What we're about

Our group organizes and participates in hikes and outdoor activities covering the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and East Tennessee Parks, National Forests, and other venues as suggested by members. This group is based out of the Maryville and Knoxville TN area, some members from as far away as Florida. We have hikes and adventures planned for almost every Saturday and Sunday every month and anyone interested in joining us is more than welcome to join. We are an open venue with suggestions for hikes from light to strenuous hikes from all members of the group. As the weather gets warmer, we do organize some evening moonlight walks or hikes as an alternative to the day hikes. We have two or three 'Hike and Camp' weekend events every year in one of the Park campgrounds. And if you enjoy back country camping, we do that also, but the spaces on those usually fill up fast due to back country permit availability. Hiking, rock climbing, skiing, biking, river rafting and a cookout thrown in every now and then! This is a great way to exercise, appreciate nature and meet some new people. We are lot of fun, so join up!!!

Please go to the 'About' menu option on the GSHAG home page to learn more before you join our group, or click the following link on a desktop or laptop.

https://www.meetup.com/Great-Smokies-Hiking-Adventure-Group/

----You must have a clear, current, close up, face forward, head and shoulders *only* photo of you, for your profile photo, and list it as your main photo to join---- Only one person in the photo please ...You! - so we can recognize you at events!

Upcoming events (4+)

Clinch River Float

Needs a location

With it getting a little warm it's time to cool off with a float. This will be a 10 1/2 mile float (good current with little paddling) on a dam release river. Mostly a flatwater paddle with a few ripples. The water will be cold +/-55 degrees. TWRA does require life jacket and prohibits alcohol on these rivers. This does typically take all day so bring water, snack/lunch, sunscreen and whatever else you will need to be out on the water. Best boats for this river section are 10 to 14 feet flat water kayaks or canoes, I do not recommend any tubes or inflatable kayaks that you will be in the water. (The water is too cold to remain submerged for any extended period of time)

PLEASE check the meeting time the night before. TVA may alter the dam release schedule and we will need cancel or change the time we meet. This float is not fun without water.

LOCATION
We will meet at the boat ramp on HWY 61 near Clinton. Drop off cars at the takeout and load any kayaks that will need to be shuttled to the put-in at Millers Island.

LATECOMERS AND "NO-SHOWS"
It’s important that everyone is on time (or early). You wouldn't want to get left behind because you’re running late. If your plans change and you can’t come on the hike please remember to change your RSVP so we’re not waiting for you or looking for you.
*** Failure to change your RSVP or let us know at least an hour ahead of the hike's start time qualifies as a 'No-Show' for me, and you may not be able to hike with me in the future. ***

LIABILITY WAIVER
Hikers will assume all responsibility for their own well-being throughout the hike. While paddlers may choose to paddle as a group, they should not assume that event leaders or other paddlers will provide any aid, support, or guidance during the trip, and all paddlers should plan to be self-supporting throughout the entire trip. (See additional info below)

FULL DISCLAIMER
Meetup organizers/leaders are not guides. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were paddle alone. You are solely responsible for your own safety and well-being.
By signing up for and/or attending this Meetup event you acknowledge, understand, accept, and agree that paddling and other activities can be dangerous and can cause serious bodily injury and possible death. The organizers of this group and current and former members cannot be held responsible or liable in any way for the actions of any participant-including you- at any event.
All attendees participate at an event at their own risk and are solely responsible for any damage to their property and/or any injury to themselves or their guests. By signing up for this event you affirm that you understand this disclaimer and that you knowingly and voluntarily agree not to bring any type of claim arising out of or related to this Meetup event against Randy Harness, the organizer of this event.

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Melody's Last Hike! - Jakes/Panther Cr - 8 Miles - Moderately Difficult

*** PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE POSTING BEFORE SIGNING UP ***

THE EVENT
Come help us celebrate the completion of Melody's first "900 Mile" Map! We'll hike up Jakes creek and down Panther Creek for a Moderately Difficult 8 miles. Note that the crossing at the end of Panther Creek will likely be wet, and may require a wade, depending on recent rainfalls.

