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    • 10/07/2023

    We'll have a leisurely paddle (bring your own kayak or canoe, maybe a hammock) across Fontana Lake for about an hour to the mouth of Forney Creek. At that point, we'll have several options: fishing in Forney Creek, relaxing at campsite #74, or a four-mile loop hike on Whiteoak Branch. Participants can do one, two, or all three. Our starting point is the Flat Branch Boat Ramp (3200 Greasy Branch Road). Because the route to this boat ramp is long and winding, let's meet at the McDonalds in Bryson City at 9am. From there, we'll drive to the Flat Branch Boat Ramp. (The boat ramp is not in the park, so no parking pass is required.)

    We'll need decent weather to make this trip, so a list of all participants is needed to allow a last-minute cancellation of the trip by the leaders, if necessary.

    Leaders: Greg Hoover and Kindel Page.

    To register, contact the leader directly via email, text or phone. You can find contact information in the October 2023 newsletter writeup for this hike.

    • 10/07/2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • Newfound Gap parking lot, GSMNP

    This month's work trip we plan to move large rock/boulders off the treadway. We will carry needed tools to 1.3 miles where our first efforts will take place. When we have completed this task, we will retreat back to the parking lot while attempting to clear or at least move many rocks/boulders to the side of the treadway. All participants will be asked to carry two tools, except anyone carrying the large rock bar. Tools are provided, unless you prefer to bring your own pick, shovel, sledgehammer or rock bar.

    Meet at 8:25 at Sugarlands Visitor Center (restroom side) where co-leader John Lee will organize a carpool to drive to Newfound Gap. Or drive directly to NFG arriving at 9am for a tailgate safety meeting. Bring plenty to drink, snacks and/or lunch, sturdy footwear, gloves, and rainwear as October's weather is unpredictable at high elevations. Hope to be back at the parking lot by 2pm.

    Please call leaders Mark and Janet Snyder at 865 448-1183 or co-leader John Lee at 815 549-5096, thus we will know what tools to bring. *UT is not playing this weekend.

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

    • 10/14/2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • 10/15/2023
    • Fontana Village Resort Marina Trailhead Parking, Fontana Dam, NC 28733

    We will meet at 9:00 am in the backpacker parking area on the Fontana Marina Docks to begin the backpacking trip. After collecting everyone, we will walk down to the docks and take the ferry across Fontana Lake to Hazel Creek. From the Hazel Creek unloading area we will hike up Hazel Creek 5.3 miles to Backcountry Campsite 83. After setting up camp, we will walk up Bone Valley trail for 1.8 miles to the cabin, graveyard, and ruins at the top of the trail and then return to camp for the night. Please note that there are five water crossings on Bone Valley. Early the next morning we hike back down to Fontana and take the ferry back to our cars. If you are interested in this backpacking event you will need to make a ferry reservation and a backcountry reservation before the day we leave. The distance from Knoxville to Fontana is approximately 65 miles. Travel time is about 1 1⁄2 hours.

    Email the hike leader for details on costs, making reservations and the meetup location. Register at

    Leader: Steve Dunkin

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

    • 10/18/2023
    • 8:30 AM
    • Devil’s Breakfast Table, Otter Creek Rd, Lancing, TN

    For this beautiful Fall hike on the CT, we will set up a car shuttle, leaving cars at the Devil’s Breakfast Table, then drive to our trailhead on Peavine Rd. We hike approximately 8 miles north, exploring some short spur trails to stunning overlooks of the Daddy’s Creek Gorge. We will also admire the very impressive stonework that went into building this section of trail. We have confirmation that there are no hunts in Catoosa WMA on this date, and that we can access the DBT. Wearing orange is your choice. Rated Moderate. Meet at Lowes in Harriman, 1800 Roane State Hwy at 7:30 am or at the Devil’s Breakfast Table, Otter Creek Rd., Lancing at 8:30 am. Drive 50 miles RT {@$.10/mile = $5.00}.

