Great Smoky Mountains N.P. Hiking Tour – 6 Day Self-Guided
5 nights lodging reservations with breakfast, recommendations for dinner and lunch, tour maps with written directions and GPS coordinates, driving directions; T-shirt, narratives about the area, 24x7 phone support on tour
TOUR DATES CAN BE SELECTED THROUGH NOVEMBER
Arrive at: McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville, TN
Optional Add-ons: Pre and Post Tour Lodging Arrangements
Not included: Flight to Knoxville, car rental
“Loved the challenges each day of length and technical terrain. Great variety of trails. Great overview of the entire park.” Lori S.
In so many ways, Great Smoky Mountain National Park is dedicated to hiking and we are thrilled by the park’s 850 miles of trails where we can select those that will provide our hikers with a varied experience and a true sense of those features for which the park is famous. When one considers the park’s proximity to so many major population centers of the eastern U.S., it’s difficult to form an image of wilderness, but under the protection and guidance of the National Park Service, wilderness survives in Great Smoky.
The wilderness feel of the park is due in no small measure to its almost unbroken cover of trees, and the size and variety will astound you. Spring tours will experience the plethora of new growth in the forest including the blossoms of uncountable trees, shrubs and flowers. Fall tours will delight with the explosion color from autumn leaves on the densely forested trails. Water is everywhere: creeks, streams, prongs, waterfalls and cascades. You’ll cross a number, sometimes on bridges, sometimes on foot logs, and sometime on nothing other than the soles of your boots. These are just a few of the elements that make the Smoky range special.
This tour can be booked for any dates from March– November, but we recommend avoiding the middle of summer dates as it can be hot, humid and crowded. Tours must be booked at least 2 weeks in advance.
(Note: actual hotels are subject to availability and not guaranteed before booking)
|Day 1||Transfer to Townsend; hike Middle Prong Trail||6|
|Day 2||Hike to Mt. Le Conte via the Alum Cave Trail||11|
|Day 3||Hike to Gregory Bald via Gregory Ridge Trail in the Cades Cove area||11|
|Day 4||Hike the Appalachian Trail from Newfound Gap to Charlies Bunion; Transfer to Bryson City||8|
|Day 5||Loop hike on Deep Creek Trail||13.5|
|Day 6||Return to the west side, hike the Elkmont Loop along the Little River Trail; return to Knoxville||5|