3 Day Smoky Mountain Hiking Experience
Asheville, NC5.0 (18 reviews)
- Diversity & Adventure
- Cozy Lodging
- Iconic Smokies Hikes
- Historic Newfound Gap
- Impressive Old Growth Forests
- Scenic Cascading Waterfalls
- Hike the Appalachian Trail
Our 3-Day Smoky Mountains Hiking Experience combines the highlights of the Smokies into one relatively short, purely Appalachian outdoor vacation. You’ll intimately experience the Smokies’ diverse forests, waterfalls, historical sites, scenic drives and the famous Appalachian Trail all in one action-packed hiking package. We’ve also meticulously handpicked the inns/hotels, and the restaurants to make your week as comfortable and enriching as possible!
Our hikes focus on different areas of the Park, giving you a well-rounded experience of the Smokies, and we stay in the charming Appalachian town of Townsend, TN (the trip originates in Asheville, NC). The meals are a combination of picnic meals prepared by your guide and restaurant meals at carefully selected, award-winning establishments that reflect the local color and culture of Appalachia. We will also visit some of the Park’s best non-hiking highlights as well, which include the many historic sites of Cades Cove and the Oconoluftee Mountain Farm Museum. We feel that this trip gives you the best of the Smokies in three action-packed days that you won’t soon forget.
$415 Single Supplement
Unless otherwise requested, we will attempt to find you a roommate of the same gender. If you would like a single room, the single supplement will apply.
DIFFICULTY LEVEL 2
Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult
This trip travels along maintained trails. Day 1 will be the toughest along the Appalachian Trail then moves to “rails to trails” type of routes on day 2 and 3. There is moderate elevation gain that can be rocky. Light exposure on day 1 that can be avoided if needed.
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PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF THIS TRIP
- Hiking uphill or downhill with a 8-12 lb backpack for 5-7 hours
- Maintaining balance and footing on moderately rugged terrain
- Hiking with moderate heights exposure in one place, which can be avoided if necessary
SOLITUDE LEVEL 2
1 least solitude, 5 most solitude
We rate this Great Smoky Mountains backpacking trip a solitude 2. You can expect as much as an hour of solitude at a time.
TRAVEL TO ASHEVILLE
All North Carolina trips begin and end from Asheville, North Carolina. Asheville has an airport served by Allegiant Air, Delta, United, and US Airways. One can also fly into Greenville, South Carolina or Charlotte, North Carolina and drive to Asheville. It is a 1.5-hour drive from Greenville to Asheville and a 2-hour drive from Charlotte on good roads.
FROM ASHEVILLE AIRPORT
Asheville Airport Express (http://www.ashevilleairportexpress.com, 828-231-1053) and Harry’s Car Service run (828-774-8178) shuttles to and from downtown. Also a number of taxis are usually available on the curb in the Arrivals area.
Asheville Airport Express also runs daily vans from Charlotte and Greenville to Asheville.
Avis: 800-331-1212; Hertz 800-654- 3131; National: 800-227-7368; Thrifty: 800-367-2277; Alamo: 800-327-9633
MINIMUM OF 2 GUESTS
If a trip does not reach the minimum number of guests, you may choose to transfer to another trip date or another trip, be refunded your payments in full, or you may have the choice to pay a supplemental fee to run the trip with fewer guests. We make the final determination for these trips 4-6 weeks before the departure date, and notify guests of changes and options immediately.
Travel in perfect company by booking a private trip exclusively for your group!
Our sliding scale for private trips is based on the final number of guests in your group. Rates are per person and do not include sales tax, national park fees or guide gratuity. The final rate is based on the actual number of guests on the trip and may adjust based on cancellations or additions.
Please Note: you can also enjoy a private trip at our normal scheduled rates by filling any empty tour to capacity. However, if group members drop from the tour those spots will automatically become available on our website for instant booking. By purchasing a private trip at the rates listed below, your trip will remain exclusive to your group regardless of cancellations.
Private Rates FOr This Trip
- 2 People: Rate x 2.5
- 3 People: Rate x 2
- 4 People: Rate x 1.5
- 5+ People: Rate x 1.15
*all rates are per person and single supplements apply