Blue Ridge & Great Smoky Mountains Women's Walking & Hiking Tour

Small Group Adventures for:

Couples, Friends & Solos Adults 18+

Women's Adventures Women 18+

Families with Young Adults 20s & Beyond Best for ages 20+ (min. age 18)

Families with Older Teens & 20s Best for ages 17-23 (min. age 14)

Families with Teens & Kids Best for ages 9-17 (min. age 4)

From $3,199 - $3,299 /person

5 days

4 nights

Activity Levels 2-4

We categorize our trips based on a range of activity levels from leisurely (1) to avid (5) with plenty of options in between.

Casual Hotels

Premiere Hotels - From lavish luxury to on-trend boutique, offering experiences as unique as the regions we explore.

Casual Plus Hotels - A step above Casual but not quite Premiere.

Casual Hotels - Known for their character, charm and proximity to outdoor adventures and Backroads activities.

Small Luxury Ships - Unpack once and cover more distance on an intimate ship with spacious staterooms and superb amenities.

Blue Ridge & Great Smoky Mountains Women's Walking & Hiking Tour

Small Group Adventures for:

Couples, Friends & Solos Adults 18+

Women's Adventures Women 18+

Families with Young Adults 20s & Beyond Best for ages 20+ (min. age 18)

Families with Older Teens & 20s Best for ages 17-23 (min. age 14)

Families with Teens & Kids Best for ages 9-17 (min. age 4)

5 days

4 nights

Activity Levels 2-4

We categorize our trips based on a range of activity levels from leisurely (1) to avid (5) with plenty of options in between.

Casual Hotels

Premiere Hotels - From lavish luxury to on-trend boutique, offering experiences as unique as the regions we explore.

Casual Plus Hotels - A step above Casual but not quite Premiere.

Casual Hotels - Known for their character, charm and proximity to outdoor adventures and Backroads activities.

Small Luxury Ships - Unpack once and cover more distance on an intimate ship with spacious staterooms and superb amenities.

2025: May, Oct

From $3,199 - $3,299 /person

National Park Adventures in North Carolina & Tennessee

Witnessing the dark-blue tint of the Blue Ridge peaks from a distance and smoke-like fog rolling over the Great Smokies in the wee morning hours—just two reasons this is one of our favorite hiking destinations. Once you've explored the rhododendron-shaded trails, felt the mist of waterfalls on your face and witnessed the rolling valleys and majestic shapes of the Appalachian range, we're willing to bet you'll add them to your favorites list.

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Highlights

  • Explore the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains with spectacular waterfalls, oak and pine trees, and endless vistas
  • Follow wooded trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, home to elk, black bears and over 200 bird species
  • Kick up your feet and relax on porch swings at charming cabins tucked into forest settings and sit down to fine southern cooking
  • Hike through high-country alpine forest, along pristine streams and rivers, and amid natural beauty along the Appalachian Trail
North Carolina Blue Ridge & Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains Walking & Hiking Tour map

North Carolina

Start/End Asheville

Airports & Travel details*

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Itinerary

Days 1-2

Description

Meet in Asheville—a town with an appealing blend of Jazz Age sophistication and bohemian eccentricity • Soak up the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with stretch-forever vistas of valleys, mountains, woodland, waterfalls and historic sites • In the Great Balsam Mountains, keep an eye out for migratory birds as you scan alpine views • Our walk through pine and hemlock woodland in DuPont State Forest is all about waterfalls—four postcard-perfect cascades that range from 8 to 120 feet • Trek to Bridal Veil Falls to witness its waters rushing down exposed granite • Take in the forest surroundings from the private porch of your cabin in Pisgah Forest • End the day with a lively bluegrass performance during dinner.

Accommodations
Pilot Cove

(2 nights)

Nights 1-2

Pilot Cove
Pisgah Forest
Casual Hotel

Bordering Pisgah National Forest, the modern cabins at Pilot Cove are designed to blend into their verdant setting and have easy access to area trails.

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Days 3-5

Description

Step into Tennessee for our first hike in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, an International Biosphere Reserve • Climb the famous Appalachian Trail for views of the Smokies, including Mount Le Conte and Myrtle Point • Pass by Fraser fir and red spruce woods, keeping an eye out for wildlife • Take in an impressive panorama from the rugged rocky outcrop of Charles Bunion • Hike through an old-growth forest to a formation of black slate dubbed Arch Rock • Climb stone-carved stairs to catch sight of the Eye of the Needle—a hole in the top of the rock • Gaze above for passing peregrine falcons • Admire Alum Cave, a massive concave overhang towering 80 feet high • Walk along trails that show off the seasons—blooming dogwoods and azaleas in spring, bright mountain laurel and rhododendron tangles in summer and spectacular foliage displays in fall • Discover incredible geologic formations at the top of Mount Le Conte • Savor handcrafted cocktails at Dancing Bear Lodge • Gather around as an Appalachian storyteller brings the region's culture and history to life • Salute the sun with an optional outdoor yoga class • Hike to one of the most scenic falls in the Great Smoky Mountains, Spruce Flats Falls.

Accommodations

Nights 3-4

Dancing Bear Lodge
Townsend
Casual Hotel

With rocking chairs and simple charm, the contemporary cabins at Dancing Bear Lodge offer rustic comfort in a serene setting.

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

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Shuttles
In order to bring you to our favorite corners of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, we spend more time shuttling on this trip than on a typical Backroads trip. These strategic shuttles enable us to explore the best hikes this region has to offer.

From $3,199 - $3,299 /person

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Hotels

Adventure-Ready Hotels

Ideally located with ready access to trip activities, our Casual hotels are also known for their character and charm.

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Nights 1-2

Pilot Cove
Pisgah Forest

Casual Hotel

Bordering Pisgah National Forest, the modern cabins at Pilot Cove are designed to blend into their verdant setting and have easy access to area trails.

Nights 3-4

Dancing Bear Lodge
Townsend

Casual Hotel

With rocking chairs and simple charm, the contemporary cabins at Dancing Bear Lodge offer rustic comfort in a serene setting.

From $3,199 - $3,299 /person

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