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Muddy Boots Hiking Group

Muddy Boots is a fun and casual group 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!

2024 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 the Coordinators will send out an email announcing details of the upcoming hike.  To be included in the email list follow this path once you have logged into Tellico Life.

  • My Profile > My Features (drop down list) > click on E-Lists
  •  look for the Muddy Boots line, click on the sliders on the right.

Volunteer to Lead a Hike. It's Easy!

  • We pre-selected the hikes for 2023 and have descriptions, maps, driving directions, etc.
  • Pre-hike the trail ahead of time to confirm the details…driving directions, trail description, lunch plans, etc
  • Lead the group on the day of the hike

 For a list of Hike Leader Duties, click here.

Muddy Boots FAQs

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

Muddy Boots Coordinators

Jeri Weems ([email protected])
Mark Steadham ([email protected])


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!

While sturdy, comfortable shoes are a must, hiking poles and hiking boots are always recommended, especially if you have not hiked in quite some time. Hiking boots and poles simply provide better footing and balance. Bring water and a trail snack, along with identification, medical and emergency information just in case.
Please remember. Hiking involves some exertion and often walking on uneven surfaces. While we do our best to describe any trail challenges and conditions, you are hiking at your own risk.  Due to trail restrictions and liabilities, pets are not allowed on these group hikes.

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