Hiking Clubs in the Knoxville, Tennessee Area

Hiking Clubs in the Knoxville, Tennessee AreaKnoxville, Tennessee is within an hour of Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Pigeon Forge and various state parks and forests. With its mild winter, the area is popular for four-season hiking. If there is snow in the hills, snowshoes often replace hiking boots on outings.

If you wish to find some like-minded outdoors friends, there are a few organizations and clubs dedicated to hiking and other outdoor pursuits in the greater Knoxville region.

Smoky Mountains Hiking Club

Join one-day or multi-day hiking and backpacking trips with the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club (SMHC). The SMHC is based out of Knoxville and trips head into Great Smoky Mountain National Park and other recreation regions of the Southeast.

Guests and out-of-town visitors are encouraged to join the club's outings. Its website keeps updated calendars and schedules of events and trips. Annual fees are minimal and a family rate is available. You must agree to abide by the club's Code of Ethics when you join.

Tennessee Eastman Hiking and Canoeing Club

Founded in 1946 for families and employees of the Eastman Company, the Tennessee Eastman Hiking and Canoeing Club is now open to anyone who has a love of hiking, canoeing and the outdoors. Organized hiking, backpacking, kayaking, climbing and birding trips are among the offerings.

Membership fees are minimal. In addition to the outings, the club organizes weekly trail maintenance parties on various Tennessee trails as part of the club's community commitment. Visitors to the area are welcome to participate in outings if they sign a waiver form prior to the trips.

Sierra Club - Harvey Broome Group

Knoxville is home to a chapter of the Sierra Club, the Harvey Broome Group. The club holds monthly meetings and organizes monthly hiking trips and outings. There are multi-day backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, skiing and birding trips as well as the one-day offerings.

Membership is recorded through the National Chapter, and any Sierra Club member may attend outings or meetings. Other benefits of being in the club include discounted rates on international eco-travel tours as well as organized trail maintenance parties.

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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