…IN WHICH WE HONOR THE BEST HIKING CLUBS IN THE COUNTRY.
Martha Sundquist, the former Tennessee Governor Don Sundquist’s wife, is said to love hiking so much that there’s a state forest named after her. Though she just turned 80, she still gets out— but never more than 5 miles, her self-proclaimed limit. That’s something the 65 members of Townsend-based 5-Mile Hikers can get behind. The trekkers, most of whom are retirees, like to tread over the Appalachians, explore Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and venture into the Nantahala and Cherokee National Forests on sub-5-mile trips year-round. Sometimes, when they’re feeling spry, they even take on 10-mile treks. To tag along for a 5-miler, request to join the private “Townsendites 37882” Facebook group and inquire within.
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