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Muddy Boots Hiking Group

Muddy Boots is a fun and casual group sponsored by New Villagers, but open to all Villagers.  Each month we undertake an easy-to-moderate hike generally 3-5 miles in length.  We hike all around Eastern Tennessee including the Smoky Mountains, the Cumberland Plateau, the Cherokee National Forest, the East Lakeshore trails and state parks.

Hikes are held the second Monday of each month (rain date is the third Monday).  We meet at Chota Center (across from the Marathon Gas station) to carpool to the hike.  We meet at 8:00 a.m. except in December-February, when we meet at 9:00 a.m.

Membership is free, there is no sign up, just show up and have fun hiking! 

2020 Hike Calendar

We’ve selected 12 fun hikes for the year.  For the complete list, click here.  Or view our Hikes on the TellicoLife Calendar.  (Tip: search for Muddy Boots)

Sign Up for the Muddy Boots Mailing List

Each month we send out an email announcing details the upcoming hike.  To be included follow this path on TellicoLife

  • My Community > My Features > E-Lists

For complete instructions, see the Muddy Boots E-list guide

Volunteer to Lead a Hike.  It's Easy!

Each hike is led by a volunteer who pre-hikes the trail and confirms directions, trail description and lunch plans.  For details on leading a hike, click here.  Welcome letter to Muddy Boots Hiking Enthusiasts  - click here.

Muddy Boots FAQs

Got questions? We've got the answers!  See the Muddy Boots FAQs.

Muddy Boots Coordinators  

Renee Baker      [email protected]        412-877-1427
Steve Baker       [email protected]        412-915-9248
Dee Foster         [email protected]     440-503-2015

Hiking Basics:

Muddy Boots hikes are generally 3-5 miles and rated as easy to moderate.  See the description below for how trails are typically rated.  You should be capable of sustained walking, sometimes over uneven terrain, some up and down inclines and hills.  If you can walk a couple of hours and climb a flight of stairs, you can do it!

Sturdy, comfortable shoes are a must.  Hiking boots or trail shoes are recommended.  Hiking or trekking poles are helpful to ensure footing and balance.  Bring water and a trail snack, along with identification, medical and emergency information just in case.

How are Hikes Rated:

Hiking rating systems vary somewhat, but in general:

  • Easy– Less than five miles and 500 feet elevation gain with good trail conditions. There may be some up and down inclines.
  • Moderate – Exceeds easy hike limits.  Trail conditions may be narrow, wet, rocky and contain roots.  Be prepared to walk up and down inclines.
  • Difficult – Exceeds moderate hike limits and may include more difficult trail conditions.  Difficult trails frequently involve longer distances and greater changes in elevation.  Muddy Boots does not generally hike difficult trails.

!!! Reminder !!! Please remember to take identification, contact and emergency information with you on all events, hikes, raft-offs and trips