    Leaders: Diane Petrilla and Dan Feller

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

    • 10/22/2023
    • 8:00 AM
    • Hardee’s, 107 Buffalo Road, Clinton, TN

    We will explore an interesting area on a beautiful autumn day. This hike will begin on the Gibson Gap Trail, also known locally as the Boy Scout Trail, in the Cumberland Gap National Historic Park. After a long traverse, we will quickly climb to the top of the prominent ridge that formed such a formidable barrier to the early settlers of the region, where we will head west to connect with the Lewis Hollow Trail to return to the trailhead, forming a loop of about 10.5 miles. Rated moderate. Meet at Hardee’s-107 Buffalo Road, Clinton, TN. Exit 122 off I-75. Turn left off the exit ramp then left at the first red light. Leave at 8 a.m. Driving distance to our destination is 57 miles. At $0.10 per mile, suggested reimbursement to driver = $11.40. Driving time 1hr 15 min.

    Leader: Brian Worley

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

    • 10/25/2023
    • 8:45 AM
    • Low Gap trailhead, Cosby hiker parking, GSMNP

    For our annual Mount Cammerer hike, we will start at the Cosby trailhead parking area, taking Low Gap Trail for a steep but beautiful climb up to the AT. Then we will head north on a short stretch of the AT, until we reach the Mount Cammerer spur trail. The Mount Cammerer Fire Tower, restored and picturesque, offers stunning 360 degree views of the surrounding mountains, which will hopefully be showing some Fall color. Elevation gain 2800 ft. 11.4 miles. Rated Difficult. Meet at Cracker Barrel, Strawberry Plains exit, at 7:30 am or at Low Gap TH at 8:45 am. Drive 115 miles RT {@ 0.10/mile = $11.50}.

    Leaders: Diane Petrilla and Dan Feller

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

    • 10/28/2023
    • 8:30 AM
    • Chestnut Branch trailhead, Big Creek Rd, GSMNP

    There are outstanding views to be found by hiking to the Mount Cammerer fire tower. We’ll start at the Big Creek Ranger Station and follow the Chestnut Branch Trail to its junction with the AT, then turn left onto the AT and continue climbing to the Mount Cammerer Trail junction. A right turn and a half-mile hike will bring us to the impressive Mount Cammerer Lookout Tower and beautiful 360-degree views of the mountains. We’ll return the way we came. Hike is 12 miles with 3300 feet elevation gain, rated difficult. To carpool, meet at the Cracker Barrel off the Strawberry Plains exit 398 of I40 (1510 Cracker Barrel Lane), ready to leave at 7:30am {drive: 110 miles RT @ 10¢/mile = $11.00}. Or meet at the Chestnut Branch trailhead (at the hiker parking lot) at 8:30am. The leader will meet the group at the trailhead, not the carpool site.

    Leader: Pat Watts

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

    • 11/04/2023
    • 8:00 AM
    • Sugarlands Visitors Center, GSMNP

    November is time to start winding down the trail maintenance season. This work day will be focused on cleaning, repairing, inventorying, and storing the club’s tools for the winter.

