The Carolina Mountain Club began in 1923 as a spinoff of an earlier outdoor club, the Southern Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club, which was chiefly focused on maintaining cabins for the use of its members. In 1931 CMC was strengthened when it united with the Carolina Appalachian Trail Club founded in 1930 to complete segments of the Appalachian Trail in the North Carolina-Tennessee region. The CMC at the time had about 60 members with 25-30 active members.

During the 1930s' CMC evolved into a strong organization with continuing emphases on hiking, trail construction and maintenance, and social activities featuring quest speakers and slide presentations. The organization publicized its activities extensively through the Asheville Citizen Times. The primary project of CMC during that decade was getting the Appalachian Trail routed, marked, and maintained. The club was responsible for all of the AT from Virginia to Georgia except the section in the Great Smoky Mountains. The CMC also took public positions on a variety of conservation projects, including purchase and preservation of forests, road building, and the development of the Tennessee Valley Authority lake system. From 1943 to 1946 the Club suspended activities because of the war.

After World War II CMC was reactivated, expanding and prospering around its three basic activities of hiking, maintaining its now 92 miles of AT and other trails, and promoting conservation. In the 1950s and 1960s it supported efforts to establish the Linville Gorge Wilderness, the Shining Rock and Middle Prong Wilderness, and the Craggy Mountain Scenic Area. Members volunteered thousands of hours in maintaining the AT, building shelters, and acquiring property alongside the trail.

A major project of the seventies was the planning and construction of the Mountains to Sea Trail, which is scheduled to run from Clingman's Dome in the Great Smokies to the coast of North Carolina. Eventually the CMC will be responsible for building and maintaining over 140 miles of the trail.

In 2013 the CMC will celebrate its 90th anniversary. In 1960 it broke the 100 member level and currently has had over 900 members. The Club sponsors all day hikes on Wednesdays and Sundays and half-day hikes on Sunday afternoons. It maintains several trail maintenance crews who work on the Appalachian Trail, Mountains to Sea Trail, and other trails in the region, altogether over 400 miles. Individual members also have responsibility for maintaining specific sections of the Appalachian and Mountains to Sea Trails. The principal social activities are the annual meeting in November,a spring social., and occasional overnights.

The CMC is the most important hiking and trail maintenance organization in western North Carolina. Its members come not only from Asheville, but other towns in the region and other states. It cooperates in joint concerns with the US Forest Service, the Appalachian Trail Conference, and other hiking clubs.



1923 CMC officially established in Asheville, NC; dues are $8/year. Primary activity is maintaining two cabins for member use.

1931 CMC merges with the Carolina Appalachian Trail Club.

1943 CMC suspends activities for WW II.

1946 CMC resumes activities.

1949 Ruth Brothers becomes first woman to be CMC president

1956 Mt. Tennent in Pisgah National Forest named for CMC's first president, Galliard Tennent.

1960 CMC membership breaks 100.

1961 Masa Knob in Great Smokies Mountain National Park named for CMC member George Masa.

1968 Hundred Favorite Trails published by CMC member and former president Bernard Elias.

1981 CMC begins greater emphasis on trail maintenance and enters agreement with government to maintain trails.

1994 CMC enters the digital age by procuring first Club computer.

1998 CMC launches its first website.

1999 CMC trail work increases to over 400 miles of trails maintained by Club.

2002 CMC enters into an agreement with UNCA to maintain Club archives.

2009 CMC membership increases to over 900.

Present CMC offers 3-5 hikes every week with over 350 individuals participating in almost 200 hikes.

Hike history is maintained on the member web site.


1923 Dr. Gaillard Tennent

1924 Verne Rhoades, first supervisor for the NC National Forests 

1925 Sometime in this period

1926 from Bernard Elias





1931 / 1932 George Stephens

1933 Ivan Sims

1934 G. S. Tennent

1935 / 1936 O. C. Barker

1937 / 1938 H. A. Hazeltine

1939 Jesse Buell

1940 W. J. Dykeman, Jr.

1941 / 1942 Arch Nichols

1943 H. A. Hazeltine

1944 / 1945 Club shut down for WW II

1946 H. A. Hazeltine

1947 / 1948 Arch Nichols

1949 Ruth Brothers

1950 / 1951 F. Piercy Carter

1952 / 1953 Roger Morrow

1954 / 1955 Charles Lindsley

1956 Robert Larson

1957 / 1958 Arch Nichols

1959 / 1960 Carroll Cromwell

1961 F. Piercy Carter

1962 Edgar Lyngholm

1963 Arch Nichols

1964 / 1965 Nina Forbes

1966 / 1967 / 1968 Bernard Elias

1969 / 1970 Jim Hollandsworth

1971 / 1972 Gerry McNabb

1973 / 1974 Jack Davis

1975 Julian "Jim" Maddox

1976 / 1977 Alan Barton

1978 / 1979 John Tompkins

1980 / 1981 Ray Ertzberger

1982 / 1983 George Oldham

1984 / 1985 Sarah Davis

1986 Dick Roberts

1987 Phillip S. Cronkhite

1988 / 1989 John Dickson

1990 Brenda Thomas

1991 / 1992 Bill Keesee

1993 / 1994 Jim Roddy

1995 / 1996 Dick Johnson

1997 Elizabeth Feil

1998 / 1999 Howard McDonald

2000 / 2001 John Pawcio

2002 / 2003 / 2004 Don Walton

2005 Gerry McNabb

2006 / 2007 Lenny Bernstein

2008 / 2009 Becky Smucker

2010 / 2011 Barth Brooker

2012 / 2013 Marcia Bromberg

2014 / 2015 Lenny Bernstein

2016 / 2017 / 2018 Barbara Morgan

2018 / 2019 Randy Fluharty

2020 / 2021 Debby Jones

2022 / 2023 Tom Weaver          


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