A Walk in the Woods offers a wide range of Driving Tours and Step On Services for Bus Tours to help you enjoy the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to its fullest! With all our tours, we try to engage all your senses in a fun, hands on environment. We mix interpretive scenic drives, stops at beautiful vistas, and short easy walks presented by Park Trail Guides.

All Van Tours include transportation.

We have worked with schools, scouts, business, civic and church groups, family reunions and more. Bringing a bus into the area? We can help you plan your trip and step on your bus to provide a guided tour.

Questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Some of the Services we offer :

Title of Tour The Mountains are Calling Van Tour
Length/Price
Two and a Half Hours
$40 per person, $35 for groups over six. 4 Person Min/11 Person Max. 10% Discount for groups over 8.
Rating Easy. Suitable for anybody in reasonable shape.
Upcoming Dates
Call for schedule (865) 436-8283 or request tour online
Description

Our trip begins at the Sugarlands Visitor's Center when your Naturalist guide from A Walk in the Woods give you a guided tour up the Mountain. The guided tour includes several beautiful photographic opportunities of the sea of mountains, a stop to see the Rockefeller Memorial at Newfound Gap (the TN/NC boarder), plus stories of the natural and human history of the Park. After photos of the sea of mountains, we'll head back down the mountains and stretch our legs on a half hour history tour. Learn how the settles of the area farmed these rugged mountains, find out what the Cherokee used to cure headaches, soak your feet in the clear mountain stream...you may even get to taste a wild mountain treat.

Title of Tour Smoky Mountain High Van Tour
Length/Price
Three Hours
$50 per person, $40 for groups over six. 4 Person Min/11 Person Max. 10% Discount for groups over 8.
Rating Easy. Suitable for anybody in reasonable shape.
Upcoming Dates
Call for schedule (865) 436-8283 or request tour online
Description

Take a guided trip to the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and the second highest east of the Mississippi, Clingman's Dome. Our trip begins at the Sugarlands Visitor's Center when your Naturalist guide from A Walk in the Woods joins your bus and gives you a guided tour up the Mountain. The guided tour includes several beautiful photographic opportunities of the sea of mountains, a stop to see the Rockefeller Memorial at Newfound Gap (the TN/NC boarder), a drive up the highest road in the East sprinkled with stories of the natural and human history of the Park. We'll stop and stretch our legs for a short walk on the famous Appalachian Trail before heading back down.

Title of Tour There's Shine in Them Thar Hills
Length/Price
Three Hours
$50 per person, $40 for groups over six. 4 Person Min/11 Person Max. 10% Discount for groups over 8.
Rating Easy. Suitable for anybody in reasonable shape. This program is for those 21 years of age or older.
Upcoming Dates
Call for schedule (865) 436-8283 or request tour online
Description

Why was moonshining so important the Smoky Mountains? Believe it or not, this cultural sensation started simply with a fungus. We’ll explore the history of moonshine and the establishment of Great Smoky Mountains National Park on this low elevation van and walking tour. Enjoy panoramic photo opportunities on the way to an abandoned ghost town. The tour then takes us on an easy, one mile walk to see one of only a few mature Chestnut trees left in the region as you discover there might still be shine in them thar hills. We’ll end the tour with a drive back to downtown Gatlinburg and drop off at Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery, “The Holler,” for a half hour tour, a chance to see the distillation process, do a taste testing, and use your special VIP pass for a 10% discount.

Title of Tour Ghosts of Smokies Past
Length/Price
Three Hours
$50 per person, $40 for groups over six. 4 Person Min/11 Person Max. 10% Discount for groups over 8.
Rating Easy. Suitable for anybody in reasonable shape.
Upcoming Dates
Call for schedule (865) 436-8283 or request tour online
Description

For 2016, in honor of the 100-year anniversary of the National Park Service, enjoy picturesque scenery including rambling creeks and views of the Forks of the River valley, this low elevation van tour will delve into the history and establishment of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Visit the not so scary site of a ghost town located in the Smokies. Figure out the mystery on this guided motor tour of the “abandoned” settlement of Elkmont. Interested in the human side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park? We’ll explore the cultural history of the area from its earliest inhabitants through European settlement to commercial logging and the establishment of the National Park. We’ll view a once vibrant but now very different looking settlement of vacation cottages dating to the 1910’s and talk about the area’s controversial past and the Park’s plans for the future. We will get out and stretch our legs for an easy walk along the beautiful Little River and if we have time, will do a quick tour to view a beautiful, small hidden cascade.

Title of Class History and Turkeys and Bears...Oh My! Van Tour
Length/Price
Five to Six Hours
$75 per person, $60 for groups over six. 4 Person Min/11 Person Max. 10% Discount for groups over 8.
Rating Easy. Suitable for anybody in reasonable shape.
Upcoming Dates
Call for schedule (865) 436-8283 or request tour online
Description

Cades Cove is so popular, it could be its own National Park. With almost three million visitors a year, this beautiful valley can often become a frustrating driving experience. Let our experienced naturalists take the burden of driving off of you as you sit back in our comfy large passenger van. Our tours begin at the Sugarlands Visitors Center. This highly interpretive tour will include many beautiful stops as we wind our way to the famous Cove. Explore the rich Southern Appalachian history in this living museum, through the 6000 acre valley. Visit cemeteries, churches, beautifully restored cabins, learn the history of the incredible inhabitants of this area, from the incredible Cherokee to the fiercely independent Scottish and Irish settlers. On many of these tours, our guests will be lucky enough to spot the icon of the Smokies, the black bear. Birds, deer and even coyotes frequent this verdant valley. Feeling a little adventurous? We might take you to see the mouth of a hidden cave and even glimpse some sleeping bats! What did kids do before video games? You'll find out when we take a hidden path. We can also offer a delicious and healthy gourmet picnic if you want to make a day of it.

A Walk in the Woods is starting our 19th year of business. In that time we have safely helped over 81,500 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.

Please call (865) 436-8283 or email for reservations and more information.

 

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