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Join us Friday night for the Alcoa Greenway walk.  This is the club's Black Friday to #OptOutside.

The walkers for the 10k will start at 5:30pm, and the 5k will start at 6:30pm from the Quality Hotel, 206 Corporate Place Alcoa, TN.  Please arrive 30 minutes early to sign in and stamps book.  All walkers must register.

Please RSVP to President@EastTennesseeWanderers.org if you plan to attend.  Let her know if you would like to join us for hot chocolate or dinner after the walk. 

NOTICE:  Before walking in the Smoky Mountains, please review https://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/temproadclose.htm for road closures due to downed trees, unsafe conditions or special events.




The East Tennessee Wanderers and guests meet socially on the

 third Tuesday at 6:00 pm to hear about upcoming walks at the

Olive Garden, 7206 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN.

Exceptions:  October and December are for members only!



Club's "I did a walk" Challenge (February 1st to March 31st)

Blount County Relay for Life (May 5th)

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K (October 1st)





  • Our events take place unless weather presents a danger to the participants either while walking or getting to the start point.  Contact the Club President if you have any concerns.

  • It is important to stay hydrated.  Please bring water to drink during ALL walks. 

  • If you have not walked in awhile, please do not start off trying to walk the 10k distance for a Club Walk, but walk the 5k instead. 


January 14 Saturday Gatlinburg Tourist Walk (Tribute) Club YRE 5/10 km
January 28 Saturday Townsend - Peaceful Side of the Smokies Walk Club YRE 6/11/14 km
February 11 Saturday Knoxville - Music, Moonshine and Art Walk Club YRE 5/10 km
February 25 Saturday Alcoa Greenway Walk Club YRE 5/10 km
March 11 Saturday Oak Ridge Secret City Historic Walk Club YRE 5/10 km
March 25 Saturday Rogersville Historic Walk Club YRE 6/10 km
April 8 Saturday Sequoyah Hills Walk Dogwood Festival Fun Walk
April 22 Saturday University of Tennessee Walk
Rossini Festival
Club YRE 7/12 km
May 5 Friday Alcoa Greenway
(Relay for Life)
& World Walking Day
 Guided Walk was cancelled due to bad weather.
May 20 Saturday Cades Cove Walk Potluck Picnic Fun Walk
June 10 Saturday Ijams Nature
 Center Walk
Fun Walk
June 24 Saturday Chattanooga Walk
Four AVA Clubs
Club YRE 5/10 km
July 8 Saturday UT Arboretum Walk Fun Walk
July 22 Saturday Elkmont Historic Trail Walk in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Club YRE 7/12 km
August 5 Saturday Maryville Farmers' Market hosts Club Information Booth Guided Walk
August 19 Saturday Gatlinburg Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Club YRE 7/10 km
September 1 Friday First Friday Art Walk in Knoxville
Night Walk
Club YRE
 5 km
September 17 Sunday  Fort Loudoun Historic Area in Vonore (Cake Walk) Club YRE
5 km
October 14 Saturday Clinton 12
Historic Walk
Clinton River
Antique Festival
 Club YRE 5/10 km
October 21 Saturday Seven Islands State Birding Park  Traditional  Event CANCELLED for Trail Maintenance
November 11 Saturday Maryville Historic Downtown Walk
Veteran's Day Ceremony
Club YRE 5/10 km
November 24 Friday Alcoa Greenway Night Walk
Black Friday
Opt Outside
Club YRE 5/10 km
December 9 Saturday Alcoa/Maryville Jaycees Christmas Parade
Club Members' Christmas Dinner
Guided Walk


For most of our club walks, you can either walk a 5K (3.1 miles) or a 10K (6.2 miles).  The "walk alert" will provide the different start times.


There are four "types" of walks—Club, Guided, Traditional Event, and Fun:


1.   A Club Walk is a walk done as a club activity using an YRE (Year Round Event) as the walk route.  Those who are collecting AVA/IVV stamps in their books can get credit for these walks for a $3.00 fee.


For YREs, you can walk it at any time and earn AVA credit for your books.   Just go to the walk box, pick up a map, fill out all the paperwork, stamp your books, do the walk, then mail your check in the envelope provided.


Our Club's "Walk Boxes" are located in Alcoa, Clinton, Elkmont, Gatlinburg, Knoxville, Maryville, Oak Ridge, Rogersville, Townsend and Vonore.   For additional information, please go to http://clubs.ava.org/ava_search.asp.


Part 2 - TERRAIN
Very small hills or very little stair climbing.
Almost entirely on pavement.
Some moderate hills or stair climbing.
A significant part of the route is on well-groomed trails with very few obstacles.
Some significant hill or stair climbing.
A significant part of the route is on somewhat difficult terrain (rocky/rooted paths or soft sand.)
Lots of significant hills or stair climbing.
A significant part of the route is on very difficult terrain.
Many  steep  hills.
The majority of the route is on very difficult terrain.


2.   A Guided Walk is an AVA-sanctioned walk held only on one day with a fixed start time for all participants.  The event is conducted as a group walk.  Members can get credit for a $3.00 fee.   


3.   The Traditional Event is a special walk set up as a one-day event for AVA/IVV credit.  There usually is a window of several hours where you can start the walk after picking up a map at the Starting Point.  The fee is $3.00 to stamp your books, and there may be an additional "optional" fee for a patch or a lapel pin. 


4.  A Fun Walk is a guided walk, usually less than a 5K, but participants do not stamp their books for credit.

Updated 11/19/17

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