Guided Tours in the Smoky Mountains
A vacation to the Smoky Mountains is simply not complete without a visit to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. As the most visited national park in the U.S., the Smokies offer plenty for you to see, including 800+ miles of trails, 11 picnic areas, 16 waterfalls, 90 historic structures, and more!
If you want to make the most of your visit to the Smokies, then plan your visit to the national park with two of the best Smoky Mountain tour guides in Tennessee. Erik and Vesna Plakanis are husband and wife as well as owners of A Walk in the Woods, a top-rated tour guide service in the Smoky Mountains. For the past four years, their company has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor—even guiding Travel Channels’ Samantha Brown on a four-day adventure into the Smokies!
At A Walk in the Woods, you can take your Smoky Mountain hiking trip to the next level! Where else are you going to learn the natural and human history of the Smokies while enjoying its natural splendor? Where else will you hear Cherokee lore and Appalachian tall tales while walking amidst the places where these early residents used to live? You’ll learn about the kinds of food they ate, the medicine they used, and you’ll get to sample a tasty mountain treat of your own!
Choose from a variety of different guided hikes at A Walk in the Woods. They offer one-hour walks, two-to-three-hour hikes, half-day hikes, and full-day hikes, depending on your stamina and schedule. A few of the hikes they offer in the two-to-three-hour category include:
- A Stroll Back in Time—This two-and-a-half hour hike begins in one of the first settled areas in the national park. The trail follows an old roadbed that runs alongside a refreshing mountain stream. You’ll get to explore and learn the history of a small family cemetery, a 19th century barn, a restored cabin and more while taking in the splendor of the lush forest. This hike is great for those visiting the Smokies for the first time.
- Fall Color Walk—One of the most popular times to visit the Smokies is the fall, when the leaves are changing colors and cascading colors of pink, red, orange, and yellow ripple down the sides of the mountains. Enjoy a hike on the Appalachian Trail that allows you to soak in all the natural wonder of these fall colors on this three-hour hike.
- Natural Pools and Waterfalls—Get off the beaten path and view a hidden world of beautiful Appalachian Mountain waterfalls on this two-and-a-half hour hike. This tour also gives you a chance to really get back to nature by hiking through unmaintained trails through old farm fields. Be sure to wear your hiking boots for this one!
Another favorite option for visitors to the Smoky Mountains is to hike all the way to the top of Mt. LeConte—the third highest peak in the national park—with the team behind A Walk in the Woods by your side! They offer guided day hikes and overnight hikes as well. You’ll sleep in the rustic LeConte Lodge at the top of the mountain for a night in the woods you will never forget!
And these are just a few of the services A Walk in the Woods has to offer! You can plan hikes with a group, use their hiker shuttle, rent equipment, take classes/seminars, and so much more. If you would like more information about their services—including other hikes they offer, how to register for a hike, prices for their guided tours, etc.—check out their website.
And before you join up for one of these exciting tours, be sure to check your gear. You’ll need a good pair of hiking shoes/boots, sunscreen, a hat, a canteen for water, etc. If you get to the Smokies and realize you’ve left something at home, no problem! We’ve got plenty of outdoor outfitters to help you get ready for your Smoky Mountain adventure.