Leave the road far behind and come on a guided backpacking trip with A Walk in the Woods for a true wilderness experience.

Just starting out? Avoid the trials and pain of learning the skills of backpacking through the school of hard knocks. Before your trip, we will talk to you about your experience and expectations. We'll tell you what you can expect, what to bring, what not to bring, even how to pack it. And that's just the beginning. Your guide will help to make this wilderness experience as safe and fulfilling as possible. On your trip, you will learn wilderness and backpacking skills and all about the natural world. These trips are dedicated to building self reliance in each backpacker. Our groups are small enough to allow us to get to know each other, and to travel as a team, with confidence, trust, and humor while creating a feeling of ease in nature. Wilderness backpacking is the most rewarding way to experience a bit of real America. Because you do it on your own two feet, you'll bring back a dramatic sense of accomplishment that flows into your daily life.

 

Backpacking is suited to anybody who is healthy, reasonably fit, and open to the hands on experience of learning a new hobby.

Been backpacking for years? How about traveling with your own naturalist while learning more about the forest you love. You'll learn how to identify plants useful for food and medicine, how to cure a headache, what to do if lost in the woods, how to avoid getting struck by lightening during a thunderstorm, and everything you need to make your trips through the wilderness safer and more enjoyable. These hands on experiences are like learning about the brush strokes in a painting. When you emerge from your trip, you will truly see the forest for the trees, the plants, the mushrooms, the animals ....

 

Let A Walk in the Woods Customize a Backpacking Trip just for you, or join one of our Pre-Scheduled backpacking trips.
Customized Backpacking Trips
We will design a personalized adventure based on your abilities, experience and expectations. The process starts with a questionnaire about yourself, what you want to experience and what you want to take away with you. From this we will build an excursion tailored just for you and your group.

 

Pricing for Customized Backpacking Trips start at: $350. Additional charges apply for trips requiring transportation. Discounts available for parties of 2 or more.

Family Rate Special for those with children under 18 : up to four family members start at $740 per night. $70 for each additional person.

Questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Request a Customized Backpacking Trip Online

 

Pre-Scheduled Backpacking Trips
2015 Schedule

 

Rather join a group of others with common interests? Sign up for one of our Pre-Scheduled Backpacking Trips for 2014 below:
Title of Trip Backpacking 101: Everything you ever wanted to learn about backpacking, but were afraid to ask. Just like Samantha Brown did on the Travel Channel
Length/Price
Two Days One Night
$235 total/includes all backpacking gear*, meals and guide. $205 total if you provide your own backpacking gear. Outing size restricted to 8 people total including guide.
Rating Moderate. For beginner and intermediate backpackers.
Upcoming Dates

March 21st - March 22nd (Saturday - Sunday)
April 25th - April 26th (Saturday - Sunday)
May 2nd - 3rd (Saturday - Sunday)
May 23rd - 24th (Saturday - Sunday)
June 20th - 21st (Saturday - Sunday)
July 18th - 19th (Saturday - Sunday)
August 8th - 9th (Saturday - Sunday)
September 5th - 6th (Saturday - Sunday)
October 10th - 11th (Saturday - Sunday)
October 31st - November 1st (Saturday through Sunday)
To reserve, please call (865) 436-8283 or reserve course online
Description

Turn that curiosity into knowledge with a one night trip into the woods. Learn everything about the exciting and challenging sport of backpacking while meeting other people. On this trip, you will learn all the steps needed to become a proficient backpacker, find out what to pack and not to pack, how to pack and how to wear your pack for the most comfort. You'll learn how to use the best gear and what to do in the event that things don't go as planned, if the weather changes or your gear doesn't work well. You'll learn how to identify wild plants, which ones are edible and poisonous, how to cure headaches and poison ivy, and how to survive in case of emergency. We'll start with a brief class on backpacking and apply it in real life.

Title of Trip Winter Wonderland Backpacking 101
Length/Price
Two Days One Night
$275 total/includes all backpacking gear*, meals and guide.
$250 total if you provide your own backpacking gear.
Outing size restricted to 8 people total including guide.
Rating Moderate. For beginner and intermediate backpackers.
Upcoming Dates
December 20th - 21st 2014 (Saturday - Sunday)
January 17th - 18th (Saturday - Sunday)
February 18th - 19th (Saturday - Sunday)
To reserve, please call (865) 436-8283 or reserve course online
Description

Learn everything you need to know about safely enjoying the sport of winter backpacking as you experience the solitude of the Smokies in winter. You will increase your confidence as you enter a different world. During these trips we will have greater opportunities to view wildlife, learn animal tracking, explore homestead sites normally hidden in the thick foliage, and encounter the Park during the quiet season.  Our guides will teach you the tricks to staying warm, dry and comfortable on cold winter nights in the backcountry. Learn how to make a fire even in a wet environment, basic survival skills, how to prevent hypothermia and more, all designed to help you gain the expertise to backpack in any weather!

