A Walk in the Woods

(865) 436-8283

With more than 60 years of hiking experience between them, A Walk in the Woods owners Erik and Vesna Plakanis have more than their fair share of hiking knowledge. Offering the best guided hiking tours of the Great Smoky Mountains; A Walk in the Woods has been exploring the forests for more than fifteen years. Serving more than 55,000 people, the passionate hiking guides will make the woods of the Smoky Mountains come alive for you!

Featured on the Travel Channel, Discovery Channel, Southern Living, the Washington Post and more, A Walk in the Woods is truly the best in the business. Experienced guides can offer information on medicinal and edible plants, outdoor survival tips and local history about the mountains. A Walk in the Woods offers hikes to Mt. LeConte, overnight adventures, Appalachian Trail hikes, seminars, equipment rentals, hiker shuttles and more.

Prices vary depending on which type of trip you would like to take, however, hiking adventures are open to anyone who is reasonably fit and open to try something new! As a guide service for the National Park, A Walk in the Woods does not have an office. Instead, plan your trip by calling them at: (865) 436-8283 and meet at the trailhead to embark on your journey!


A Walk in the Woods is open to cater to your needs and will be happy to lead you on any excursion you choose. Some of their trips and pricing include…

Inspiration Point Excursion

  • 4 hours
  • Mountain streams and beautiful views.
  • Moderate exertion level.
  • $52 or $50 with cash discount (price includes snacks!)

Pooch and Pal Trek

  • 1 hour
  • Walk along river – perfect to bring your pet along!
  • Easy exertion level.
  • $25 or $24 with cash discount.

Smoky Mountain Backpacking Adventure

  • Three days, two nights
  • Deep in the backcountry, ideal for those looking to learn more or new backpackers looking to test themselves.
  • Beginner and intermediate backpackers.
  • $405 or $355 if you provide own gear. Meals and guide are included in both prices.

A Walk in the Woods offers many other hiking adventures to suit your family’s needs. Whether you’re looking for a one hour kid-friendly tour or an overnight adventure, A Walk in the Woods offers something for you! Contact them by calling at (865) 436-8283 or visit their website at www.awalkinthewoods.com for more information.