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

Past events

09/30/2023 Hemphill Bald Loop
09/24/2023 Easy Hike: The Crag at Ijams (Sunday)
09/23/2023 Rich Mountain Loop to John Oliver Cabin
09/23/2023 Off Trail Hike: No-Name Ridge
09/20/2023 Wednesday Hike: Old Settlers Trail
09/16/2023 Lamar Alexander Rocky Fork State Park
09/09/2023 AT Work Trip
09/06/2023 Wednesday Hike: Cooper Road and Hatcher Mountain
09/02/2023 Old Sugarlands, Twin Creeks, and Gatlinburg Loop
08/26/2023 AT-Fork Ridge and Deep Creek Trails
08/19/2023 Easy Hike: UT Arboretum
08/19/2023 Bullhead Trail to Mt. Le Conte, return via Rainbow Falls
08/16/2023 Wednesday Hike: Middle Prong Trail to Indian Flat Falls
08/12/2023 SMHC Annual Election Picnic 2023
08/05/2023 AT Work Trip
08/05/2023 Off Trail Hike: Deep Creek
08/02/2023 Wednesday Hike: Gabes Mountain Trail to Campsite 34
07/29/2023 New Member Hike: Big Creek to Walnut Bottoms
07/26/2023 Wednesday Hike: Little River-Sugarland Mountain Loop via Huskey Gap and Old Road Manway
07/22/2023 Yellow Creek Mountain Trail: Fontana to Tapoco
07/16/2023 Easy Hike: John Oliver Cabin via Rich Mountain Loop Trail (Sunday)
07/15/2023 Rocky Top
07/15/2023 Off Trail Hike: Sweat Heifer Creek
07/12/2023 Wednesday Hike: Rich Mountain Trail to Campsite 6
07/08/2023 AT Work Trip
07/01/2023 Charlies Bunion
06/24/2023 Carvers Gap to Yellow Mountain Gap, Roan Mountain
06/21/2023 Wednesday Hike: Curry Mountain Trail
06/17/2023 Gregory Bald via Gregory Ridge
06/17/2023 Off Trail Hike: Huggins Creek
06/10/2023 South Citico Creek and Jeffery Hell Loop, Cherokee National Forest
06/07/2023 Wednesday Hike: Lumber Ridge Trail
06/04/2023 Easy Hike: Fittified Spring in Greenbrier (Sunday)
06/03/2023 National Trails Day
05/28/2023 Joint SMHC-CMC Memorial Day Hike - Gabes Mountain Trail (Sunday)
05/24/2023 Wednesday Hike: Sinking Creek Branch of the East Lakeshore Trail
05/20/2023 Goldmine Trail to Cane Creek Trail
05/13/2023 Lumber Ridge Trail
05/13/2023 Off Trail Hike: Foothills Parkway Right-of-Way from the Glades to Emerts Cove
05/10/2023 Wednesday Hike: Canal & Baker Hollow Branches of the East Lakeshore Trail
05/06/2023 Easy Hike: UT Aboretum
05/06/2023 AT Work Trip
05/06/2023 Off Trail Hike: Rocky Crag
04/29/2023 Little River Trail and Cucumber Gap Loop Hike
04/22/2023 Norris River Bluff Trail - New Member Hike
04/19/2023 Wednesday Hike: AT, Dry Sluice, Grassy Branch, Sweat Heifer Loop
04/15/2023 Wildflower Loop Hike at Frozen Head State Park
04/15/2023 Off Trail Hike: Wilson Falls
04/08/2023 Map Marker: Little Cataloochee Trail to Pretty Hollow Campsite 39
04/05/2023 Wednesday Hike: Ace Gap Trail to Campsite 3 on Beard Cane Trail
04/04/2023 Easy Hike: Norris Watershed (Tuesday)
04/01/2023 AT Work Trip
03/29/2023 Wednesday Hike: Bradley Fork to Cabin Flats
03/26/2023 Easy Hike: Middle Prong Trail in Tremont (Sunday)
03/25/2023 Laurel Snow State Natural Area
03/25/2023 Off and On Trail Hike: Crooked Arm Branch
03/18/2023 Abrams Falls from Cades Cove - New Member Hike
03/15/2023 Wednesday Hike: Cosby Connector Trails (Map Marker Hike)
03/11/2023 Elkmont Loop
03/04/2023 AT Work Trip
02/25/2023 Pogue Creek Canyon
02/25/2023 Off Trail Hike: The Catstairs
02/18/2023 Elkmont to Tremont or to Metcalf Bottoms