** This is a companion hike to Dan's Last Hike, which will begin right after this one ends. **

QUALIFICATIONS
We get requests for medium and high intensity hikes from those trying to build up their endurance and stamina, and increase their ability to do longer distance, higher elevation hikes. This hike is a step up from the easier hikes we have posted for intermediate hikers, but is a good option to stretch yourself a bit based upon your current abilities and goals. Trail ratings above Easy assume the hiker is in good trail condition.

You should be comfortable hiking a[masked] mph pace for a good distance. If you are regularly hiking 5-6 miles with[masked] feet of elevation change this hike may be the right challenge for you. It's a good opportunity to stretch your distance a bit and add some sustained elevation gain (which may open up more hiking events for you) if you think you're ready for that.

DETAILS
We'll meet at the Middle Prong TH parking lot, 3.1 miles past the Tremont Institute, at 8:00 and do a quick gear check. Then we'll shuttle over to the Jakes Creek trailhead at Elkmont. We'll do a 3+ mile climb up Jakes Creek trail, climbing 1800' at 500 fpm, until we reach the Panther Creek junction. Then we'll continue 2+ miles down trail to the Panther Creek crossing at the Lynn Camp Prong river, dropping 1400+ feet along the way. A quick 2+ miles back to the TH gets us to about 8 miles on the day.

This hike is rated Moderately Difficult because of the overall length, and the constant uphill slope for 3.5 miles of the hike. We should be off trail around noon or so.

*** Panther Creek may be too deep and wide to rock hop, so plan on getting your feet wet. ***

WHAT TO BRING
We always suggest carrying the 14 Essentials when going onto the woods. You can download a pdf file that discusses these essentials.

Because it’s the Smokies, we need to always be mindful of the weather and bring an extra insulation layer and waterproof outer layers, water and lots of snacks to be safe.

** You may want to bring a lunch, hiking poles, and water crossing shoes or water socks for the creek crossing at the Panther Creek TH. **

LATECOMERS AND "NO-SHOWS"
It’s important that everyone is on time (or early). You wouldn't want to get left behind because you’re running late. If your plans change and you can’t come on the hike please remember to change your RSVP so we’re not waiting for you or looking for you.

*** Failure to change your RSVP or let us know at least an hour ahead of the hike's start time qualifies as a 'No-Show' for me, and you may not be able to hike with me in the future. ***

NAVIGATION AIDS

Jakes/Panther Creeks Map

Jakes/Panther Creeks Profile

Jakes/Panther Creeks .gpx file
[download only - for import into navigation software programs]

Trail Slope Key

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Beginner Hikes - Middle Prong Trail - 2 Options -- 5/8 Miles Easy/Moderate

*** PLEASE READ THE WHOLE EVENT POSTING BEFORE YOU RSVP ***

THE EVENT
This is a good beginner hike on an old road bed along the Lynn Camp Prong River, with a modest elevation gain, and scenic views of the river and a shaded canopy all the way up.

QUALIFICATIONS
Hikers should be comfortable hiking 4-6 miles, on a modest grade, at a[masked] mph pace, which is a normal walking pace, or a little faster.

DETAILS
We will meet at the Middle Prong TH at 8:00, do a quick gear check, and then divide up into multiple independent hiking groups. We will need co-leaders for each option. When you RSVP, please pick only ONE option, so that we can plan for the number co-leaders needed.

OPTIONS
Option 1 - 5 miles +/- 700' - Easy
We will hike SE along the beautiful Lynn Camp Prong for about 2.3 miles to the junction with Panther Creek, climbing 700' at a modest 300+ fpm slope. We'll reverse back to the parking lot and should be off trail by noon or so.

