Come for a guided hike with A Walk in the Woods and explore meadows sparkling with wildflowers...the majesty of old-growth trees...the caress of emerald-green moss...or the symphony of a waterfall. Or stand on top of a mountain, surrounded by a floating mist, looking into an endless sea of mountains. Your A Walk in the Woods guides have hiked thousands of miles through these mountains and they'll lead you to some of the most magical places in North America. When you take a guided hike with them, you'll learn about the natural and human history of the Smokies in a fun and delightful way. You'll hear Cherokee lore and maybe an Appalachian tall tale. You'll learn what the Native Americans and Settlers did for food and medicine before the there were grocery stores and pharmacies. You might even sample a tasty mountain treat. Every guided hike is geared towards enjoying the journey, using all of your senses to explore nature in a new way. Our guided hikes go deeper into the forest, cover more terrain and take you into places most visitors to the Smokies never see. These hikes are recommended for those in good physical shape who already have some hiking experience, but want to get more out of the beauty around them.

All Hikes include snacks. We can provide a lunch of sandwich, chips and a cookie for an additional $10 per person fee.

Don't have a car? We can provide transportation from most Gatlinburg locations for an additional fee of $30 for up to 6 people, subject to availability.

Questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

A sample of our more popular hikes:

Please call (865) 436-8283 for group rates.

Title of Walk Court House Rock Adventure
Trail Time/Length Approximately Four Hours of trail time. Four miles.
Price $95 for first person, $21 each additional person ($90, $20 Respectively With Cash Discount).
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Description

Looking to truly get away from the crowds? Come explore a trail most locals don't even know about! We'll begin our adventure walking an ancient road bed. Our trail narrows as we follow a gentle mountain stream up to a boulder field. Before the real work begins, we'll explore an old moonshine cave. Now, we climb up a narrow ridge, pausing for a snack break as we gaze into the Sugarland Valley below. After we catch our breath, we'll continue our climb up this forgotten path to an old home site on the edge of a steep mountain. We'll explore a forest the old timers used to call “Hells” because of their difficult and tangled terrain. Our uphill trek ends as we explore a magnificent, giant rock formation, something you'd expect to see in the Western states. We'll relax next to a hidden, mountain cascade before we turn around and greet the crowds below.

Rating : For a Half Day Hike this is Moderate.

Title of Walk Off the Beaten Path
Trail Time/Length Approximately Six Hours of trail time. Six miles.
Price $158 for first person, $26 each additional person ($150, $25 Respectively With Cash Discount)Price includes shuttle.
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Description

Looking to get a way from it all? Experience the gift of quiet and solitude as you experience off trail hiking on a very secluded trail. This trail takes you into the heart of what used to be a small farming town. Learn how the settlers tamed this land...and see first hand how nature has fought back. You’ll experience small cascades, some adventurous stream crossings, the biggest rock wall in the Park, chimneys, giant trees, ending with a visit to a beautiful barn and spring house. Your guide will tell stories of old, share some tasty wild treats and allow you to immerse yourself in nature.

Rating : For a Half Day Hike this is Moderate.

Title of Walk Nature's Cathedral
Trail Time/Length Approximately Seven Hours of trail time. Seven miles.
Price $152 for first person, $27 each additional person ($145, $25 Respectively With Cash Discount).
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Description

Experience what the Eastern United States was just one hundred years ago when you explore one of the few remaining stands of virgin forest. During the first part of our walk, explore an original log cabin built in the eighteen hundreds. Learn how the Settlers made their living off this rocky land. As we continue, we will travel past open forest, cross crystal clear streams full of moss covered rocks and small, picturesque cascades. We will then walk to a magical place that was spared the logger's saw, and see and touch giant trees, including one of the biggest in the Park. This is a seven-mile walk. Warning: This walk has turned ordinary people into tree huggers.

Rating : For a Day Hike this is Moderate.

Title of Walk Old Growth Waterfall Hike
Trail Time/Length Approximately Eight Hours of trail time. Eight miles.
Price $168 for first person, $37 each additional person ($160, $35 Respectively With Cash Discount).
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Description

Hike along a beautiful mountain river surrounded by a multitude of wildflowers. Come to a breathtaking Appalachian Cove forest found nowhere else on earth. Pause in the presence of giant trees on your way to the highest and most beautiful waterfall in the Park while you picnic on a carpet of moss.

