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Blue Ridge Hiking 5-Day

Highlights

  • The best day hikes in Appalachia
  • Amazing waterfalls, streams & valleys
  • Fascinating ecological diversity
  • Wonderful, historic lodging
  • The Famous Appalachian Trail

Description

Our 5-Day Blue Ridge Hiking combines the highlights of Western North Carolina in one action packed purely Appalachian outdoor vacation. You'll intimately experience some of the best diverse forests, waterfalls, towns, and scenic drives the Appalachian region has to offer. We've also meticulously hand-picked the lodging, and the restaurants to make your week as comfortable and enriching as possible.
Our hikes focus on 5 different areas of Western North Carolina, giving you a well-rounded experience of the region. The meals are a combination of picnic meals prepared by your guide and restaurant meals at carefully selected, award-winning establishments that reflect the local color and culture of Appalachia and Asheville. We feel that this trip gives you the most the Appalachian region has to offer in five scenery filled days that you will not soon forget.
Give us a call today at 800-715-HIKE (4453) to request more information or book a spot on this trip!
Click here to have a detailed PDF information packet emailed to you, or request a reservation today. You can also call us at 800-715-HIKE.

Wildland Trekking is a permitee of the USFS, Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests

 

Photos of Blue Ridge Mountains

Trip Itinerary

Pre-Trip Orientation And Lodging

This hiking tour includes lodging the night before Day 1 at the Hyatt Place hotel in downtown Asheville, North Carolina. We will hold an orientation meeting at the hotel at 5PM for you to meet your guide and group, ask questions, cover safety information, and review the itinerary. After the orientation meeting, guests are on their own for dinner, and we're happy to make recommendations of excellent Asheville dining options.


Day 1

Shuttle to the trailhead: 2 hours
Hiking Mileage: 7 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 1400 feet
Accommodations: Hyatt Place hotel (or similar equivalent) in downtown Asheville


This multi-day Asheville hiking tour starts with a drive from Asheville, NC to the amazing views and waterfalls near Linville Gorge in the Pisgah National Forest. Our first stop will be to the Linville Falls Visitor Center, where we will start a 1.6 mile round trip hike to 3 different viewpoints of this outstanding waterfall. Next we will shuttle thorough this magnificent area to our next hike up Table Rock Mountain for large sweeping views of the spectacular Linville Gorge. After a picnic lunch on the summit of Table Rock Mountain our next destination is along the famous Blue Ridge Parkway.


Day 2

Shuttle to the trailhead: 1.5 hour
Hiking Mileage: 8 miles
Elevation Loss/Gain: 1400 feet
Accommodations: Hyatt Place hotel (or similar equivalent) in downtown Asheville


Today we head out of Asheville on our way to the lesser known gem in the Nantahala National Forest, Panthertown Valley. This amazing area has a tremendous amount to offer: waterfalls, pristine mountain creeks, towering cliffs, lush forests, wildlife, and spectacular views. No wonder it gets the nickname of "The Yosemite of the East!" Our loop hike in this unique Appalachian valley brings us to multiple waterfalls and cliffs, with splendid views of the surrounding area. After soaking it all in we’ll head back to Asheville for another outstanding Appalachian dinner and relaxing night in our hotel.


Day 3

Shuttle to the trailhead: 1 hour
Hiking Mileage: 6.4 miles
Elevation Loss/Gain: 1650 feet
Accommodations: Hyatt Place hotel (or similar equivalent) in downtown Asheville


On the third day of our Appalachian hiking adventure we’ll start by hiking to the summit of one of the most iconic landmarks in the region, Looking Glass Rock. This is one of the classic hikes in the Pisgah National Forest. After reaching the summit our efforts will be rewarded by massive, sweeping views of the surrounding mountains and valleys, and a wonderful picnic lunch prepared by your guide. After enjoying our lunch with a view, we’ll descend back to our vehicle and head to the spectacular roadside waterfall, Looking Glass Falls.

We cap today off with what for many guests is one of the highlights of the trip - an outdoor sunset dinner at a viewpoint along the Blue Ridge Parkway (weather permitting). Your guide will prepare a wonderful outdoor meal while you soak up views of the mountains, valleys and setting sun.


Day 4

Shuttle to the trailhead: 2 hours
Hiking Mileage: 12 miles
Elevation Loss/Gain: 400 feet
Accommodations: Snowbird Lodge (or similar equivalent) near Robinsville, North Carolina


Today we’ll pack up and head to a historic area in the Snowbird Mountains. Our hike will be in Snowbird Creek Basin. This basin was used by members of the Cherokee tribe to hide from the historic and tragic removal of the Cherokee in 1838. Snowbird Creek features a couple amazing waterfalls, which are the official destinations for our day's hike. After exploring this quiet, diverse wilderness we’ll end our day with a short loop hike through one of the region's remaining old growth forests, with trees as old as 400 years. Our evening lodging and dining is at a wonderful, historic Appalachian lodge nearby.


