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Get away in the Smokies

The Basics:
Event Type:Adventure
Event Location: Cosby,TN
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Apr 8 2022  9:00 am >> Sun, Apr 10 2022 5:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 9:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Thu, Mar 3 2022 7:30 pm
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Mar 31 2022 9:03 am
Event Duration:2 Days 8 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D6: Advanced (Exploratory)
Distance:34 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
RonnyJ (Call me Ron)
Leigh B
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Member Cost:$315.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:6
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 6 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a Trip Leader isn't personally familiar with a trip, there is an increased chance of things not going as planned and you need to be prepared. The Trip Leader may have additional details in the itinerary.


Join us for a fun weekend as we trek 3 classic hikes in Great Smoky Mountain National Park!


The Hikes:

Friday:  We meet at the carpool at 9am for our drive to GSMNP. Todays hike is a great one, but just a warm up for our weekend. Chimney Tops is a classic hike to the top for great views.  We will enjoy a roadside picnic before we head up the trail for this short, steep and beautiful hike. After the hike we head to our "luxury" accommodations and then out to dinner for some choice chow at Cracker Barrel.


Click here for Fridays hike map


Saturday: After breakfast in our accommodations we head to Mount Sterling for the best hike of the weekend! This awesome hike is one of our favorites and will surely be the highlight of the weekend. Prepare to be dazzled! After our hike we will head straight to dinner... maybe Waffle House for some breakfast for dinner.


Click here for Saturdays hike map


Sunday: After a good nights sleep and your self prepared breakfast, we head to the AOC classic Alum Cave Trail. This hike is an AOC classic for good reason... big views around every corner and our lunch spot at the "Cliff Tops" view point. After the hike, we pile back into our cars and head back home.


Click here for Sundays hike map


The Accommodations:


Trip Leaders have researched accomodation in the area. We are currently looking at a house that has a bed for everybody. Trip Leaders will get first pick of rooms and then will designate rooms/beds to the other people who sign up for the hike. This will depend upon the gender mix we get after sign up and possibly time of sign up. Funds will be paid in full upfront to Trip Leader  when the sign up roster is full, so the house can be booked. Everyone will pay the same amount. The amount requested will include an AOC contribution of $15 per person. Any money at the end not used will promptly be refunded and a breakdown of costs will be provided. 


Once the house is booked, the money you have paid is not refundable. If someone else is on the waiting list and they pay, you will then be fully refunded. 


Ideally we are looking at a house with bathrooms for every bedroom, a half bath and 2 kitchen areas to prepare food. Currently the accomodations we are looking at are coming in around $150 a night for 2 nights.


A link will be provided to the house when it is booked so there will be transparency of cost. After the trip, a detailed account will be provided. 

We are calculating cost based upon full attendance of 8 and all on the roster staying together in the rental. 



Important Map Links:

Click here for Friday trailhead location

Click here for Saturday trailhead location

Click here for Sunday trailhead location





You are responsible for bringing your own food for breakfast and lunch. For dinner we will eat as a group at a nearby, extremely casual restaurant (think Waffle House and Cracker Barrel).




Required Items to Bring:

Layers/ hiking clothes for changeable weather

Good hiking shoes and pack

House clothes

Food as described above

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.



Good attitude

How to Get There:
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):500Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 9:00 am
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Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $200.00 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.


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Notwithstanding the foregoing, any paid registrant may request directly from the TL(s), prior to the event, a breakdown of funds collected, estimated expenses, and deposits made in anticipation of the event. Within 30 days after the event, the TL(s) must complete a financial accounting of monies collected and spent, along with supporting documentation; any attendee may ask to see this accounting. If you are unable to obtain requested documentation, please contact the Director of Paid Events.

Included in the cost is a $15 administrative fee to the AOC.

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Suggested donation amount for this event is: $15.00/Person.
Member Cost:$315.00/Person
Cost Includes:

Lodging and AOC fee are included in cost. There will be extra cost not listed for gas if you carpool with a driver. Current mileage is listed at 500 miles. You and your driver will negotiate car costs before the trip. 

Make a Payment:Although there is a cost for this event, you do not pay through the AOC. Please review the event details carefully for information about how/where to make your payment.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.

Once the house is booked, the money you have paid is not refundable. If someone else is on the waiting list and they pay, you will then be fully refunded.