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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!!!

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

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Upcoming events (5+)

Let's Explore Maude's Crack, and Pogue Creek Canyon FUN

This hike is a 3M hike "Map Markers Must," we are banging all the trails in the BSF, lets mark it Peeps. Maude’s Crack is named for Minnie “Maude” Roysden, who is buried in Terry Cemetery where the hike begins. As the story goes, Roysden discovered the fissure in the cliff line when taking lunch to her husband and his fellow timber cutters, who were logging in the river gorge. The men couldn’t understand how Roysden could get the food from her home atop the plateau to the gorge while it was still warm, until she told them about the natural passageway she had discovered through the cliff line. Maude’s Crack is a natural passageway through the cliff that lines the BSF gorge. It is a fissure, created by time and erosion, that makes it possible for persons — and animals — to get from the top of the cliff to the bottom, making it one of the few places along this stretch of the gorge where entry and exit are possible. Take S.R. 297 west to its intersection with S.R. 154 in Fentress County. Take S.R. 154 north to Divide Road. A right turn will place you on Divide Road (if you come to Pickett State Park, you’ve driven too far north on S.R. 154), and it’s another five miles to Three Forks, where you’ll turn right onto Terry Cemetery Road. Several miles later, the road ends at Terry Cemetery. Hike 8 miles rated moderate, If we have time we will stop at Pogue Creek Canyon! We will hike the loop highlighted in white Meet at Exit 122 on I-75 at Shoney's at 7:00, it is next to Weigles Meetup organizers/leaders are not guides. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking 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 hiking 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 can not be held responsible or liable in any way for the actions of any participant-including you- at any event. All attendees participant 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 the organizers of this Meetup specifically JD Schlandt

Winter Hiking for Beginners – Little River Trail Loop - 5.5 Miles - Easy

Attendance is limited for this hike. First come-first served. This will be an introduction to winter hiking/mini-clinic and beginner hike for those day hikers that are not quite sure how to adapt to winter hiking. We will do some hands-on instruction, demonstrations and discussion as we do a 5.5 mile beginner hike on the Little River Trail near Elkmont Campground. The focus of the mini-clinic will be to provide the basic information, skills and hands-on experience to help hikers become more confident and comfortable hiking in colder weather. Instruction (as we hike) will include basic information on the following: Clothing - Basic requirements for safer hiking in colder weather Packing – Seasonal requirements for safer hiking in colder weather Safety – 14 Essentials, layering techniques, and basic winter first aid DETAILS Hikers can park at the Jakes Creek PL at 8:30 (see Google Maps link) and we'll walk over to the Little River TH together. We stop at the Little River TH for some basic information and quick demonstrations, before hiking about 2.3 miles to the LRT junction with the Cucumber Gap trail. We'll turn back north-west and hike about 2 miles to the Jakes Creek junction, and then turn north for the road walk back to the JC parking lot. Along the way we’ll talk about trail safety in winter, proper clothing selection, proper use of layering and ventilation to limit sweating while hiking, and some basic tips for winter first aid. The total hike is about 5.5 miles round trip with @800 feet of elevation change (about 300‘ per mile up, 500' per mile down) and would be rated Easy due to the modest overall elevation change and slope, and the overall distance. WHAT TO BRING Bring a day bag, with at least one liter of water, snacks, and an extra insulation layer, gloves and a hat, and a good measure of patience as we will be answering lots of questions as we hike. We always suggest carrying the 14 essentials when going onto the woods. You can download a pdf file here that discusses these essentials. https://db.tt/6TXGHbeTsg We'll go rain or shine (and it IS the Smokies), so rain gear is also advised. LATECOMERS AND "NO-SHOWS" Because this type of event has a lot of moving parts it’s important that everyone is on time (or early). We would hate to leave a hiker behind because they’re running late. If your plans change and you can’t come on the hike, please 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' with me, and you may not be able to join my future hiking or backpacking trips *** NAVIGATION AIDS Trail Slope Key ==> (https://db.tt/Z9fgt6Ghbx) Little River Loop Hike Map ==> https://tinyurl.com/vjesjgn Little River Loop Hike Profile ==> https://tinyurl.com/yx4ar9nc Little River Loop Hike .gpx file ==>https://tinyurl.com/vuksx8y Event Leader Lane DeCost - AT section hiker / Search and Rescue team

Winter Hiking for Beginners – Laurel Falls - 7.6 Miles - Moderate

Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Pavilion

Attendance is limited for this hike. First come-first served. This will be a beginner/intermediate hike for those hikers that are not quite sure about winter hiking, but are willing to give it a shot. We will do a 7.5 mile hike from the Laurel Falls TH to Metcalf Bottoms, gaining 1400' over the first 3 miles (about 450' per mile slope). Then it's 4.5 miles downhill from there to the MB parking lot. DETAILS We'll meet at 9:00 at the Metcalf Bottoms picnic area parking lot (see Google Maps link), and arrange some shuttle cars up to the Laurel Falls TH. We'll climb 1.25 miles up to Laurel Falls and stop for a photo opportunity and snack break. We'll continue our climb about 2 more miles, topping out at 3638' at the junction with the Little Greenbrier trail. Then we'll begin our descent heading west, then north and then north-west for about 2.5 miles to the junction with the Little Brier Gap trail. Then we'll continue southwest for 1.5 miles to the junction with the Metcalf Bottoms trail, and .66 miles out to the parking lot. We'll likely break into several groups (faster, normal and slower hikers) as we hike (depending on how many co-leaders I can scrounge up) to allow everyone to hike at their own pace. The total hike is about 7.6 miles round trip with @1400 feet of elevation change (about 450‘ per mile up / 550' per mile down) and would be rated Moderate due to the solid elevation change and slope, and the overall distance. If a hiker is struggling on the way up to Laurel Falls (on the paved trail) they could choose to turn around there and head back to the car. We can discuss options when we meet at Metcalf Bottoms. WHAT TO BRING Bring a day bag, with at least one liter of water, snacks, and an extra insulation layer, gloves and a hat, and a good measure of patience as we may be answering lots of questions about winter hiking as we hike. We always suggest carrying the 14 essentials when going onto the woods. You can download a pdf file here that discusses these essentials. https://db.tt/6TXGHbeTsg We'll go rain or shine (and it IS the Smokies), so rain gear is also advised. LATECOMERS AND "NO-SHOWS" Because this type of event has a lot of moving parts it’s important that everyone is on time (or early). We would hate to leave a hiker behind because they’re running late. If your plans change and you can’t come on the hike, please 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' with me, and you may not be able to join my future hiking or backpacking trips *** NAVIGATION AIDS Trail Slope Key ==> (https://db.tt/Z9fgt6Ghbx) Laurel Falls-Metcalf Bottoms Map ==> https://tinyurl.com/ugg3qrx Laurel Falls-Metcalf Bottoms Profile ==> https://tinyurl.com/qo3no7b Laurel Falls-Metcalf Bottoms .gpx file ==> https://tinyurl.com/yx2r89mh Event Leader Lane DeCost - AT section hiker / Search and Rescue team

After work walk

Riversports at Ijams Nature Center

We’ll stick to mostly green belt trail. Once we gather near the Quarry, we can head toward town or towards Forks the River. I am excited that it will be after daylight savings change, so we will have plenty of sunlight. Also, note that I am recovering from foot surgery, so pace is probably 20-25 minutes/ mile and sticking to paved surfaces or parts that are gravel roadways. Hoping it’s warm, so bring water. We won’t stop for rest or snacks, but okay to snack and walk.

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Devil's Race Track & Tanks Springs -Cumberland Trail

Tanks Springs Trail Head

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