Thursday, September 18, 2008

New Hiking Club for the Smokies

Looking for some hiking partners? There’s a relatively new hiking group that “meets up” for hikes in Great Smoky Mountains National Park as well as the state parks and national forests in the surrounding area.

The Great Smoky's Hiking Meetup Group isn’t a traditional hiking club. It’s actually part of Meetup, which is the world's largest network of local groups. The Meetup website makes it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face.

The Great Smoky's Hiking Meetup Group is based out of Maryville and Knoxville, but has some members from as far away as Florida.

The group is an open venue where any member can suggest a hike, whether it be an easy or a strenuous hike. They have two or three 'Hike and Camp ' weekend events every year in one of the park campgrounds. They also do backcountry camping, bike rides, river rafting and even sponsor a cookout every now and then.

Although membership is free, the group does appreciate donations to help pay administration costs.

If you would like to learn more about the group, you can visit their website at:

Jeff Detailed information on trails in the Smoky Mountains; includes trail descriptions, key features, pictures, video, maps, elevation profiles, news, hiking gear store, and more.

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