Title of Trip Women in Wilderness
Length/Price
Three Days Two Nights
$445 total/includes all backpacking gear*, meals and guide.
$390 total if you provide your own backpacking gear.
Outing size restricted to 8 people total including guide.
Rating Moderate. For beginner and intermediate backpackers.
Upcoming Dates
March 13th - 15th (Friday - Sunday)
March 27th - 29th (Friday - Sunday)
April 17th - 19th (Friday - Sunday)
May 1st - 3rd (Friday - Sunday)
May 23rd - 25th (Saturday - Monday)
June 12th - 14th (Friday - Sunday)
July 10th - 12th (Friday - Sunday)
September 25th - 27th (Friday - Sunday)
October 9th - 11th (Friday - Sunday)
October 30th - Nov 1st (Friday - Sunday)
To reserve, please call (865) 436-8283 or reserve course online
Description

Need a little time out from your daily life? Immerse yourself in the calming embrace of nature as your cares drop off like leaves in autumn. Leave your stress behind as you challenge yourself to an adventure. On these trips, you will learn the backpacking secrets of experienced guides, the proper gear to bring, the right way to wear a pack, unlock the mysteries of pain free long distance hiking and more. Along the way, learn about wild plants and their medicinal and edible uses, taste wild foods and teas, learn how to be safe in the wilderness, what to do if lost in the woods, and how to be comfortable while sleeping in the outdoors. This is a time to celebrate your body, to push your limits and discover your hidden strengths. But don't worry, we'll ease into the trip, taking plenty of time for photos and rest, and help you to rediscover your inner kid through games, journaling, laughter and camaraderie. Come to this prepared to make friends, learn about yourself and reconnect with nature.

Title of Trip Smoky Mountain Backpacking Adventure
Length/Price
Three Days Two Nights
$445 total/includes all backpacking gear*, meals and guide.
$390 total if you provide your own backpacking gear.
Outing size restricted to 8 people total including guide.
Rating Moderate. For beginner and intermediate backpackers.
Upcoming Dates
March 20th - 22nd (Friday - Sunday)
April 10th - 12th (Friday - Sunday)
May 15th - 17th (Friday - Sunday)
June 19th - 21st(Friday - Sunday)
July 24th - 26th (Friday - Sunday)
August 14th - 16th (Friday - Sunday)
September 5th - 7th (Saturday - Monday)
October 16th - 18th (Friday - Sunday)
November 6th - 8th (Friday - Sunday)
To reserve, please call (865) 436-8283 or reserve course online
Description

Been backpacking for years, but are looking to hone your skills and learn more about nature? New to backpacking but want to learn while physically testing yourself? These two night trips are designed to challenge you while leaving you refreshed and ready for the "real world." Learn the backpacking secrets of experienced guides, the right way to wear a pack, how to unlock the mysteries of pain free long distance hiking, and more. Along the way, you will learn about plants and their uses, animals and their habits, how to travel safely through the wilderness, and what to do if things go wrong. These trips will take you deeper into the backcountry than any one night trip, truly allowing you to get away from the stresses of everyday life. Explore old growth forests, pristine streams, incredible history, a sea of mountains and plants found only here and nowhere else on earth. We may even spot the Smoky Mountain icon, the black bear. Caution, backpacking side effects include: feeling awkward without a backpack, self confidence and a hunger to explore more wilderness!

Title of Trip Great Smoky Mountains Backpack – Appalachian Trail through REI Adventures
Length/Price
Four Days Three Nights
$700 REI Member
$775 Non-member
Outing size restricted to 6 clients and 2 guides.
Rating

This trip is rated Vigorous (4) as we plan to hike for 6-10 hours per day most days on steep, rocky, sometimes exposed terrain, gaining and/or losing up to just over 3,000 feet in elevation some days.

Upcoming Dates
June 4th - 7th (Thursday - Sunday) SOLD OUT
June 11th - 14th (Thursday - Sunday)
June 18th – June 21st (Thursday - Sunday)
June 25th – June 28th (Thursday - Sunday)
July 2nd - 5th (Thursday - Sunday)
July 9th - 12th (Thursday - Sunday)
July 16th - 19th (Thursday - Sunday)
July 23rd - 26th (Thursday - Sunday)
July 30th - Aug 2nd (Thursday - Sunday)
August 6th - 9th (Thursday - Sunday)
August 13th - 16th (Thursday - Sunday)
August 27th - 30th (Thursday - Sunday)
Sept 4th – 7th (Friday - Monday)
Sept 10th – 13th (Thursday - Sunday)
Sept 17th – 20th (Thursday - Sunday)
Sept 27th - 30th (Thursday - Sunday)
Oct 4th – 7th (Sunday - Wednesday)
Oct 11th – Oct 14th (Sunday - Wednesday)
Oct 18th– Oct 21st (Sunday - Wednesday)
Oct 25th - Oct 28th (Sunday - Wednesday)
Description The Appalachian Trail through the Great Smoky Mountains offers fantastic hiking and expansive mountain views.  We backpack from one primitive shelter to the next on this short section of a classic route, where hikers can expect an authentic taste of the Appalachian Trail thru-hiker life. Our experienced guides will offer instruction for those looking to hone their skills in survival techniques, backpacking basics and learn about native plants and their uses. This is a REI Adventures trip with ground operations provided by A Walk in the Woods.

Please see REI Adventures for more details and to book.

* Please Note : Trekking Poles are an additional $7 per person.

We also offer Pre-Scheduled Trips exclusively for Women. Please visit our Women in the Wilderness page for more information.

Spaces are limited. Please call: 865-436-8283 or e-mail for more information.

A Walk in the Woods is in our 16th year of business. In that time we have safely helped over 61,000 people enjoy the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

We are permitted through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and insured. We are certified in Wilderness First Responder, Professional Level CPR and Non-Lethal Aversive Bear Conditioning.

 

 

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