…IN WHICH WE HONOR THE BEST HIK­ING CLUBS IN THE COUN­TRY.

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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.

Think your club de­serves some ink? Write in to tell us why at inthe­club@ back­packer.com.

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