Hike the Great Smoky Mountains: Fall Foliage

4 Days | Take in the colours of autumn on the iconic Appalachian Mountains

Walking & Trekking
ZAR  59,625
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On this four-day hiking trip, immerse yourself in the breathtaking colours of the Great Smoky Mountains as they shift from summer into autumn. The Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee become a sea of reds, yellows, pinks and oranges for just a few weeks each year. Hiking some of the oldest mountains in the world, you’ll tackle a section of the iconic Appalachian Trail, feel the mist of waterfalls on your skin and take rests by the crystal-clear waters of rivers and streams that have been flowing for millennia. Explore this mountainous region, reaching points only accessible by foot, all against the colourful backdrop of this ancient land in autumn.

Trip overview

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Asheville, United States
Asheville, United States
Walking & Trekking
United States
Physical rating
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Min 12
Group size
Min 2 - Max 9
Trip code
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Spend your days in the kaleidoscopic colours of autumn in one of the Eastern US’s most beloved national parks.
  • Explore the peaks and valleys of the Great Smoky Mountains, taking in meadows, creeks, waterfalls and historical townships.
  • Wander the towns that play gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, dining in local restaurants and experiencing life in the shadow of the mountains.
  • Tackle a section of the iconic Appalachian Trail, treading in the footsteps of explorers that have come this way for centuries.
  • Visit one of the most iconic landmarks in the North Carolinian Appalachian Mountains– Looking Glass Rock.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This is a hiking trip, so a good fitness level will help you enjoy all included hikes and activities.
  • This trip involves daily hikes ranging in distance from 6.5 – 8.5 miles (10.5 – 14 km) with a total trip distance of up to 29 miles (47 km). The maximum daily elevation gain/loss is 1650 feet (503 m). Please check the trip itinerary for more details.
  • On this trip you will be required to carry a daypack weighing approximately 3.5 to 5.5 kg (8-12 lb).


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4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners


Private vehicle


Cabin (2 nights), Hotel (1 night)

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Viewpoint via the Appalachian Trail hike - Townsend
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Highest Point visit - Townsend
  • Shuttle from Asheville to Townsend
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Mountain Farm Museum visit - Townsend
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Waterfall hike - Townsend
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Open air camp style hot breakfast - Townsend
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Midnight Hole Falls & Mouse Creek Falls hike - Asheville
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Pioneer Cabins and Grotto Falls hike - Asheville
  • Shuttle to Asheville.
  • Asheville - Blue Ridge Parkway scenic drive
  • Pisgah National Forest - Looking Glass Falls visit - Asheville
  • Pisgah National Forest - Looking Glass Rock hike - Asheville

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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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4.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.

5. 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.

6. The Smokies’ fall foliage typically occurs between the last week of mid October and early November, but it is a natural process that varies year by year. We have done our very best to schedule the tour dates for the best chance to see the peak fall colors, but as with many things in nature there are no guarantees. Regardless of the stage of the fall foliage during your tour, it’s a stunningly beautiful area to hike and explore, and a magical season in which to be there.

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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Hike the Great Smoky Mountains: Fall Foliage
ZAR  59,625