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Smokies Hiking & Yoga

Highlights

  •   Iconic Smokies hiking destination
  •   Premier, scenic lodging
  •   Energizing Vinyasa practices
  •   Invigorating blend of hiking & yoga
  •   Delicious Appalachian meals
  •   Waterfalls, wildlife & views

Description

Nestled among some the oldest mountains in the U.S., Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers adventurous hikes and stunning views. During this four-day retreat, we’ll practice yoga to warm-up before you hop on the trail with your trekking guide, and in the evenings a yoga practice to help you unwind at our beautiful retreat-style basecamp property, Dancing Bear Inn, outside the park. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the history and diversity of this remarkable national park through a unique lens. This trip is for yogis and hikers who like to explore! Wander through old-growth forests and up to scenic peaks during the day and then restore and enjoy the warmth our of lodge at night.


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Yoga Journal Retreat
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Asheville, NC
4 days
$1900 Per Person
$415 Single Supplement

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  • Accommodations: Dancing Bear Cabins

    Trip Itinerary

    Day 1
    • Hiking Mileage: 6-8 miles
    • 1-way Elevation Change: 1640 feet
    • Evening Yoga Session: 1-hour Gentle Yoga class
    • Accommodations: Dancing Bear Cabins

    Day 1 of our trip will begin with a scenic drive from Asheville, NC to the Oconoluftee entrance to the Park, where we'll stop briefly at the Mountain Farm Museum to peruse the early settler buildings and the extraordinary practices of hearty 19th century Appalachian farmers. The museum also features artifacts from and information about the Park's oldest inhabitants: the Cherokee. This stop helps set the context for the next days of our trip so we can fully appreciate the history, wilderness and scenic beauty of the Smokies as we hike through its forests and along its ancient creeks.

    Our first hike follows the famous Appalachian Trail from historic Newfound Gap (the site of Roosevelt's park dedication speech in 1940) to Charlies Bunion. Endless views over the lush, timbered ridges of the Smokies abound on today's hike. Eventually we'll bring our first day of hiking exploration to a close by continuing to Dancing Bear Inn (on the "quiet side of the Smokies" in Townsend, TN). We'll check in, clean up, and have some free down time before an evening 1 hour Gentle Yoga class and wonderful dinner prepared by your guide.

    Day 2
    • Morning Yoga Session: Early morning 1-hour Vinyasa Yoga & Mindfulness Meditation Class
    • Hiking Mileage: 6-8.5 miles
    • 1-way Elevation Change: 1140 feet
    • Evening Yoga Session: 30-60 minute Gentle Yoga Class near sunset
    • Accommodations: Dancing Bear Cabins

    After an early morning Vinyasa Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation practice at our lodge, we'll sit down for a fresh breakfast. Then it's off to our second hike, which is a forested creek-side hike up the lush Middle Prong of the Little River to two stunning waterfalls. This breathtaking river valley is home to one of the Smokies' most scenic waterfall hikes. We'll sit down for a picnic lunch near the first cascade before heading on up to more lovely cascades and waterfalls. We'll enjoy all of the falls, take photos, and eventually hike back to the trailhead. A shuttle ride takes us back to our lodge for an evening Gentle Yoga Class before dinner. After dinner there is the option for a sound bath before a cozy night's rest.

    Day 3
    • Morning Yoga Session: 1 hour Vinyasa Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation Class
    • Hiking Mileage: 5.5 miles
    • 1-way Elevation Change: 900 feet
    • Evening Yoga Session: 1 hour Gentle Yoga in the evening
    • Accommodations: Dancing Bear Cabins

    Today starts with a hearty Appalachian breakfast cooked by your guide at the Cades Cove Picnic area (weather depending). After breakfast we will explore the culturally rich Cades Cove historic district, while keeping an eye out for some of the Park's many types of wildlife (black bear, deer, elk, turkey, and more). Often this is a highlight of the trip due to the many historic buildings, stunning scenery, and wonderful tranquility of this rich mountain valley. We will have our Vinyasa Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation practice outdoor at Cades Cove, submerged in a valley completely surrounded by mountains and enjoy an afternoon hike to Abrams Falls. Upon returning from the day to Dancing Bear Lodge, there will be an optional evening Gentle Yoga class before we meet for dinner.