Option 2 - 8 miles +/-1300' - Moderate
Hikers will complete O1 and then continue up the MP trail 1.8 more miles to the Lynn Camp/Greenbrier junction, climbing nearly 1300', at a gentle 300 fpm grade. Hikers will want to take a quick side trip to Indian Flats Falls before heading back to the cars, and be off trail by early-afternoon.

WHAT TO BRING
We always suggest carrying the 14 Essentials when going onto the woods. You can download a pdf file that discusses these essentials.
Because it’s the Smokies, we need to always be mindful of the weather and bring a waterproof outer layer, at least a liter of water, and a few snacks.

WEATHER CONDITIONS
We're in the summer season in the Smokies, where afternoon thunderstorms are normal, and a chance of showers can occur at any time during the day.

LATECOMERS AND "NO-SHOWS"
Don't be late - we may not wait.

If your plans change and you can’t come on the hike please remember to change your RSVP so we’re not waiting for you.

** Failure to change your RSVP, or let us know in the Comments at least an hour ahead of the hike's start time qualifies as a 'No-Show' for me, and you may not be able to hike with me in the future. **

NAVIGATION
Middle Prong Hikes Map
Middle Prong Profile
Middle Prong GPS file [.gpx] [download only]

Trail Slope Key

Dan M's Last Hike! -- Roundtop - 8 miles +900' / -1500' -- Moderate

Needs a location

*** PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE POSTING BEFORE SIGNING UP ***

OVERVIEW
Come help us celebrate the completion of Dan's first "900 Mile" Map,
with an "opportunity" to finish Roundtop trail with one of the widest, and sometimes deepest, creek crossings in GSMNP, depending on recent rains. It's not a difficult trail, but it does climb 900 feet over 3+ miles, at a gentle 300 feet-per-mile slope.

** This is a companion hike to Melody's Last Hike, which will end right before this one begins. **

QUALIFICATIONS
Hikers should be comfortable hiking a[masked] mph pace with[masked] feet of elevation change for 6-8 miles.

DETAILS
We will meet at the Townsend Wye at 12:30 pm (see the Google Maps link below or click on the nearby Google Map), do a quick gear check and then split into faster and slower sub-groups, each with their own leaders. Parking is limited at the TH, so we'll be shuttling over to Roundtop in as few cars as possible.

** Some of us will be coming from Melody's Last Hike and may be delayed. **

THE HIKE
Metcalf - Roundtop +900 /-1500' - 8 miles - Moderate (Pink Line)

We'll hike generally SW for nearly 8 miles, initially climbing 900' at an easy 300 fpm slope, before dropping 1500' along the way. Depending on recent rains the river could be ankle or knee deep, or up to our waist, with a flow rate that is not threatening. (Anything above that will have probably resulted in us re-scheduling the hike.) We should be off trail by 5:00.

*** Water crossing shoes or Crocs are required, and hiking poles are highly recommended. We may have some extra to lend if you remind me in the parking lot. A towel and a change of clothes are suggested. ***

WHAT TO BRING
Bring a day bag, with at least one liter of water, snacks/lunch, and a hat. Lunch on the trail.

We always suggest carrying the 14 Essentials when going onto the woods. You can download a pdf file that discusses these essentials.

We'll hike rain or shine (and it IS the Smokies). Rain gear is optional.

LATECOMERS AND NO-SHOWS
It's important for everyone to be early, or at least on time. We would hate to leave a hiker behind because they are running late. (It happens)

If your plans change and you can't come on the hike, please remember to change your RSVP at least an hour before the event begins, so you don't wind up on my "No-Fly" list.

*** Failure to do so qualifies as a "No-Show" with me and you may not be allowed to join future hikes or backpacking trips. ***

NAVIGATION AIDS
Location of the Meeting Place => https://tinyurl.com/wjhn8s

Roundtop Map

Roundtop Elevations Profile

Roundtop GPS (gpx) file (download only)

Trail Slope Key

Event Leader
Lane DeCost - 900 miler, AT Section hiker, SAR Volunteer

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