Winter Creeks and Peaks
Asheville, NC4.9 (14 reviews)
- Winter Itinerary
- Appalachian Trail
- Beautiful Waterfalls
- Sweeping Views
- Mountain Solitude
- Scenic Camps
- Wildlife Viewing Opportunities
On our Winter Creeks and Peaks Smokies backpacking trip we combine the best of two worlds – big Smoky Mountain views and beautiful creekside hiking – in the year’s most peaceful season. The historically rich route we follow was used originally by early Native Americans, then settlers, loggers, and livestock herders after them. We’ll retrace their collective footsteps on a rejuvenating and adventurous Appalachian adventure.
We begin our trip hiking up a majestic mountain creek, whose cascades and scenery are some of the best in the Park. We’ll continue on for the next three days past fascinating historical sites, along a variety of charming streams and rivers, past two spectacular waterfalls, up to a historic fire-tower (2 towers on a 4 day itinerary) with awe-inspiring views and finally back to our starting point.
$910 Per Person
$1195 Per Person
DIFFICULTY LEVEL 4
Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult
The trip travels along an old rail road bed to camp that gains very little elevations. Day 2 will be a steep hike to the Appalachian Trail and will get a little more rugged to the summit. Day 3 (if a 4 day trip) will be the toughest day hiking up to Mt Sterling gaining quick elevation the entire time. The final day will be back down the railroad bed to the trailhead.
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PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF THIS TRIP
- Hiking uphill or downhill with a 35-45 lb backpack for 6-8 hours
- Maintaining balance and footing on moderately rugged terrain
- Possibly hiking on snowy or icy trails
SOLITUDE LEVEL 4
1 least solitude, 5 most solitude
We rate this Great Smoky Mountains backpacking trip a solitude 4. You can expect to see a couple of other groups of hikers per day.
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
Our Great Smoky Mountains National Park backpacking trips primarily utilize backcountry campsites vs. shelters. The shelters – particularly along the popular Appalachian Trail – are very crowded and often plagued by rodent infestations and other undesireable qualities. The backcountry campsites on the other hand have wonderful solitude, are often nestled near creeks, and in general offer a cleaner, much more authentic and rewarding wilderness experience. Our backpacking itineraries therefore may follow the Appalachian Trail (which requires staying in shelters) for a day or part of a day, but in general we have decided on quieter, more scenic loop hikes that provide quality camping and a genuine wilderness experience.
Feel free to give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) with any questions you have about campsites or our use of the Appalachian Trail!
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