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Smoky Mountain Guides

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Smoky Mountain Guides: Adventure Awaits in the Smoky Mountains
Written by: David Angotti
Local Expert's Rating:
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The Bottom Line:

Embrace the beauty of Great Smoky Mountain National Park from a new perspective. Your journey with Smoky Mountain Guides will expose you to little-known waterfalls, amazing fly fishing spots, and a variety of other experiences you might otherwise miss if you go it alone.

- The SmokyMountains.com Local Expert Team

0If you dream of outdoor adventures in the Smoky Mountains but aren’t quite sure where to start, you’re the perfect candidate for a half, full-day, or multi-day expedition with Smoky Mountain Guides. This popular, local tour company plans and facilitates small group trips that expose travelers and locals alike to the best experiences of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Trip leaders are knowledgeable, experienced, and friendly. They’re determined to coax you out of your comfort zone without ever making you feel frightened or vulnerable. They love swapping travel stories and can provide excellent suggestions for local sites to check out after your guided tour.

Some of the profits from Smoky Mountain trips go towards a great cause: Camp Exodus. Designed specifically for those in poverty or otherwise in need, Camp Exodus provides outdoor experiences for people who might otherwise miss out on the wonders of the Smoky Mountains.

A few of our favorite activities and experiences include:

Extraordinary Hikes
With more than 10 guided hike options available, you are sure to find just the right one for your group. Whether you prefer an easy 3-hour hike or a full day hike, Smoky Mountain Guides have the experience and expertise to ensure you have an unforgettable trip.

Kayaking Tours
Experience all that the Great Smoky Mountains have to offer from a Flatwater Kayak Tour. These are views you won’t find anywhere else and so much fun!

Waterfalls and Wine
Every experience is better when accompanied with wine — and hiking in the Smokies is no different. Begin your four-hour journey with an exciting trek along a hidden trail. Your group will witness at least two ’boutique’ waterfalls. The hike is of moderate difficulty, so bring water and quality footwear. After your waterfall expedition, you’ll travel back into town for a well-deserved visit to Sugarland’s Cellars, where you can take a winery tour and enjoy a variety of samples.

Mountains and Moonshine
Discover the fascinating history of Moonshine in Appalachia. This popular auto tour demonstrates how the Smoky Mountain moonshine business was not just a ‘cat and mouse’ business based on adrenaline, but also a financial necessity for needy families. The tour will take you to the area’s most beautiful peaks and valleys, with several photo stops provided so you can take dozens of beautiful snapshots. Your journey ends at the Sugarlands Distilling Company, where you’ll sample the moonshine that once played such a pivotal role in the local economy.

Adventure Photography
You dream of taking gorgeous photographs of Smoky Mountains scenery but aren’t quite sure where to start. Why not book an adventure photography experience with Smoky Mountain Guides? Carefully customized based on your experience level and the type of photos you wish to take, this photography adventure will help you refine your technique while ensuring you get the best possible shots. Depending on your preferences, your guide may take you to gorgeous structures built in the 1800s or hidden waterfalls. Flowers, fall colors, and mountains — you’ll capture it all with the help of an experienced photographer.

Fly Fishing
Fly fishing in the Smoky Mountains isn’t quite like any other fishing experience. Smoky Mountain Guides offers several types of fishing trips to suit your schedule and desire for adventure. For a quick intro to the art of fly fishing, try a half-day trip for two people. You can also extend your journey to a full-day experience or even a multi-day journey. Whether you’re brand new to fly fishing or experienced, you’ll refine your technique and come away with some impressive catches.

Leaf Chasers
Experience the best of Smoky Mountains scenery during the autumn season. During the Leaf Chasers tour, your guide will introduce you to often missed spots in Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Both day hikes and auto tours are available.

Whether your idea of the perfect day involves fly fishing or wine, you will have a blast with Smoky Mountain Guides.

Insider Tips:
-While several trips emphasize hidden gems, some also take you to top attractions in Great Smoky Mountain National Park. If you book a trip featuring such hot spots as Clingmans Dome or Cades Cove, you’ll want to head out as early as possible; these areas can grow incredibly crowded during the afternoon, particularly during the summer and the peak of fall colors.
-Like any outdoor experience, trips are somewhat dependent on weather. If guides deem conditions dangerous, they may cancel your trip. Sometimes, however, you’ll get to choose whether to proceed. Many travelers report that hiking and auto tours are worth taking on rainy days, as precipitation limits crowds.