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“Wouldn't want to hike without them!!”

A Walk in the Woods
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US$ 40.00*
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Great Smoky Mountains Waterfall Adventure
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Celebrating 2 decades. Locally owned and operated since 1998. Recipient of the coveted REI Top Guide Award in 2012 and 2017, as well as the Travel Channel Top choice award. For 2 decades, we have taken over 100,000 people into the Smokies on a variety of excursions from driving tours, easy guided walks for families and novices, challenging adventures, to guided backpacking trips on the famous AT and more. We are the only guide service in the region where all of our guides are professionally trained naturalists, historians, storytellers and educators. As seen on Samantha Brown's Travel Channel Program, National Geographic Globe Trekkers, NBC Nightly News, Turner International, Backpacker Magazine, Endless Vacation, USA Today, AAA magazine Home and Away, National Geographic Adventurer, Outside Magazine, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Shape Magazine, Women's Health, Southern Living, the Chicago Tribune, Indianapolis Star, CNN and more.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Baby buggy parking, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 23 September 2011

Ask for Charles and his friend Sarah if you decide to hike Mt. LeConte. We were a group of 8 women (aged 50+). Charles and Sarah carried our overnight extras and made the experience very enjoyable and much easier. Both are experienced hikers/backpackers and were very kind and helpful to all of us. They quickly became part of our group experience! Can't imagine this trek without them. THANKS!!

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VesnaGatlinburg, Owner at A Walk in the Woods, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2011

What the reviewer failed to mention is that these amazing ladies were hiking up the toughest mountain around to celebrate an 80th birthday! And according to Charles, she could out hike the best hiker on our staff! We were so very proud to be a part of this incredible event and can honestly say that you make the rest of us look forward to our retirement years:) We also want to thank the lodge for making this incredible 80 year old woman a birthday cake! What a very special experience, on behalf of all of us at A Walk in the Woods, thank you so very much for allowing us to share that time with you!

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Reviewed 16 September 2011

I did the Backpacking 101 trip last weekend. Charles was the guide. It provided me with a great introduction to the park itself. Charles' knowledge about the trail heads, map usage, and campsite registration made the logistics of starting an overnighter easy. His knowledge of the park was quite fun and I enjoyed identifying trees that are not native to the Piedmont of NC. The smell and taste of wintergreen from the Black Birch branch was a special treat for me and walking in the old growth forest, made me feel like a hobbit walking with the Ents from the Lord of the Rings.

The other thing that was really helpful was the ability to see other equipment and try some things out. While I came with some of my own equipment, the option to look at other gear, try the water filter, see the simple added comfort of a "kitchen sink" made me think more about some things I'm actually going to take back to REI and exchange for other gear that will suit me better in the future. It was even good to try the vacuum-packed meals, which weren't all that bad.

Next steps are to learn to build a fire. Charles made it look way too easy.

I'll be signing up for one of the REI trips you all host as soon as I'm able.

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Reviewed 13 September 2011

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Reviewed 8 September 2011

We took the Nature's Cathedral walk with guide Charles Savidge. All seven hours of the experience were marvelous and enriching. A Walk in the Woods should be on everyone's itinerary.

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Reviewed 15 August 2011

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