    Day 4
    • Morning Yoga Session: Early morning 1 hour Vinyasa Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation class
    • Hiking Mileage: 3 miles
    • 1-way Elevation Change: 300 feet
    • Accommodations: Dancing Bear Cabins

    The last day our of yoga and hiking experience will begin with an early morning 1 hour Vinyasa Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation Class, then breakfast. We will pack up and check out of our lodging before we head to one last hike. We will visit Clingman's Dome, the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and then hike to Andrew's Bald, one of the most famous views in the park. This is a great area to take in one last look of the park and solidify our rejuvenating mindfulness and yoga practice. After our hike we will shuttle back to Asheville for the conclusion of our amazing hiking and yoga experience in the heart of Appalachia.




    Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary access restrictions, weather, lodging/campground availability, guest ability/injury, natural events like fires and flooding, and other potential causes.
  • Trip Details

    What's Included

    • A professional Yoga Journal yoga instructor
    • 3 nights of lodging (Lodging Details)
    • All meals are included from breakfast day 1 through lunch the final day
    • Use of a day pack and trekking poles
    • A professional, knowledgeable, certified Appalachian 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

    • Yoga mat
    • Clothes, raingear, and footwear (Oboz hiking shoes and boots recommended)
    • 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 retreat includes all meals from breakfast the first day through lunch the final day. Many meals will be prepared by your Wildland guide using fresh, healthy, delicous ingredients. Some meals, especially dinners, will be at local, hand-picked restaurants and bistros.

    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
    • Emergency communication device(s)


    What Gear To Bring

    We ask that you supply a couple of gear items to this retreat. These items are a yoga mat, 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. Most of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.


    Clothing List

    • Sturdy hiking boots, mid-weight, lug-soled, above the ankle, and ideally well broken in. Important note: Buy your boots ½ to one-size larger than your street shoes to allow for feet swelling and thicker socks (Oboz hiking shoes and boots recommended)
    • Brimmed sunhat and bandana
    • Rain shell, waterproof/breathable jacket
    • Warm top, such as a long-sleeved sweater or fleece jacket
    • One or two cotton shirts (may be long-sleeved) for protection from the sun, light colors are nice because they’re cooler than dark colors
    • Long pants, one pair of leggings or lightweight trousers to block sun and give warmth at night
    • Shorts, one pair or two, nylon is nice for light weight and to substitute as a bathing suit
    • Sport sandals like Tevas®, lightweight flip-flops, or tennis shoes for lounging around the lodge; (On Smokies trips: Lightweight, close-toed sandals or shoes, to use for creek crossings and camp shoes)
    • Hiking socks, one pair for every two days of your trip. Recommended brands include Bridgedale®, Smartwool®, or similar padded socks (wearing a thin liner sock under your hiking socks is highly recommended). No cotton socks!!
    • Small duffel bag or backpack with extra hiking clothes and casual clothes
    • Yoga clothing
    ADDITIONAL CLOTHING OCTOBER TO APRIL
    • Warm hat and gloves
    • Additional fleece jacket or insulated coat, warm, lightweight and packable fleece jacket or coat insulated with synthetic material
    • Rain pants, waterproof/breathable pant

    Trip Logistics

    How do I Register?

    Ready to hike? In the Dates section of this trip page, the green dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service 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 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 Holiday Inn in downtown Asheville (standard rooms are $99-$140 for our guests, 828-225-5550) 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 during the pre-trip contact. 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.


    Guide Working Parameters

    Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time...etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides' off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.


    Group Size and Age Restrictions

    The standard group size on this trip is 7 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 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 Smoky & Blue Ridge Mountains

    The weather in the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge 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 Appalachia:

    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°
     

    Accommodations

    Dancing Bear Cabins

    Dancing Bear Cabins

    3 nights

    This unique and inviting Appalachian lodge offers relaxation and natural beauty with wonderful accommodations on 38 forested acres on the "quiet side" of the Smokies! This retreat includes a combination of shared 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom loft-style cabins and individual cabins. The property contains ample outdoor yoga space as well as fitness trails. If a solo traveler, the rooming assignments will be assigned at time of booking. Special rooming requests will depend on availability and can be placed at time of booking. Single rooms can be guaranteed for a single supplement.

    * These exact accommodations are not guaranteed. In some instances alternative accommodations of similar quality and location may be used.

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