SMOKY MOUNTAINS CAMPING
Hike through old-growth forests and experience backcountry camping and glamping in one of America’s most picturesque national parks.
August 20 – August 23, 2021
October 20 – October 23, 2021
You’ll spend four days hiking secluded trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and three nights camping under the stars. Hike a spectacular section of the historic Appalachian Trail and keep an eye out for black bears, salamanders, coyotes, deer, and bobcats while on the trail!
Day 1: Your guide will meet you at Knoxville Mcghee Tyson Airport and whisk you straight off to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The afternoon will be spent enjoying a hike around the wooded trails in the national park, before setting up your tent. In the evening, you’ll enjoy getting to know the group around the campfire and your guides will brief you on tomorrow’s big hike.
Meals: L, D
Day 2: Today you’ll hit the trails, taking in the misty blue vistas of ‘The Smokies’. After an amazing day of hiking, you’ll arrive at your backcountry campsite ready to cook a well-earned dinner around the campfire before another night sleeping out in the wild.
Meals: B, L, D
Day 3: Today you’ll continue hiking, venturing onto the Appalachian Trail with the backdrop of the Great Smoky Mountains for company again, eventually making your way out of the backcountry. The evening will be spent back in the lush, wooded area at your luxury glamping spot. You’ve earned it!
Meals: B, L, D
Day 4: Today you can either have a leisurely morning at camp or opt for one last hike before it’s time to head back to Knoxville for your departing flight!
Meals: B, L
- Backpack (45+ liters)
- Luggage (Can be left in the van. Limit of one small suitcase per person.)
- Warm jacket
- Rain jacket
- Rain pants (optional)
- Wool socks
- Breathable wicking layers
- Warm hat & sunhat
- Buff or neckscarf
- Lightweight hiking pants
- Comfortable clothes for camp
- Warm clothes to sleep in
- Sandals or camp shoes
- Pack cover
- Hiking boots
- Sleeping bag (also available to rent)
- Cotton or silk sleeping bag liner (optional)
- Travel pillow (optional)
- Insect repellant
- Personal first-aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
- Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, hand gel, sanitary wear, etc)
- Quick-dry towel
- Reusable water bottles or bladders (3L capacity)
In July and August, you can expect cool mornings followed by warm pleasant daytime temperatures. Summer days are typically sunny, with an occasional thunderstorm. Daytime highs are mostly in the 70s Fahrenheit, occasionally creeping up to the 80s.
September is a little cooler, particularly in the mornings and evenings while camping out, so bring extra layers of clothing. October can vary, often getting cold in the mornings and evenings but comfortable during the day. Dress in layers to adapt to changing temperatures!
Expect to spend up to 6 hours per day walking or hiking (up to 10 miles and 2500ft elevation change) while carrying day packs with water and snacks!
Suitable for fit people with hiking experience.
- Two nights camping in Smoky Mountains National Park.
- Glamping experience at Under Canvas.
Your host will meet you at McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville, Tennessee at 12 pm on Day 1 so please book a flight that arrives before 11.30 am. Alternatively, you can be collected at your accommodation in Knoxville at 10:30 am if you are already in town.
Your trip ends back at McGhee Tyson Airport at 4 pm on Day 4. We recommend booking a flight that leaves after 5:30 pm to ensure you have enough time. Alternatively, you can be dropped at your accommodation in Knoxville if you are staying on.
Round trip transportation
Private, medically-trained, naturalist guide
All meals from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on day 4
Park entry fees & permits
Tent & sleeping pad
- Not Included
Gratuity for your guide