Rating : For a Day Hike this is Moderate with Strenuous Sections.

Title of Walk Appalachian Trail Adventure
Trail Time/Length Approximately Eight Hours of trail time. Eight miles.
Price $169 for first person, $37 each additional person ($165, $35 Respectively With Cash Discount).
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Description

Travel a segment of one of the most famous trail in the world to one of the Park's most unique geological formations. Walk through a thick forest of ancient, scented Spruce and fir, past incredible vistas, visit an Appalachian Trail Shelter, and climb up to a hidden high mountain meadow that gives the viewer an 360 degree view of the sea of mountains that make up the Park. On this guided walk, you will learn about this Boreal forest and the unique plants and animals that call it home.

Rating : For a Day Hike this is Moderate with Strenuous Sections.

Title of Hike Mountain Panorama
Trail Time/Length Approximately Ten Hours of trail time. Eleven Miles.
Price $198 for first person, $32 each additional person ($190, $30 Respectively With Cash Discount).
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Description

A 360-degree view of the most remote section of the Smokies awaits you. Our journey begins in a cool, moss covered forest, past streams filled with moss covered rocks, cascades and small waterfalls. We will leave the lush, verdant valley and begin climbing up the rugged spine to hike a section of the famous Appalachian Trail. Big trees and vistas reward our hard work before reaching a 1930's fire tower. This hike is in some of the most remote sections of the both the Park and the whole AT. On this quiet stretch of trail, wildlife signs abound. Perhaps we will catch a glimpse of the icon of the Smokies, the black bear.

Rating : For a Day Hike this is Strenuous.

Title of Hike Mt. LeConte
Trail Time/Length Approximately Ten Hours of trail time. Eleven to Twelve Miles.
Price $194 for first person, $32 each additional person ($185, $30 Respectively With Cash Discount).
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Description

Clingmans Dome may be the highest peak in the Park, but Mt. LeConte is widely considered the highest and most spectacular mountain. Experience it all. We will climb through a rock, travel through an old growth forest, pass breathtaking vistas, and explore the powerful force of water as we make our way to the top of the most impressive mountain in the Park. On our way, we will pause at a breathtaking vista, overlooking the spot where the fastest animal in the world, the Peregrine Falcon, has made its home. We will visit the LeConte Lodge, and observe some of the most famous views in the Park. We will lunch on a point overlooking Gatlinburg and then do it all over again on our way down.

Rating : For a Day Hike this is Strenuous.

Title of Hike Mt LeConte II North/South
Trail Time/Length Approximately Ten to Twelve Hours hiking time. Thirteen to Fourteen Miles.
Price $269 for first person, $42 each additional person ($256, $40 Respectively With Cash Discount)Price includes shuttle.
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Description

One of the ultimate Smoky Mountain experiences. Take the Mt. LeConte hike above, and add a return trip down the rugged north face to experience the greatest summit to base elevation change in the Park. Waterfalls, vistas, human history; the full Mt. LeConte experience.

Rating : For a Day Hike this is Very Strenuous.

Title of Walk Extreme Adventure Hike
Trail Time/ Length Approximately Twelve Hours of trail time. Seventeen Miles.
Price $262 for first person, $47 each additional person ($250, $45 Respectively With Cash Discount).
Upcoming Dates
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Description

Want to challenge yourself while getting away from the crowds? This full day hike has it all! Seclusion, views, challenging stream crossing, off trail hiking, old growth forests, small cascades and plenty of animal signs. History buff? This trail takes you past beautiful rock walls that line old farm fields, tall chimneys, remnants of settler's homes, one of the oldest cabins and barns in the area, several cemetaries as well as the famous Parton Cemetery. We will do some off trail exploring on this adventure. Off season will include some night hiking, so bring a head lamp.

Rating : For a Day Hike this is Very Strenuous.

 

Looking for something with a slower pace? Please visit our Walks page.
Please call: 865-436-8283 or e-mail for reservations or more information.

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