02/15/2023 Wednesday Hike: Mt. Cammerer from Davenport Gap via the AT
02/11/2023 East Tellico Lakeshore Trail, Sinking Creek and Lotterdale Branch
02/08/2023 Wednesday Hike: Pickett State Park Loop
02/04/2023 Will Skelton Greenway Walk
01/28/2023 Norris Dam State Park Lakeview Trail Loop
01/22/2023 Easy Hike: Ijams Nature Center (Sunday)
01/21/2023 Rich Mountain Loop
01/18/2023 Wednesday Hike: Curry Mountain Trail & Meigs Mountain Trail to Campsite #20
01/14/2023 New Member Hike: Abrams Falls from Cades Cove
01/12/2023 Virtual: Leave No Trace with Christine Hoyer
01/11/2023 Wednesday Hike: Big Creek Trail to Campsite #36
01/07/2023 Chestnut Top
01/07/2023 Off Trail Hike: Asbury Trail
12/21/2022 Spicewood Trail to Mart Field or Chimney Top
12/17/2022 Old Settlers Trail from Tyson McCarter Barn to Steiner Bell Manway
12/14/2022 Rich Mountain Loop, Crooked Arm Loop, Indian Grave Gap
12/11/2022 2022 Holiday Banquet
12/03/2022 Ijams Boardwalk and Quarries
11/30/2022 Wednesday Hike: Cooper Road to Little Bottoms Lollipop
11/26/2022 Lead Cove, Bote Mountain, Finley Cane Loop
11/19/2022 Mt. Sterling Loop
11/12/2022 Norris Watershed and Norris Dam State Park
11/12/2022 Off Trail Hike: Meigs Mountain
11/09/2022 Wednesday Hike: Mingus Creek Trail to Deeplow Gap Trail and Beyond
11/05/2022 Oak Ridge North Ridge Trail
11/04/2022 Fontana Lake Clean Up Event
10/30/2022 Easy Hike: Haw Ridge, Scenic East Side Trails along Melton Hill Lake (Sunday)
10/29/2022 Map Marker: Mt. Cammerer via Low Gap and Lower Mt Cammerer
10/29/2022 Off Trail Hike: Miner Stairs of Leadmine Ridge and Mount Cammerer
10/26/2022 Wednesday Hike: Low Gap to Mt. Cammerer Out and back
10/22/2022 Hemphill Bald Loop
10/15/2022 Needles Eye, Big South Fork (Out and Back)
10/08/2022 Map Marker: Hannah Mountain and Rabbit Creek Trails
10/05/2022 Wednesday Hike: Nemo Bridge to Breakaway Bluff and beyond, Cumberland Trail
10/01/2022 AT Work Trip
09/24/2022 AT Family Hike: Sugarland Mountain Trail to Indian Gap
09/23/2022 Easy Hike on UT Agriculture Campus
09/17/2022 Twin Arches at Big South Fork
09/17/2022 AT Work Trip
09/17/2022 Backpack from Cades Cove to Spence Field Shelter
09/14/2022 Wednesday Hike: Jakes Creek, Cucumber Gap, Little River, and CS 23 to Goshen Prong Trail
09/10/2022 Fontana Lake and Hazel Creek Paddle
09/07/2022 Wednesday Hike: Jakes Creek and Meigs Mountain Trails to CS 19
09/03/2022 Jackson Bend Branch of the East Lakeshore Trail
08/28/2022 Map Marker: Noland Creek and Lower Noland Divide Trails
08/27/2022 Easy Hike: UT Arboretum
08/24/2022 Wednesday Hike: Middle Prong Trail to Indian Flats Falls
08/20/2022 AT Work Trip
08/20/2022 Map Marker: Long Bunk and Little Cataloochee Trails
08/13/2022 SMHC Annual Election Picnic 2022
08/10/2022 Wednesday Hike: Gabes Mtn, Henwallow Falls and CS34
08/06/2022 Off Trail Hike: LeConte, Roaring Fork, Basin Spring
07/30/2022 Bald River Falls
07/23/2022 Map Marker: Welch Ridge-High Rocks-Bear Creek
07/20/2022 Wednesday Hike: Fighting Creek Gap-Elkmont Loop
07/16/2022 Thomas Divide Trail to Campsite 52
07/16/2022 Off Trail Hike: Drinkwater Pool
07/13/2022 Wednesday Hike: Rich Mountain
07/09/2022 AT Work Trip
07/02/2022 Forks of the River
06/25/2022 Clingmans Dome to Newfound Gap
