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Great Smoky Mountains Hiking Tours

The Great Smoky Mountains are an unparalleled range of ecologically diverse, historically rich, naturally beautiful mountains straddling the border between North Carolina and Tennessee. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is home to an amazing amount of wildlife, incredible hiking and backpacking routes, huge Appalachian views, rushing rivers, plunging waterfalls and wonderful history. This park is one not to miss!

Our Great Smoky Mountains hiking tours include Appalachian backpacking trips, portered hiking trips, inn-based hiking tours, and Smoky Mountain day hike tours. All of our Great Smoky Mountains hiking and backpacking trips are expert-led, all-inclusive, and feature top-of-the-line-gear and fantastic food!

Great Smoky Mountains Backpacking Trips

Trip Duration Distance Pack Weight
Mount Sterling Appalachian Loop 4 days 28mi (45km) 30-40 lbs
Fontana Lake - Hazel Creek 5 days 35mi (56km) 30-40 lbs
Gregory Bald Loop 3 days 16+mi (26+km) 25-35 lbs
Clingman's Dome to Deep Creek 4 days 33mi (53km) 25-35 lbs
Ancient Appalachia Loop 4 days 27+mi (43+km) 25-35 lbs
Appalachian Crest, Valleys & Balds 6 days 38mi (61km) 35-45 lbs
Smoky Mountains Traverse 7 days 55mi (89km) 35-45 lbs
Winter Creeks and Peaks 3-4 days 24mi (39km) 25-40 lbs
Deep Creek Family Trip 2-3 days 6+mi (10+km) 20-25 lbs
Shining Rock Wilderness 4 days 22mi (35km) 25-35 lbs


Appalachian Portered Trips

Trip Duration Distance Pack Weight
Noland Creek & Divide 3 days 24mi (39km) 10 lbs
Portered Shining Rock 3 days 15+mi (24+km) 10 lbs
Winter Creeks & Peaks 3-4 days 22+mi (35+km) 10 lbs


Smokies Inn-based Trips

Trip Duration Distance Pack Weight
Best of Appalachia 5 days 37mi (60km) 10 lbs
3-day Smoky Mountains Hiking Experience 3 days 23mi (37km) 10 lbs
Best of the Smokies 5 days 36mi (58km) 10 lbs
Mount LeConte Lodge Tour 3 days 23mi (37km) 10 lbs


Day Hike Tours

Trip Duration Distance Pack Weight
Great Smoky Mountains in a Day 10-12 hours 4+mi (6.5+km) 10 lbs
Charlies Bunion - The Jump Off 5-7 hours 9mi (14km) 10 lbs
Ramsey Cascades 5-7 hours 8mi (13km) 10 lbs
Historic Paddle & Hike 10-12 hours 12+mi (19+km) 10 lbs
High Mtn Paddle & Hike 12-14 hours 16+mi (25+km) 10 lbs


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Why Hike the Smokies with Us?

1. #1 Activity in Great Smoky Mountains Nat'l Park on Trip Advisor
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With more than 10,000 guests joining our hiking tours and backpacking trips annually, we have a proven track record of providing quality trips that exceed our guests' expectations. We are the top-rated tour company, and in fact activity, at Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Trip Advisor: click here to see our Trip Advisor page. You can read additional guest comments on our Wildland Trekking Reviews and Facebook pages.

2. Exceptional Certified Smokies Guides
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Our commitment is to hire and train the best Smoky Mountains hiking guides and Smokies backpacking guides in the industry. To ensure this we seek out career-minded guides, hire them as employees, comply with all labor laws, conduct extensive staff trainings, and require current medical and professional certifications. In addition to technical competency and credentials, we also require excellent people skills. These extraordinary men and women have the ability to turn a great Smokies hiking tour into an unforgettable, inspiring - and sometimes truly life changing - adventure. We invite you to read more about them - including reviews for each guide - on our Meet Our Team page.

3. Fantastic Meals and Top of the Line Gear
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To provide fantastic food to our Appalachian hiking guests we customize our menus based on the preferences of the group, and we do not use dehydrated backpacking meals - you can expect abundant, delicious food to fuel and motivate you on your Smoky Mountains hiking trip! We also regularly accommodate specialty diets.

Gear must be optimally dependable, durable and functional, so we purchase from only the best outdoor gear companies like Osprey, Black Diamond, and MSR. Our Smokies backpacking trips include equipment with a retail value of up to $1,000 per guest.

4. Comprehensive Risk Management
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Safety on our Smokies hiking tours is the number one priority. All Smoky Mountain hiking guides and Smoky Mountains backpacking guides are certified Wilderness First Responders or EMTs, and each carries a field-issued first aid kit, comprehensive list of medical protocols, and a state-of-the-art emergency communication device. We also have a 24-hour on-call line that our staff, guests, and family members of guests can call any time (literally) to speak with a company representative.

5. All-inclusive Tours
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Some Great Smoky Mountain hiking tour companies don't provide sleeping bags, sleeping pads, backpacks and other items, or they charge "gear rental" fees for use of these items - on our trips those items are fully included in the trip price. What about meals, permit fees and transportation fees? All totally included.



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Testimonials

"I felt the value of this trip far exceeded the cost so I was pleasantly surprised that the trip offered so much! I was also glad to know that our guide would be cooking all of our meals. Since it was a 3 day overnight hiking trip I figured we would be eating dehydrated meals but boy was I pleasantly surprised that all of the food was FRESH AND DELICIOUS! Nick Weaver was our guide and I'm sad to say that all of my future guided hikes will likely pale in comparison and be a disappointment because Nick set the bar SO HIGH! He was just fantastic and I can't wait to go on another trip with him! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!" - Amanda Z.



"The inn-based trip was beyond my expectations. I was amazed at Nick's knowledge of the park. He was extremely prepared and I was amazed at how he accommodated everybody's needs. The accommodations we stayed at were unbelievable. The company does a great job of answering all of your questions ahead of time so you feel completely relaxed before you head out on the adventure." - Peggy A.



"There is nothing better than a walk through the woods to clear your mind and lighten your soul, unless it is a walk led by a wonderful Wildland Trekking guide who also happens to be a great cook! We had an amazing time backpacking in the Smoky Mountains. Our guide was an extremely experienced and knowledgeable backpacker who taught us so much about plant life, the trails, animals and history. We got so much more out of our trip from our guide, plus he did all the cooking! He took care of us from start to finish and was a joy to be around." - Jennifer S.