Day 5

Shuttle to the trailhead: 45 minutes
Hiking Mileage: 7 miles
Elevation Gain: 2120 feet
Shuttle to Asheville: 2 hours


The last day of our Appalachian hiking adventure takes us to the famous Appalachian Trail at its Southern most section in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Our goal today is to enjoy this historically famous trail and reach the sweeping views from the Shuckstack fire tower. We'll enjoy one last picnic lunch near the fire tower before hiking back down to our vehicle near the East’s tallest Dam, Fontana Dam at 480 feet. We'll explore the dam visitor center, then head back towards Asheville and the end of this fantastic 5-day trip.


Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary park restrictions, campsite availability, weather, road closures, guest ability/injury, and natural events like fires and flooding.

Trip Details

What's Included

  • 5 nights of lodging at local, hand-picked, Appalachian inns, hotels and/or cabins
  • Dinners at local restaurants selected for their local color and great food
  • An outdoor sunset dinner prepared by your guide (weather permitting - this dinner is still included regardless)
  • Breakfasts, picnic lunches prepared by your guide, and trail snacks
  • Use of a day pack and trekking poles
  • A professional, knowledgeable, certified Great Smoky Mountains hiking guide
  • Transportation for the duration of the tour originating and concluding in Asheville, NC
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

What's Not Included

  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% of trip cost)
See the Packing Lists page for more information.


Meals: What To Expect

This tour features a combination of restaurant meals and meals prepared by your guide. We provide breakfasts and lunches for the trip. For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables. In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee. Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:
  • Deuter or Osprey backpacks
  • Leki or Black Diamond trekking poles
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Satellite phone


What Gear To Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter water bottles per person and either a headlamp or flashlight per person. Basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent, lip balm, and toiletries are also important. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.


What Clothes to Bring

Please refer to the trip packet for a recommended clothing list (we email you a detailed trip packet when you inquire and when you register). All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots (reliable brands include Montrail, Lowa, Merrell, Vasque, and Salomon), rain gear, and non-cotton clothing layers. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

NOTE: See the Packing Lists page for more detailed information on what clothes and gear to bring on your hiking tour. The trip packet you receive when you contact us will have the most accurate clothing and gear list for the tour you're interested in.

Trip Logistics

How do I Register?

Ready to hike? Simply click here and complete the form to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you're ready to register we'll email you a link to a registration profile. You'll have 48 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit ($500).

Feel free to call us for more info - we're here 7 days a week!


Where Do We Meet?

You will meet your guide and group at the Hyatt Place Hotel in downtown Asheville for an orientation meeting at 5:00 PM the evening before the trip begins. We're happy to give you a ride to this meeting if you're not staying at the Holiday Inn. Your guide will then pick you up the next morning for transport to the trailhead. For Private Great Smoky Mountains Tours your guide can meet you at any hotel in Asheville at an agreed upon time.

Check out our Travel Resources page for information on flights, shuttles, lodging and more.


Start/End Times

Your guide will inform you of the first day's pick-up time at the orientation meeting. Generally, you can expect it to be between 6 and 8 am, although the exact time will depend on current weather and road conditions. We will drop you off at your hotel on the final day normally before 5 PM (this time is not guaranteed, as a variety of circumstances can influence our exact return time).


Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT's, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We've developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and most tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.


Guides

Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.


Group Size and Age Restrictions

The standard group size on Blue Ridge Mountains hiking tours is 5 guests and 1 guide, with a maximum group size of 8 guests and 2 guides. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 800-715-HIKE (4453) and we'll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:
  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis


Weather in the Appalachian Mountains

The weather in the Appalachian Mountains varies greatly by time of year. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely (this list comes as part of your trip packet when you register). Read below for average high and low temperatures in for low elevations in the Appalachian Mountains:

Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
         
 
Month
Low Elev
High Elev
 
 
hi
low
hi
low
 
 
January
51°
28°
35°
19°
 
 
February
54°
29°
35°
18°
 
 
March
61°
34°
39°
24°
 
 
April
71°
42°
49°
34°
 
 
May
79°
50°
57°
43°
 
 
June
86°
58°
63°
49°
 
 
July
88°
59°
65°
53°
 
 
August
87°
60°
64°
52°
 
 
September
83°
55°
60°
47°
 
 
October
73°
43°
53°
38°
 
 
November
61°
33°
42°
28°
 
 
December
52°
28°
37°
21°