Kahite Hikers Group

The Kahite Hikers Group is a Google Group (kahite-hikers@googlegroups.com) of walkers and hikers who live in Kahite and enjoy the outdoors. There are numerous other walking and hiking clubs in East Tennessee that have pre-scheduled walks and hikes. (See Hiking Opportunities listed below.) It was desired to start a Kahite Google Group whereby people could spontaneously request and/or arrange walks and hikes with other like minded Kahitians without filling the Kahite Neighborhood email inboxes.

See the Kahite Contact List to be added to the Kahite Hikers Google Group.

Also see Guidelines, Code of Conduct and Expectations for the Kahite Hikers Group below.

East Tennessee Hiking Opportunities
There are several walking & hiking opportunities in the area.  Most people belong to or participate in multiple groups all depending on your schedule, the level of difficulty and frequency of hiking desired.

1.)  Muddy Boots (Tellico Village Club).  They meet on the 2nd Monday of each month.  These walks are easy to moderate in difficulty and usually 3 to 5 miles in length.  https://www.tellicolife.org/muddy-boots-hiking-group

2.)  TV Hikers (Tellico Village Club)   They meet the 2nd Friday and 4th Wednesday of each month.  Moderate to difficult hikes of 6 to 12 miles.  https://www.tellicolife.org/tv-hikers

3.)  WATeR (Watershed Association of Tellico Reservoir)  This organization sponsors a hike the 3rd Tuesday of each month.  Usually 3 to 5 miles in length.  Easy to moderate.  All hikes are along the East Lakeshore Trail system located on the Eastern Shore of Tellico Lake from Lenoir City to Greenback.  (31 miles of trail out our backdoor.)  Many Tellico Villagers attend these hikes.  https://www.tellicowater.org/east-lakeshore-trail

4.) East Tennessee Wanderers.  Local chapter of the American Volkssport Association.  They have walks the 1st Monday, 2nd Saturday, and 4th Saturday of each month.  Occasional floating Friday based on calendar openings, 3rd Tuesday Meet & Greet Dinner in odd months.  Two different length walks are offered (3.1 mile and 6.2 mile) generally easy to moderate difficulty.  Mix of greenways and natural trail hikes. $3 Fee for insurance. Calendar available on the website.   https://www.easttennesseewanderers.org/

5.)  TTA (Tennessee Trails Association) has chapters in Crossville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga.  They routinely have hikes in our area.  Some chapters have weekly hikes.  Check their calendars for details.  https://tennesseetrails.org/

6.)  Cherokee Hiking Club (CHC).  They are based in Benton, TN about 30 miles south on Rt 411.  They offer a variety of hikes usually in the south eastern corner of the state.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/cherokeehikingclub/

There are others depending on how much you want to hike and what days are available.

Guidelines, Code of Conduct, and Expectations for Kahite Hikers Group

1.) Choose hikes that match your ability. It is expected that hikers will self-assess and ensure they are capable of completing a given hike. (Start easy and work up to more challenging hikes.)

2.) The walk coordinator/leader maintains the right to question and request that a hiker not participate in a given hike based on their assessment of the trail difficulty and the hiker's readiness and preparedness.

3.) Be on time (10 minutes early) and walk ready by start time. (Shoes on, packs filled, etc.)

4.) These are Group Hikes. Each hike will have a designated leader and sweep to ensure no hiker falls behind or gets separated from the group. Stop at all junctions.

5.) If someone is unable to complete a hike, they should be accompanied by another hiker for their return. Exceptions can be made for a hiker choosing to stop and wait during an out-and-back hike. The hiker agrees to remain at the stopped location and will NOT return on their own.

6.) All hikes are voluntary and hikers assume all risks associated with any accidents, injuries or leaving the group that may occur while hiking.

7.) Do not hike if ill or injured.

8.) The "Leave No Trace" principle will be upheld by all hikers.

9.) Hikes are open to all residents of Kahite and their guests. We will uphold and ensure that all hikes remain nondiscriminatory, nonthreatening and nonpolitical.

10.) Pets (when allowed) will be on a leash at all times.