Vesna and Erik with Travel Channel's Samantha Brown on top of Mt. LeConte





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"Vesna Plakanis, who owns the outfitter A Walk in the Woods with her husband, Erik, is a modern-day John Muir of the Smokies - smitten with the park and extremely knowledgeable about its ecology."
Lisa Besson, Outside Magazine, Traveler Family Edition.
"I hiked with Erik Plakanis, who with his wife Vesna owns "A Walk In The Woods." He is undoubtedly the best guide I have ever had for a nature experience!"
Bonnie Neely, Real Travel Adventures International Magazine. Go to article
"(Vesna) Plakanis, we quickly realize, is more than just a guide. She's a naturalist. A forest guru. A professor in hiking boots. "
Tyler Currie, Washington Post. Go to article.


Nature Walks
Hiker Shuttle Service
Women in Wilderness
Mt. LeConte
Bus Van and Driving Tours
Equipment Rental
Trip Planning
Group Services
AT Trail Support
New Programs :
AT Shakedown Backpack
Intro to Women in the Wilderness
Ghosts of Smokies Past
Where the Big Trees Are Hike
Bus, Van and Driving Tours
Art History Tour
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Maximize your Smoky Mountains experience with the oldest and best guided tour company in the area! Whether you are seeking a unique adventure, to expand your knowledge and skills, or simply a peaceful encounter with nature at its finest, come discover the Jewel of the Park System, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

A Walk In The Woods is a full range tour guide service geared to making your time in the Smokies as wonderful as possible. Emphasizing the teaching of natural history, this is A Walk In The Woods' nineteeth year offering spectacular trips into the Smokies. Our expert guides will take you on a once in a lifetime Smoky Mountain Tour. Your experience may include incredible vistas, gentle cascades, waterfalls, majestic ancient forests, crystal clear mountain streams, old home sites, graveyards or hidden trails.

We are experts in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, medicinal and edible uses of wild plants and mushrooms, wild animals and their habits, backpacking, primitive skills, outdoor survival, and local human history, including the Cherokee and early settlers.

All of our services help make your trip to the Smoky Mountains rewarding and fun. We offer a large selection of Smoky Mountain tours including; interpretive guided nature walks, guided hikes, birding and salamander treks, hiker shuttle service in and around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Appalachian Trail support, trip planning, camping and backpacking equipment rental, guided backpacking trips, classes and seminars. Our goal is to make the Great Smoky Mountains National Park come alive for you.

A Walk in the Woods has been building Smoky Mountain memories for our clients since 1998 as a full-time guide service in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

A Walk in the Woods is starting our 20th year of business. In that time we have helped over 83,000 people enjoy the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Mission Statement: A Walk In The Woods is dedicated to raising environmental awareness through direct, positive experiences with nature.


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1998 - 2018 Celebrating our 20th Year!

Nous offrons guidé excursions de montaigne en français. Nous pouvons vous aider avec vos réservations locales. Demandez Vesna.

Did you know ... The Great Smoky Mountains have a long human history spanning thousands of years-from the prehistoric Paleo Indians to early European settlement in the 1800s to loggers and Civilian Conservation Corps enrollees in the 20th century.

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