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September 27th, 2021
Amazing fall colors in the Smoky Mountains.

3 Reasons to Go Hiking in the Smoky Mountains with Our Guides This Fall

September 8, 2016 September 27th, 2021

Update: SMO Rafting is no longer offering our guided hikes in the Smoky Mountains.

Although the cool fall weather brings an end to the white water rafting season, it is perfect for another one of our favorite outdoor activities: hiking! The Smoky Mountains are absolutely gorgeous in the fall, and the national park offers over 800 miles of scenic trails to enjoy. If you are looking for a memorable hiking experience, consider taking one of our guided hikes in the Smokies. Here are three reasons to let us show you around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park this fall:

1. Incredible Fall Colors

The number one reason to go hiking in the Smoky Mountains in the autumn is the stunning foliage. The national park is home to some 100 species of native trees, so you will see every shade of red, orange, and yellow leaves. With such spectacular colors, it’s no wonder that an average of 2 million people visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park every September and October.

If you want to see the fall colors at their peak, we recommend visiting during the last two weeks of October. The foliage is at its boldest and brightest during this period. You can still see some great colors earlier in the season as well, but the changing leaves will be concentrated in the higher elevations of the mountains.

(See Also: 3 Amazing Outdoor Activities in the Smoky Mountains for the Fall Season)

2. Our Guides Know Their StuffFall leaves on the ground in the Smoky Mountains.

When you go hiking in the Smoky Mountains by yourself, you don’t always have the chance to fully enjoy your experience. Navigating the trail and occasionally glancing at a brochure from the National Park Service is a poor substitute for a guided hike.

In contrast, when you hike with Smoky Mountain Outdoors, you won’t have to think about a thing! Our guides are very familiar with the trails, so you can just relax and follow along. We even provide a snack and bottled water, so you don’t have to bring any of your own food.

In addition to the peace of mind that comes with having someone else take care of all the planning, our guides are very knowledgeable about the national park. During your hike, your guide will identify plants, share some local history, and point out some of the area’s signature wildlife.

3. Great for Hikers of Every Interest and Ability

Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a couch potato, we are guaranteed to find the perfect trail for your adventure in the Smokies. Our “Kids in Nature” hike is perfect for families with young children, and our “Birding and Native Plants Hike” is ideal for anyone who loves combing the trees with their binoculars. Smoky Mountain Outdoors also offers fantastic “Waterfall Hikes” and “Scenic Sunset Hikes”, so you can see some of the most stunning sights in the national park.  

Vibrant fall leaves next to a stream in the Smoky Mountains.Different hikes are offered on different days, so you will definitely want to plan your trip so you can have your preferred expedition in the park.We can’t wait to go hiking in the Smoky Mountains with you this fall!