Smoky Mountains Classic
Asheville, NC5.0 (24 reviews)
- Iconic Grassy Bald
- Backcountry Cascades
- Sunset Dinner with Views
- Amazing Pioneer Historical Sites
- Stunning Meadows & Forests
- Phenomenal Biodiversity
Our Smoky Mountains Classic is an opportunity to fully enjoy one of the Park’s most iconic and scenic features: the grassy bald, along with amazing views from a fire tower, hiking on the Appalachian Trail and more! This trip is centered around one of the Park’s most impressive grassy balds (treeless high point plateau with epic views) and allows for tremendous views of the historically rich Cades Cove and surrounding mountains. This is also a wonderful wildlife trip, as we often see deer, elk, and black bears as they all rely on the resources provided by the grassy balds.
Our Great Smoky Mountains trip begins on the banks of the Little Tennessee River, where we work our way up a few different mountain creeks that lead us into the higher mountains. We’ll pass waterfalls, hike along ridges, stop to explore the flora and fauna of these amazing forests, and eventually arrive at a famous grassy bald. Camp is not far away, so after initially enjoying the views we’ll return that evening for a sunset dinner in one of the most magnificent settings imaginable. On the 4-day itinerary, we head to a historic fire tower on Day 3. We’ll take a different way back down on the last day, creating a wonderful loop hike.
$860 Per Person
$1095 Per Person
DIFFICULTY LEVEL 3
Our difficulty ratings are based on a scale of 1-5, tours with a rating of 1 being least difficult, tours with a rating of 5 being most difficult
- Backpack Weight:
- 25-35 pounds
- Daily Hiking Distances:
- 4-7 miles
- Most Elevation Loss:
- 3320 feet
- Most Elevation Gain:
- 2120 feet
- Quality of Trails:
- Well maintained
- This trip follows good rock and dirt trails.
- be active and healthy
- exercise several times per week
- be comfortable hiking 6-8 miles per day in hilly or mountainous terrain with a 25-pound backpack
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
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