Classic Hikes of the Smokies – 2020 schedule

January 25, 2020

  • Classic Hike of Smokies Nov. 2015

by Julie Dodd

Join the Classic Hikes of the Smokies in 2020.

Explore new trails.

Meet others FOTS hikers.

Learn about the history and the wildlife of the park.

Boogerman Trail water crossing

A water crossing was part of the experience of a 2017 FOTS Classic Hike of the Boogerman Trail. Photo by Linda Spangler

Help fund FOTS Trails Forever program that restores trails in the park.

The Classic Hikes are the second Tuesday of the month, from March through December. The leader for each hike is an experienced hiker who shares insights about that particular hike.

Pre-Registration is required

You must register in advance. After completing registration, you will receive an email the Friday before the hike with carpool specifics, directions and more information.

All hikes begin at 9 a.m.

The cost is $20 for current FOTS members. Renewing members and non-members pay $35, which includes membership and one hike.

Hike schedule for 2020

March 10
Elkmont Loop
5.1 miles | Easy
Features – historic community and wildflowers
Photo at the top of the blog post is FOTS hikers at Spence Cabin in Elkmont.

log bridge crossing Porters Creek

Hikers cross the two-log bridge across Porters Creek. Photo by Danny Bernstein

April 14
Porters Creek to Fern Falls – Bring a Friend for FREE Day
3.6 miles | Easy
Features – wildflowers and cascades

May 12
Chimney Tops
2.8 miles | Moderate
Features – wildflowers and trail restoration

June 9
Sugarland Mountain
10.9 miles | Moderate
Features – high mountain vistas

Chimney Tops Trail before/after

Chimney Tops Trail before and after Trails Forever restoration. Photos by Josh Shapiro

July 14
Catalooche Divide Trail

6 miles | Moderate
Features – high mountain vistas and the Appalachian Highlands Science Learning Center

August 11
Boogerman Loop
7.4 miles | Moderate
Features – Cataloochee Valley history, old growth poplars, and elk

September 8
A.T. to Mt. Cammerer
11.6 miles | Difficult
Features – historic fire tower and mountain vistas

Hiking group at Andrews Bald

FOTS hiking group at Andrews Bald. Photo by Linda Spangler

October 13
Andrews Bald
3.6 miles | Easy
Features – high mountain vistas, lake views, and early fall colors

November 10
Lost Cove Loop
11.8 miles | Difficult
Features – Fontana Lake and the Appalachian Trail

December 8
Smokemont Loop
6 miles | Moderate
Features – Forest walk and a holiday celebration

2020 Classic Hikes Series Discount

Register for the whole series at the discounted rate of $180. This includes all 10 hikes, which means one hike is FREE!
(Offer ends 3/10/20)
Select Whole Series Special: Register

Restoration of GSMNP trails

The Trails Forever program funds a full-time trail crew to reconstruct and rehabilitate some of the park’s most used trails. In November 2018, the crew completed the two-year restoration of Rainbow Falls Trail and now is restoring Trillium Gap Trail. Other trails restored by Trails Forever include Alum Cave Trail, Chimney Tops Trail and Forney Ridge Trail.

Thanks to sponsors of Classic Hikes of the Smokies 

Smoky Mountain Living