06/22/2022 Wednesday Hike: Metcalf Bottoms, Little Brier Gap, Little Greenbrier and Laurel Falls Trails
06/18/2022 Gregory Bald via Gregory Ridge
06/12/2022 Easy Hike: Lower Mt Cammerer Trail to Sutton Ridge Overlook
06/11/2022 Spicewood-Chimney Top Loop, Frozen Head State Park
06/11/2022 Off Trail Hike: Frowning Rock Prong
06/08/2022 Wednesday Hike: Lumber Ridge to Meigs Mountain to Campsite 19
05/29/2022 Fork Ridge and Noland Divide Trails with Carolina Mountain Club
05/25/2022 Wednesday Hike: Canal and Baker Hollow, East Lakeshore Trail
05/21/2022 Beech Gap to Bob’s Bald
05/14/2022 Ace Gap Trail
05/14/2022 Map Marker: Deep Creek
05/14/2022 Off Trail Hike: Kuwahi Scar and Rattler Branch
05/11/2022 Wednesday Hike: Sinking Creek, East Lakeshore Trail
05/07/2022 AT Work Trip
04/23/2022 Cosby and Big Creek Backpack
04/23/2022 Black Mountain to Ozone Falls
04/23/2022 Off Trail Hike: Bent Arm Manway
04/20/2022 Wednesday Hike: Shuckstack Mountain
04/16/2022 Panther Branch and Old North Mac Flower Hike
04/13/2022 Wednesday Hike: Ace Gap Trail to Beard Cane Trail to CS3
04/10/2022 Porters Creek
04/09/2022 Off Trail Hike: Courthouse Rock and Quilliam Cave
04/02/2022 AT Work Trip
03/30/2022 Wednesday Hike: Cumberland Trail - Hwy 68 to Black Mountain
03/26/2022 Easy Hike: UT Arboretum
03/26/2022 Rich Mountain Loop
03/26/2022 Off Trail Hike: Blindside Ridge
03/19/2022 Bradley Fork to Cabin Flats
03/16/2022 Wednesday Hike: Laurel Snow State Natural Area—Laurel Falls and Buzzard Point Overlook
03/12/2022 Chestnut Top
03/05/2022 AT Work Trip
03/05/2022 Off Trail Hike: Little Cataloochee
02/27/2022 Easy Hike: Gallaher Bend Greenway
02/26/2022 Abrams Falls from Abrams Creek Ranger Station
02/26/2022 Off Trail Hike: Old Settlers Trail via Big Copeland Creek
02/19/2022 New Member Hike: Rainbow Falls
02/12/2022 Mill Creek and Loyston Point at Norris Lake
02/12/2022 Off Trail Hike: Heintooga Bike & Hike
02/09/2022 Wednesday Hike: Lead Cove/Bote Mountain/Thunderhead
02/05/2022 Old Sugarlands/Twin Creeks/Gatlinburg Trails
02/02/2022 Wednesday Hike: Stinging Fork Falls Section of Cumberland Trail
01/29/2022 Tellico Lakeshore Trail
01/26/2022 Wednesday Hike: West Prong / Bote Mountain / Finley Cane / Lead Cove
01/22/2022 North Boundary Greenway
01/16/2022 Ijams Nature Center
01/15/2022 Little River – Cucumber Loop
01/12/2022 Wednesday Hike: Bird Mountain / Lookout Tower / South Old Mac Loop at Frozen Head State Park
01/08/2022 Alcoa Greenway
01/01/2022 Seven Islands State Birding Park
12/12/2021 House Mountain
12/11/2021 Easy Hike: Wheat Community and Black Burial Grounds
12/08/2021 Wednesday Hike: Frozen Head State Park: Spicewood Trail to Mart Field or Chimney Top
12/04/2021 Spence Field and Russell Field Loop
12/01/2021 Wednesday Hike: Rich Mountain Loop
11/27/2021 Norris Watershed and State Park
11/20/2021 Smokies History Hike
11/13/2021 Easy Hike: Lily Bluff Overlook of the Obed River and Boulder Field Trail
11/13/2021 Off Trail Hike: Panther Stairs
11/10/2021 Wednesday Hike: Lakeshore Trail to CS90
11/07/2021 AT Work Trip
11/03/2021 Wednesday Hike: Brushy Mountain
10/30/2021 Mount Cammerer
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 AT Work Trip
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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