Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Spring
April 28 - May 3, 2019
(6 days, 5 nights; Sun - Fri)Alternate Tour Dates
Includes all lodging, all meals, leaders, park entrance fees, van shuttles, tour maps and narratives.
Timberline van shuttle is included from Knoxville to Townsend prior to tour and return to Knoxville following tour.
Not included: Airline service to Knoxville; Guide Gratuity
Hotel 8:30 am
“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 challenged by the park’s 850 miles of trails to 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. With a spring tour we will experience the explosion of new growth in the forest including the blossoms of uncountable trees, shrubs and flowers. Water is everywhere: creeks, streams, prongs, waterfalls and cascades. We’ll cross a number, sometimes on bridges, sometimes on foot logs, and sometime on nothing other than the soles of our boots. These are just a few of the elements that make the Smoky range special.
|Day 1||Group assembles early morning - van shuttle to hike- Middle Prong Trail||6|
|Day 2||Alum Cave Trail - Mt. Le Conte||11|
|Day 3||Gregory Ridge Trail||11|
|Day 4||Appalachian Trail from Newfound Gap to Charlies Bunion||8|
|Day 5||Loop - Deep Creek trail head along Deep Creek Trail - Indian Creek Trail - Loop Trail - Sunkota Ridge - Martins Gap Trail - Deep Creek Trail||13.5|
|Day 6||Loop - Elkmont along the Little River Trail - Cucumber Ridge Trail - Jakes Creek Trail||5|