Classic Hikes of the Smokies

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The 2017 Classic Hikes of the Smokies in Great Smoky Mountains National Park feature interpretation of the trail, history, and park projects supported by Friends of the Smokies.

Each guided hike is $20 for current members which helps fund the Trails Forever program to complete major trail restoration projects in the park. For new and renewing annual members, $35 includes your first hike and a one-year membership to Friends of the Smokies; subsequent hikes receive the current member discount.

After completing registration, you will receive an email the Friday before the hike with carpool specifics, directions, and more information. If you cannot attend a hike after completing payment, contact  to register for an upcoming hike in the 2017 series. If you have any questions or need to check your membership status, please contact

March 14: Mingus Creek to Mingus Family Cemetery

4.0 miles, 700 ft ascent, easy Features: historic mill and cemetery Highlight: Water Quality Monitoring

April 11: Big Creek

10.0 miles, 1,100 ft ascent, moderately strenuous Features: wildflowers, cascades
Highlight: Treatment of Ash Trees

May 9: Caldwell Fork

9.4 miles, 1,650 ft ascent, moderate
Features: historic Cataloochee Valley, wildflowers Highlight: Elk Bugle Corps

June 13: Charlies Bunion

8.0 miles, 1,650 ft ascent, moderately strenuous Features: views & Appalachian Trail
Highlight: A.T. Ridgerunners

July 11: Alum Cave to LeConte Lodge

10.0 miles, 2,600 ft ascent, strenuous Features: views, historic lodge Highlight: Trails Forever project

August 28-29: Overnight hikes at Fontana Village

Experience the scenic beauty and notable history of this remote area of the park

September 12: Boogerman Trail

7.5 miles, 1,150 ft ascent, moderate Features: historic Cataloochee Valley, elk Highlight: Cataloochee Valley Historic Preservation

October 10: Purchase Knob

7.5 miles, 1,500 ft ascent, moderate
Features: views, Appalachian Science Learning Center
Highlight: McNeil Endowment

November 14: North Shore Road Loop

9.4 miles, 1,350 ft ascent, moderate Features: historic tunnel
Highlight: Brook Trout Restoration

December 12: Little River/Cucumber Gap Trails, Elkmont
7 miles, flat, easy
Features: Historic Elkmont

Highlight: Parks as Classrooms