Carolina Mountain Club

Hike, Save Trails, Make Friends!

Join Us!

We love to hike and work on our beloved trails, and we want you to join us. You can check us out through several hikes with us, or you can join first by clicking on the Join button on our home page. Please contact the hike leader ahead of time if you’re not a member.

Please browse our web site to see other activities you might like. We’re a non-profit with no paid staff, so we depend on volunteers to keep our club going. We would welcome your help!

Regarding Membership Renewals

Renewing members were given an additional quarter of membership due to the hiking lapse caused by the Covid pandemic. Your renewal date is three months later so double check that your membership did not lapse if you did not receive a renewal notification. NOTE-when renewing your membership it is important to login with your ORIGINAL email used when joining CMC.

How to Register for a Hike under Covid-19

The council approved up to 15 hikers per hike to begin 4/1/21.  The number of hikers allowed is up to the hike leader's discretion and dependent on the amount of parking.  Of course, wilderness areas remain only ten hikers.   To get a space on a hike, click on the hiking icon which appears on the first page that comes up after you login.Then click on Current Schedules. Click on the day of the week you wish to hike to get the schedule for the current quarter. Then scroll down to view the available hikes. When you find the ones you want, you must contact the leader via email to let them you want to be included on their hike. The leader will respond to let you know if you are on the “go list” or the “waiting list”. If you are put on the “waiting list”, the leader will contact you if one of the hikers drops out and leaves a space. Happy Hiking.


Yellow Lady Slipper

Yellow Lady Slipper

A rare treat, a Yellow Lady Slipper on the Rough Creek Trail near Canton.

  • Yellow Lady Slipper

    A rare treat, a Yellow Lady Slipper on the Rough Creek Trail near Canton.

  • Schoolhouse Falls

    School House Falls in Panthertown, one of many scenic waterfalls throughout the park.

  • Black Balsam to Shining Rock - Scheduled Hike

    Early morning group hike up to Shining Rock via Black Balsam along Art Loeb trail, November 2020. Greeted with the sun on an early morning hike. Photo courtesy of Sharon Smith

  • Pilot Mountain

    One of the great views of Pilot Mountain from the AT. Pilot Mountain is a great challenging hike, best done as a key swap.

  • Lane Pinnacle

    A good day on the trail, just wrapping up.

  • Approaching Shining Rock on the Art Loeb

    Approaching Shining Rock on the Art Loeb, early fall morning in full sun. Delightful!! Photo by Sharon Smith

  • Jump Off Mt Kephart

    Side trail on the back side of Mt Kephart in the Smokies to 'jump off' ledge for a great view of the valley and Charlie's Bunion on the upper right of the photo. Not for the faint of heart.

  • Clawhammer Mt

    A rowdy group on a chilly wintry day on the top of Clawhammer Mountain near Club Gap after lunch break. Phone by Jim Magura

  • Autumn 2019

    Autumn finally arrives, Late October 2019

  • Selfie Time

    It's always a good idea to take a picture of the friends that helped you scout a new hike.

  • Approaching Storm

    A view of an approaching storm along the Art Loeb on a difficult wilderness hike.

  • Youth Partner Challenge

    Three new youth hikers receiving the Youth Partner Challenge Patch and Certificate. Congratulations to Camila, Belen and Isa!

  • Camino

    (CMC hikers travel far and wide) Lorraine and Judy) on the trail to Santiago via the traditional Camino

  • Bearwallow Mountain Hike

    A group heads up Bearwallow Mountain located in Henderson County.