#62 of 71 Gatlinburg Things To Do

A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods - A Great Way to Hike, Backpack, Camp, or Tour the Smokies
Staff Score:
5.0 / 5
The Bottom Line:

A Walk in the Woods has some of the most experienced guides in the business, and they're ready to make your trek into nature an unforgettable experience. Schedule a hike, backpack out to a campsite, or take a van tour. No matter which way you experience the Smokies, you'll learn more about the flora and fauna of the region and absorb its history in a whole new way.  

- The SmokyMountains.com Local Expert Team

Hiking can be one of the most rewarding experiences you can have in the Smoky Mountains. Not only will you truly experience nature while getting some stellar exercise, but you can really explore the nooks and crannies of the many trails. But if you’re not familiar with the area, it’s all too easy to take a wrong turn.

It’s why the guides of A Walk in the Woods are here to help you discover the region without the risk. Learn more about the ecosystems, culture, and history of the Smokies as you make your take deep breaths and leave the material world behind. From edible plants to animal prints, you’ll get a real sense of the forests and peaks along the way. Best of all, you have multiple ways to get your fix in.

Walks for Everyone
Some people want a laidback stroll while others want to huff and puff the whole way up. No matter what level you’re looking for, A Walk in the Woods has a hike for you. Go for an easy walk through the meadows and wildflowers as you learn more about the lives of the original settlers of the area. The folklore and legends are thrilling, and you’ll quickly find yourself immersed in the tales of your guide.

Or head out for a moderate walk, where you’ll pass through waterfalls and streams on your way to the highest peak of the Smokies. Marvel at the mist that surrounds the mountains, step on the soft emerald moss and keep your eyes peeled for a grazing elk. And if you’re really ready for a challenge, there are day hikes that will really take your breath away (both literally and figuratively).

Backpack & Camp
It’s not easy to get started with backpacking without having a little professional experience. And while you’re certainly free to rough it on your own, why not have someone who can make the experience a little more pleasant (and a lot safer)? A Walk in the Woods offers backpack tours in small groups so you everyone can get to know and trust one another. Even if you’re an expert backpacker, we’re willing to bet your guide can still teach you a thing or two about the Smokies!

Take a Tour
If you’d rather see the Smokies from somewhere a little more comfortable, you can schedule van or bus tours throughout the area. Head to Cades Cove in a large passenger van or take a bus tour through the Southern Appalachians.

There’s a reason why the guides here have won so many awards, and why you’ll find so many glowing reviews of the business. A Walk in the Woods is here to give you a love of nature, and you that passion can only be passed down by those who really know and understand the Smokies. It’s virtually guaranteed to give you a new appreciation for these age-old mountains.

Insider Tips: 
– All guides are experts in the Smokies and have explored and conquered its trails long before you ever sign up for a tour.
– Be ready to get a little dirty on your hike.