The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the U.S. It attracts millions of visitors each year because of its hundreds of miles of trails (800+), cool mountain streams, rushing waterfalls, variety of trees and blooming wildflowers, changing leaves in the fall, diversity of wildlife, and incredible mountain vistas and valley views. It’s also located more centrally within the U.S. than many national parks, so it’s a short drive for many.
With all of that, it’s no wonder that so many people make their way to the Great Smoky Mountains for vacations all throughout the year. Fall is a great time to see the landscape transform from green to rich reds, golds, and yellows and enjoy the crisp, cool air. In spring and summer, enjoy wildflowers, bright green trees, warm air, and flowing waterfalls. Winter ushers in a wonderland of snow and ice, giving you a whole new look at the Smokies.
You can always explore the area on your own, but we know you want to get the most out of your time in the Smokies. You’ve saved all year for a mountain getaway, and you probably only have a week to fit in as much as you can. That’s where Smoky Mountain Guides comes in.
Smoky Mountain Guides
At Smoky Mountain Guides, you’ll find professionals who know the area, know the outdoors, and love showing others how great the Great Smoky Mountains are. They offer everything from all-inclusive corporate retreats to guided hikes for just a few. Their tours, whether by foot or by car, are the perfect way to see as much of the mountains (and the best places!) as possible. They’ve even been featured on History Channel, TravelChannel.com, and Travel Mindset.
Some of their tours include:
- Guided hikes
- Auto tours
- Interpretive history walks
- Wildflower hikes
- Guided waterfall hikes
- Hiking trips across the Appalachian Trail
- Fly fishing trips
- All-inclusive corporate retreats
There are plenty of scenic drives through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but if you want to enjoy the views without the hassle of driving yourself, try an auto tour with Smoky Mountain Guides.
Along the drive, they’ll tell you about the area, from moonshine and logging to the Sugarland Valley and historic Cades Cove. Tours also range from 3 hours to an entire day, so you can enjoy a ride no matter how much time you have to commit.
Hiking is easily one of the most popular activities in the Smokies. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is home to hundreds of miles of trails that take you to historic buildings, gorgeous waterfalls, and mountain vistas – not to mention the beautiful scenery along the way.
On guided hikes with Smoky Mountain Guides, you’ll get those same great views with experienced guides who can take you to the best spots and tell you all about them. They take all the guesswork out; all you have to do is let them know how far you want to go and what you want to see. And you don’t have to be a seasoned hiker for these trails. They have short, easy hikes and longer challenging hikes to fit any age and skill level.
Smoky Mountain Guides has some great options already on their tour menu, but you can also create your own day out! Customize your day or check out:
- The Mountaineers Way
- Cascading Adventure
- Grotto Falls + Brushy Mountain
- Alum Bluffs + Mount LeConte
- Courthouse Rock
- Charlies Bunion + The Appalachian Trail
One great thing about the Great Smoky Mountains is the changing seasons. The area truly offers 4 distinct seasons: warm summers, breezy springs, crisp falls, and cool winters. With those unique seasons come varying views, changing temperatures, and a huge diversity of seasonal activities.
Smoky Mountain Guides’ specialty trips take advantage of the seasons, offering you something different and fun any time of year you visit. Come, explore, and see what the Smokies is all about.
Different specialty trips:
- Trek + Dine Chow down on fajitas or pasta (and dessert!) after a backcountry hike through the scenic Smoky Mountains.
- Waterfalls + Wine Hike along an enchanting trail with cascades and waterfalls before heading into town for some local wine at Sugarland Cellars.
- Synchronized Lightning Bugs This must-see experience will be elevated with transportation, heavy hors d’oeuvres around a fire, and more. Or step it up a notch with the Luxury + Lightning Bugs tour.
- Leaf Chasers Spectacular fall colors explode over the mountains each fall. This tour will take you to all the best viewing spots!
- FLy Fishing For seasoned anglers or beginners, this tour will take you out into the cool waters of the mountains for a half, full, or multi-day fishing trip.
- Adventure Photography Get the perfect souvenir – a fantastic photograph – and some great wilderness photography tips with guides who can show you the best places for the best shots.
Looking for something a little more involved? If you’re here for a week and want to really invest some time into exploring the Smokies (and we hope you do!), take advantage of the multi-day trips offered with Smoky Mountain Guides. They have some incredible options, taking you all around the area for some one-of-a-kind experiences.
You can travel to the highest backcountry campsite in the national park, spend 3 or 4 days breaking in your hiking shoes on the Appalachian Trail, walk in a winter wonderland (literally), enjoy gourmet meals, take a memorable father-son adventure, and more.
Smoky Mountain Guides offers a range of corporate services, from retreats to team-building activities. They can do simple exercises and short trips to give your team a little boost, and they can put on full-service corporate retreats for some serious growth. And you don’t have to be corporate for a retreat. They can accommodate families, schools, and church groups as well. Give them a call at 865.654.4545 to get started.
They’ll do as little or as much as you need, with services ranging from helping you pick a venue and choosing activities for your group to food and drink choices and photography and videography services.
Beyond their tours and guided hikes, Smoky Mountain Guides also offers shuttle services for any occasion. Want to kick up your feet after a one-way hike? Hop in their shuttle and they’ll take you back to your start! Need to grab some more food and supplies and don’t want to drive into town? They’ll pick you up and take you back. They also offer outdoor safety consulting for film crews, offering expertise, local guiding, and safe operation plans.
Want to know more about the professionals who will be leading you over the river and through the woods? Go online to read about the guides. They’re all about personal attention, so tours are small. You’ll have plenty of time to ask your guides questions, and they’re sure to ask you what your hopes for the tour are as well.
Along with being professional, the guides are from the Great Smoky Mountains, so they really know the area. They also know, and stay up to date with, wilderness medicine protocol. So in case of an emergency, you’ll be in good hands.
Deals with the Cabins For You Partner Program
From a blog and website loaded with tips, tricks, recipes, and local info to beautiful cabins with everything you need for a great stay, we always work to make your stay in the Smokies easier and more fun. And with our new Cabins For You Partner Program, you’ll go home with more money in your pockets, too.
We’ve teamed up with top area attractions to offer unique discounts for our guests. If you have 1-3 people, you’ll save 10% on existing trips (you’ll join another group) with Smoky Mountain Guides. If you have 4 or more people, you’ll get 10% off any tour on the website!
Smoky Mountain Guides
278 Ruth Lane