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Smoky Mountains in a Day Day Hike Tour
Smoky Mountains in a Day Guided Hike
Smoky Mountains in a Day Hiking Tour
Smoky Mountains in a Day Day Tour
Smoky Mountains in a Day Guided Walk
Smoky Mountains in a Day Walking Tour

Smoky Mountains in a Day Tour

Highlights

  •   Smokies waterfalls and BIG views
  •   Comprehensive experience of the Smokies
  •   Fantastic hiking & exploring
  •   Amazing natural and cultural history
  •   Top-shelf backpack & trekking poles
  •   Tasty trail snacks & picnic lunch

Description

If you want to enjoy a comprehensive experience of Great Smoky Mountains National Park one day, this tour is for you! Picking you up at your hotel in Asheville and providing all 3 meals for the day, we take you to many of the Park's most spectacular waterfalls and amazing high country views. We hike, we sight see, we learn, we eat, and we enjoy all the Smokies have to offer!

This trip begins with pickup from your hotel in Asheville, where we proceed to the Oconaluftee entrance to the Park. Enjoying the Blue Ridge Parkway for part of this scenic drive, your guide will begin introducing you to the history, ecology and beauty of the Smoky Mountains. We will serve breakfast at one of the many overlooks along this famous road, then continue to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Mountain Farm Museum and the Mingus Mill. At these phenomenal historic sites we will explore the lives and remnants of the earliest inhabitants of the Smokies. We’ll even visit a cemetery from these early settlers.

Our next destination is the big view from Clingman’s Dome, the highest point in the Park. From the parking lot we’ll enjoy a hike to Andrews Bald, taking us through a unique Great Smoky Mountains ecosystem. We’ll enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch, prepared by your guide, before heading back to the lookout tower on the summit of Clingman’s Dome. After taking in the sweeping views from the tower, we’ll head back down the mountain to the multiple waterfalls in the Deep Creek area of the Park near Bryson City, NC. Preceding our short evening hike to see these beautiful waterfalls, we’ll enjoy a classic Appalachian dinner at our favorite restaurant in quaint downtown Bryson City. Eventually we’ll head back to Asheville, ending our full day exploration of the North Carolina side of Great Smoky Mountains National Park!

(Important: We run hikes in almost all weather conditions and very rarely cancel. See our terms and conditions for information on cancellations and refunds.)

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Private Day Hike Tour
Difficulty:
Solitude:
Asheville, NC
Year Round
12-14 hours
4+mi / 6.5+km
900 ft gain/loss
$220-$355

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Day Hike Rates

Private Day Hike Rates:

  • 2 people: $355 per person
  • 3 people: $325 per person
  • 4-5 people: $280 per person
  • 6-7 people: $220 per person
  • 10 and younger: $120 per person
Private day hike tours are only open to your party.

*Prices do not include a required National Park Service fee (5%) or gratuity for your guide


How do I Register?

Ready to hike? Day hike reservations are made through our Adventure Consultant team. You can click here 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 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and make your payment.

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


Trip Details

What's Included

  • A professional, knowledgeable, medically trained, friendly wilderness guide.
  • Transportation for the duration of the tour (pickup and drop off in Asheville, NC)
  • A commitment to make the tour as exciting, challenging, informative, and full as you'd like, and as is possible in a day
  • Trail snacks and a picnic lunch
  • Use of a top of the line, technical day pack
  • Use of trekking poles

What's Not Included (Required)

  • Lightweight hiking shoes or hiking boots
  • Waterproof rain jacket or poncho
  • Warm wool or fleece top (Spring, Fall)
  • Warm hat and gloves (Spring, Fall, Winter)
  • Water bottles or bladder (2 liters total capacity)
  • Sunhat

What's Not Included (Recommended)

  • A cold or frozen bottle of water or Gatorade (Spring, Summer, Fall)
  • Sunglasses
  • Knee braces (if needed)
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Gratuity for your guide

Food: What To Expect

Day hike tours include energizing trail snacks and a delicious picnic lunch. Your guide will customize the food for your hike, but a typical lunch consists of gourmet sandwiches or wraps, fruit, veggies, chips, drinks and a dessert. On wintery or cold days you may be treated to soup or a hot, freshly cooked lunch (if you'd prefer a hot meal, please let us know!)

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.

Trip Logistics

Where Do We Meet?

We will pick you up at your hotel in Asheville, NC. Your guide will be in contact approximately 7 days prior to your hike to coordinate the exact time and location of your rendezvous. This is a full day tour - the pickup time will be around 6:30 AM, and ending times can vary but are often after 6:00 PM.


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 this hiking tour is 6 guests and 1 guide. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) and we'll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:
  • 12 and older to join daily departures (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval on a case by case basis


Weather in the Great Smoky Mountains

The weather in the Great Smoky 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 Great Smoky 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°
 

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