Appalachian Fall Foliage Tour
Asheville, NC5.0 (1 reviews)
- Stunning Fall Colors
- Appalachia's Most Magical Season
- Iconic Waterfalls
- Mountain Views
- Pristine Creeks & Rivers
- Fascinating History
Every autumn the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee go through a magical and breathtaking transformation. The diverse deciduous forests of the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains combust in a kaleidoscope of fantastic colors: vibrant reds, deep oranges, yellows, pinks and more. The trees that comprise this region’s amazing forests – sugar maple, scarlet oak, sweetgum, red maple, hickory and more – cover the mountains’ high peaks, ridges and valleys. When they begin their autumn transformation, they treat us to one of nature’s most stunning displays. As we hike, sightsee and learn about the area, we explore a mountain landscape abundant with pristine creeks, waterfalls, wildlife, big mountain views, history and more.
We’ll enjoy long days of hiking and sightseeing, wonderful meals at hand-picked restaurants, and cozy lodging at classic Appalachian hotels and lodges. Join us for an unforgettable experience in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the mountains around Asheville (Blue Ridge) for a fall foliage experience unlike any other!
Please Note: 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.
$425 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 3
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. There is moderate elevation gain that can be rocky. Light exposure on day 1 that can be avoided if needed. Day 3 and 4 will be along rougher trails that are in designated Wildernesses that do not see a lot of maintenance.
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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
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.
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