Smoky Mountains Hiking Club Handbooks

Established in 1924, the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club is the oldest chartered hiking club associated with the Great Smoky Mountains. Two years after its inception, the Club began an unbroken tradition of issuing annual Handbooks which outline the Club’s schedule of hikes and social events for the year. Collectively the Handbooks not only document Club activities, but capture rare descriptions of old trails and manways that traversed the Smokies and other nearby mountains before the advent of the national park and neighboring national forests. In describing the Club’s long involvement in building and maintaining the Appalachian Trail across the Smokies, the Handbooks yield a rich record of changes within the Smoky Mountains themselves while illustrating the subtle changes in hiking conventions through the years.

This digital collection of Handbooks is accompanied by eighty-six photographs donated by Laura E. and Ella Luttrell (MS.0423) that document some of the early adventures of the hiking club. Click here for the finding aid. Other digital collections at the University of Tennessee Libraries containing Smoky Mountains Hiking Club photographs are the Albert “Dutch” Roth Photograph Collection and the Herbert M. Webster Photograph Collection.