Hiking the Best of Great Smoky Mountains National Park

5 Days | Explore the many wonders of Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Walking & Trekking
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Get up close and personal with the picture-perfect peaks and enchanting waterfalls of Great Smoky Mountains National Park on this five-day hiking adventure. With a museum visit to set the scene, you’ll soon stretch your legs in search of the spectacular views offered by Charlies Bunion, hiking along the historic Appalachian Trail. Grotto Falls, Mouse Creek Falls, Linville Falls and more will have you falling fast for their natural charm, while the summit of Looking Glass Rock will leave you feeling on top of a lush, green world. No wonder this is the US’ most visited national park!

Trip overview

Map of Hiking The Best Of Great Smoky Mountains National Park including United States Of America
Start
Asheville, United States
Finish
Asheville, United States
Theme
Walking & Trekking
Destinations
United States
Physical rating
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Style
Comfort
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 2 - Max 9
Trip code
SKTB
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Walk along sections of the historic Appalachian Trail, established over 100 years ago and now walked by nearly 3 million people a year.
  • Chase the magical waterfalls that make up some of North Carolina’s most photographed spots, and even walk behind the tumbling torrents of Grotto Falls.
  • Take in the scenic view from the Blue Ridge Parkway, an (officially) All-American Road that weaves its way through the Appalachians.
  • Learn about the history of the 19th century settlers and the original Cherokee inhabitants of the park during a vist to the Mountain Farm Museum.
  • Spend you nights in Appalachian lodges and cabins sitting just on the outskirts of the Smoky Mountains, allowing you to soak up the serenity of the park.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This is a walking trip, so a good fitness level will help you enjoy all included walks and activities.
  • This trip involves hiking from 6.5 to 8.5 miles (10.5 to 14 km) per day with a total trip distance of 37 miles (60 km). The maximum daily elevation gain/loss is 1650 feet (503 m). Please check the trip itinerary for more details.
  • On this trip you'll be required to carry a daypack weighing approximately 8-12 lb (3.5-5.5kg).
  • On our final day there is no accommodation included so please plan your departure accordingly, or pre-book a post-tour night.

Itinerary

Map of Hiking The Best Of Great Smoky Mountains National Park including United States Of America

Inclusions

Meals

5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Cabin (2 nights), Hotel (2 nights)

Activities
  • Shuttle from Asheville to Townsend
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Mountain Farm Museum visit - Townsend
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Appalachian Trail hike
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Highest Point visit - Townsend
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Open air camp style hot breakfast - Townsend
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Cades of Cove historic district visit
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Waterfall hike - Townsend
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Pioneer Cabins and Grotto Falls hike - Asheville
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Midnight Hole Falls & Mouse Creek Falls hike - Asheville
  • Shuttle to Asheville.
  • Blue Ridge Mountains - Linville Falls Viewpoints Hike
  • Blue Ridge Mountains - Table Rock Mountain Hike
  • Pisgah National Forest - Looking Glass Rock hike - Asheville
  • Pisgah National Forest - Looking Glass Falls visit - Asheville
  • Asheville - Blue Ridge Parkway scenic drive

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Important notes

1. A completed registration form is required to join these trips. You will not be confirmed for the trip until your form has been received and reviewed. We may ask for a medical release signed by your physician for medical conditions or circumstances which could possibly compromise your safety or the safety of others on this trip – please speak to your agent for further details.

3. A signed disclaimer (Acknowledgement of Risks Form) is required at the time of booking for this trip – please speak to your agent for further details.

4. To help ensure this trip is right for you, this trip is subject to additional ‘Essential Eligibility Requirements’ – see the ‘Itinerary Disclaimer’ section of the Essential Trip Information for further details.

5.This trip is operated and run by Wildland Trekking, an Intrepid company. You will be travelling with a mixture of both Wildland Trekking customers and Intrepid customers.

6. You will meet your guide and group at the Holiday Inn in downtown Asheville 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. This trip will conclude at approximately 5:00 PM on the last day.

7. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights on your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

Essential Trip Information

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Hiking the Best of Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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EUR €3,190