Mount Sterling Appalachian Loop
Asheville, NC5.0 (35 reviews)
- Appalachian Trail Hiking
- Beautiful Waterfalls
- Amazing Views
- Majestic Backcountry Camps
- Wildlife Viewing Opportunities
- Fascinating Natural & Cultural History
- Guides Choice Trip
This is a truly fantastic trip, arguably our best overall and selected as the Guides Choice Trip in the Smokies. It ascends two peaks (Mount Cammerer on the Appalachian Trail and Mount Sterling with some of the best views in the whole park), it features old growth forests, a fire lookout constructed out of rock, plenty of historic sites, the highest backcountry campsite in the Park, waterfalls, a swimming hole and beautiful creekside hiking. The historical route we follow was used by Native Americans, settlers, loggers, and livestock herders before the national park was formed. We retrace their footsteps on this amazingly beautiful and diverse Appalachian adventure!
This trip is a loop hike, so there’s little backtracking and each day features new and exciting scenery. We start low in the valleys and follow a series of mountain creeks high into the mountains, where we are rewarded with amazing hiking and out-of-this-world views! We’ll thoroughly explore the ecology of the Smokies, which is phenomenally diverse, from the temperate rainforests to the high peaks. This Great Smoky Mountains trip‘s exhilarating hiking and majestic camping leave most guests with an awesome sense of accomplishment and rejuvenation.
$1095 Per Person
DIFFICULTY LEVEL 4
Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult
This trip travels along an old railroad bed day 1 until we reach camp. Day 2 has elevation gain all the way to the firetower, hiking over a rocky section of the Appalachian Trail and then we return to camp the way we came. Day 3 is the toughest day with the most elevation gained to the top of Mt. Sterling and day 4 has a quick drop off the mountain traveling along maintained trails that are rocky and rooty.
- Hiking uphill or downhill with a 35-45 lb backpack for 6-8 hours
- Maintaining balance and footing on moderately rugged terrain
- Ascending a maximum of 2820 feet in a day; descending a maximum of 4070 feet in a day
SOLITUDE LEVEL 3
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
TAXES AND FEES
North Carolina does not charge sales tax on services, so there is no sales tax for this trip.
All trips in Great Smoky Mountains National Park have a 5% fee required by the National Park Service. This fee is applied when your reservation is made and is passed through directly to the national park.
There are no other taxes or fees associated with this trip. Feel free to give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) with any questions!
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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