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About Hike The Smokys
Our philosophy is: We're here to guide our participants on safe, enjoyable, and relaxing encounters with nature, primarily, in The Great Smokys Mountains National Park. We're privately insured, and commercially licensed by the Great Smokys National Park, to conduct adventures in the Park. We primarily provide guided historical, recreational, day hikes for couples, and families, with professional photography included. But, we also do much more! We stand out from others tour companies since we also provide private "nature encounters", or highly personalized, hikes, camping and kayaking excursions, designed for those seeking solitude and answers, about the "deeper things" they may be going through in their life. Many of our previous guests have discovered on previous "encounter" trips, that the beautiful Smoky Mountains provide an ideal environment, for contemplation and enlightenment. Primarily, because you are safely guided, to beautiful vistas, far removed from the noise, cell phones, and clamor of everyday life. Once these distractions are removed, and you're surrounded by your Creator's beautiful nature, your senses, and thinking processes are sharpened, especially when dealing with the deeper questions affecting your life. We've termed these personalized excursions as"nature encounters", which are our highly customized approach to adventuring, that would normally be just another vacation, yet has had profound and moving affects on several of our customers. Our adventures occur primarily in the beautiful, and magnificent, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, in Tennessee. Not only do we take you to some amazing places, but we also professionally photograph you in those settings, and include photos with many of our hiking and kayaking events. Our adventures are customized for just one person, or for several. We are very unique, since we take the time to necessary to listen, and find out what event, trail, or activity you'd enjoy the most, before you make any commitment. No other tour company provides this kind of service. We've had the pleasure of creating hundreds of customized events for single folks, single parents with kids, and large family groups, who like you, were just looking for a safe enjoyable adventure with nature. Among our most memorable events have been: Midnight Mountain Sunrise hikes, kayaking on a lake to an island, hike-ins and camping overnight, group hikes, private surprise engagement hikes, and honeymoon hikes. Most of our events are for all ages, and experience levels. We provide safe, friendly and uplifting guidance and preparation, which includes analysis of park conditions including; weather, traffic, bear activity, trail and shelter closures, obtaining proper permits etc., to provide the best and most private trails, to maximum our customer's experience. This is why all of our events are by reservations only, because we know you don't want just another ordinary "vacation". So, contact us now, and let your imagination "run wild"!
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Sevierville, TN, USA
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Steve was great. I was very honest with Steve and told him I wasn't much of a hiker I was just visiting Tennessee and wanted to see some great views. The hike was great very informational and Steve was more than accommodating. I recommend hiking...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Jah E
Reviewed January 13, 2019 via mobile

This is the first time I had chosen to have a tour guide for a hike! LOVED IT! We hiked in the Smokies and it was a moderate difficult hike. Steve, the guide, is totally the man you need, very knowledgeable about the area and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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HikerGuideSteve, Owner at Hike The Smokys, responded to this reviewResponded January 14, 2019

Hike The Smokys.Com and Steve thank you! I appreciate you so much! Thank you for sharing your experience. I look forward to planning your Appalachian Hike soon!

Reviewed November 18, 2018 via mobile

Wonderful, entertaining, fun! Steve kept on a constant dialogue, describing the area, the history, geology, flora in the area, etc, etc. He maintained a pace that was perfect for us, with active kids and adults, stopping often enough to pause and chat, but not so...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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HikerGuideSteve, Owner at Hike The Smokys, responded to this reviewResponded November 20, 2018

It warms my heart so much to hear that you and your family had such a great time! Everyone was so enjoyable to be with, especially your children! They were so well mannered, exceptionally acclimated to the outdoors, and a blessing to converse with, as...More

Reviewed November 7, 2018 via mobile

Very informative, smart, easy-going, safe, explanatory, helpful, that's the guide we had. Took lots of pictures of us, was caring for our safety, and as a bonus, told lots of interesting facts and stories. Will be happy to hire in future visit to Tennessee.

Date of experience: November 2018
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HikerGuideSteve, Owner at Hike The Smokys, responded to this reviewResponded November 8, 2018

Thank you Yaron! I was so honored to have you all as my guests! Everyone was so friendly, and such a joy to see the beauty of nature with! Let's do it again soon! Maybe kayak next time!

Reviewed November 4, 2018 via mobile

We had a wonderful experience with Steve hiking to the waterfalls. He was very knowledgeable with the area. He was also very kind and polite an never rushed us as this was are first hike in the mountains. Would love to do another hike with...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Laura L
HikerGuideSteve, Owner at Hike The Smokys, responded to this reviewResponded November 5, 2018

Thank you Laura! I hope we can all do a kayak adventure next time!hank you for sharing your experience with the world. I really, really, enjoyed sharing God's beauty with both of you!

Reviewed October 30, 2018 via mobile

Steve did a great job guiding us to the falls. We hiked at a good pace and learned lots about the area

Date of experience: October 2018
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HikerGuideSteve, Owner at Hike The Smokys, responded to this reviewResponded November 5, 2018

I enjoyed sharing the great outdoors with both of you as well! Maybe we can Kayak next time? Thank you for sharing your positive experience with everyone!

Reviewed October 28, 2018

10/27/2018 My husband and I did the waterfall hike. Steve has so much knowledge about the history and people associated with the area that really enhanced the trip. The hike was beautiful! Thanks Steve and God Bless!

Date of experience: October 2018
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HikerGuideSteve, Owner at Hike The Smokys, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2018

You are so welcome! It was a great blessing for me . to get to know both of you, and to share the wonder of God's Creation here in the Smokies! Thank you for your comments!

Reviewed October 25, 2018 via mobile

This was my first time hiking in the Smokys. What an awe inspiring day! Beyond the obvious beauty of this national park, I had the great fortunate to have Steve as my guide. He is very knowledgeable about the park and its history. Moreover, he...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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WyattErp, Owner at Hike The Smokys, responded to this reviewResponded October 26, 2018

Words cannot express the happiness I feel ,after reading about your experience on trail with me as your Guide! Every so often, as I hike with certain individuals, I feel an unmistakable spiritual connection, that tells me that the hike we're on, is just the...More

Reviewed October 15, 2018 via mobile

Not only was the guide knowledgeable and fun to walk with he was also considerate of my and my partner's inexperience with hiking and was patient with us. The hike was fun and beautiful and I would easily go again. Thanks a lot, Steve! You...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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HikerGuideSteve, Owner at Hike The Smokys, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2018

THANK YOU! I had a great time time with you folks! I hope you'll come back and do a Kayaking "hike" with me! It's a very relaxing and romantic adventure!

Reviewed October 11, 2018 via mobile

We were referred by a family member. And so glad they told us about the waterfall. Beautiful falls. Thanks for the adventure.

Date of experience: October 2018
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HikerGuideSteve, Owner at Hike The Smokys, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2018

You're very welcome! It was a lot of fun to show you the "less traveled" waterfall and area of the Smokies!

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Vicki H
August 6, 2018|
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Response from HikerGuideSteve | Property representative |
Yes, if the 3 yr old. can ride in a "backpack" type carrier. They can be purchased inexpensively at Walmart or online. Be sure to purchase the right one for your child's weight. Also, if your think that the older child may... More
September 10, 2017|
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Response from HikerGuideSteve | Property representative |
Unfortunately, pets are not allowed on the National Park trail to the waterfall. This is due to the adverse interaction that occurs with dogs and the wildlife present in the park. It's not a good environment for dogs. I... More