels to Observation Point where there is an open view of Norris Dam, the Clinch River, and Walden’s Ridge. We will then descend down Eagle Trail and Cliff Trail, which was constructed by the CCCs in the 30s, to the starting point. The hike will take us through several different forest eco-types, and we will see some of the work done by the CCCs and TVA in the 1930s as part of the Norris Dam Project.

    This hike is 3.7 miles in length and rated easy, with a total elevation gain of about 600 feet. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Lenoir Museum, 2121 Norris Freeway, Norris, TN.

    Pre-registration is required. 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.

    Leader: Debra Barton

    Leader contact information is included under Additional Information in the email you receive after registration.

Past events

10/24/2021 Easy Hike: New Trails at Sharps Ridge Veterans Memorial Park
10/24/2021 Brushy Mountain
10/20/2021 Wednesday Hike: Lost Creek State Natural Area to Virgin Falls
10/16/2021 Shuckstack Fire Tower
10/16/2021 Off-Trail Hike: The Spire
10/09/2021 Fiery Gizzard Trail, South Cumberland State Park
10/06/2021 Wednesday Hike: Ramsey Cascades Out and Back
10/02/2021 AT Work Trip
09/25/2021 AT Family Hike: Davenport Gap and Shelter
09/25/2021 Mount LeConte
09/22/2021 Wednesday Hike: Elkmont Loop to CS23
09/18/2021 Off-Trail Hike: Wilson Falls
09/15/2021 Wednesday Hike: Mount LeConte
09/11/2021 AT Work Trip
09/05/2021 Easy Hike: Urban Wilderness Gateway and Baker Creek
09/04/2021 History Walk: Manhattan Project
08/28/2021 Clingmans Dome to Newfound Gap
08/21/2021 Easy Hike: Tennessee Arboretum
08/21/2021 Hemphill Bald
08/14/2021 SMHC Annual Election Picnic
08/11/2021 Wednesday Hike: Middle Prong Trail to Indian Flats Falls
08/08/2021 A.T. Vista Hike
08/07/2021 AT Work Trip
08/07/2021 Off-Trail Hike: The Gorges
08/04/2021 Wednesday Hike: Gabes Mountain Trail to Campsite 34
07/31/2021 Easy Hike: Little River Trail and Elkmont
07/31/2021 Charlies Bunion
07/28/2021 Wednesday Hike: Little River, Huskey Gap and Sugarland Mtn Trails
07/24/2021 Cumberland Trail to New River & Lick Creek Peak
07/24/2021 Off-Trail Hike: Steeltrap Falls
07/21/2021 Wednesday Hike: Rich Mtn, Indian Grave Gap, and Scott Mtn
07/17/2021 Knoxville Botanical Garden
07/10/2021 AT Work Trip
06/26/2021 Cataloochee Divide
06/19/2021 Gregory Bald via Long Hungry Ridge
06/12/2021 The Rocky Crag, Off-Trail Hike
06/12/2021 Roan Mountain Backpack
06/05/2021 National Trails Day Event
05/31/2021 Memorial Day joint SMHC/CMC hike: Kephart Prong to A.T. by two routes!
05/29/2021 Ramsey Cascade Hike
05/08/2021 Hike - Ace Gap
05/01/2021 Work Trip - AT
04/24/2021 Hike - Black Mountain / Cumberland Trail
04/18/2021 Hike - White Oak Sink
04/17/2021 Hike - Frozen Head Wildflower Hike
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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