Fall Colors in the Smokies Backpack
- Dramatic Fall Colors
- High Mountain Meadows
- Breathtaking Views
- Pristine Creeks
- Historic Fire Tower
- Appalachian Trail
There’s no better way to enjoy the explosion of fall colors in the Great Smoky Mountains than on a backpacking trip, far from the Park’s busy highways and crowded boardwalks. On this trip we hike into the backcountry for 4 days past waterfalls, along mountain ridges, near the shores of pristine creeks, to breathtaking views from high mountain meadows, and along a dramatic section of the Appalachian Trail to a historic fire tower. We’ll be surrounded by the explosion of colors the Smokies are famous for from mid October through early November. Trees like the sugar maple, scarlet oak, sweetgum, red maple, hickory and more transform from summer shades of green to reds, purples, oranges, pinks, yellows and more, turning the mountains into a kaleidoscope of colors that dazzle the senses.
Be ready to hike, enjoy, photograph and revel in the wonders of the Appalachian fall foliage season on this fall colors backpacking tour you’ll never forget!
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.
$1150 Per Person
DIFFICULTY LEVEL 3
Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult
This hike travels along a wide very well maintained trail all the way to the first camp. Day 3 will have us crossing two creeks right out of camp and then making a short but steep climb to the ridge. Once summiting the top, a quick drop down to camp for night 3. Day 4 will be down hill along a maintained trail back to the trailhead.
Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:
- Hiking uphill or downhill with a 35-45 lb backpack for 6-8 hours
- Maintaining balance and footing on moderately rugged terrain
- Creek crossings
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.
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
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 1.75
- 4 People: Rate x 1.25
- 5+ People: Rate x 1.15
*all rates are per person