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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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Deana P wrote a review Jun 13
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Steve took us on a 2 and 1/2 hour kayak adventure. We had ages 15, 22, 24, 26, 49, 50, and 79. We had a great time and Steve was entertaining and was a wealth of knowledge of the area. He made us all feel safe and welcomed like we were his own family. A good time was had by all. I just wish we had more time to go hiking with him too. Highly recommend!
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Date of experience: June 2022
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DayTrip771328 wrote a review Apr 2022
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Took my 2 homeschooled children on the kayak tour. Was a great was to get outdoors and learn new things from our local tour guide Steve. Would highly recommend.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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LeAnn N wrote a review Oct 2021
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Having a guide for my first hike in the smokies was the best decision I ever made! Steve was knowledgeable about advice for what to bring, wear, and expect for a planned hike to Mt Cammerer in great smoky mountains national park. Steve kept a careful eye on the weather and discussed new options with me the night before when 69-70 mph winds at the higher elevations were expected for the next day. Our change of plans to baskin’s creek falls as an alternative turned out to be a good decision- and I had the best time learning about rock formations, artifacts, and the plant life in the area on the beautiful hike along a ridge then down to the falls and back. We had extra time when we returned from there to explore other trails and see an old cabin and other sites, Steve knows the park like the back of his hand!
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Date of experience: October 2021
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Response from WyattErp, Owner at Hike The Smokys
Responded Oct 31, 2021
Thank you! Leann, the pleasure was all mine, watching your excitement, as you encountered one vista after another! Your timing for your trip was so perfect for seeing the beautiful fall leaves! The wind seemed even to enhance your experience too! You were quite fearless and so very capable of hiking the steep ridges and forging through the wind! You're in exceptional physical shape and it showed! I look forward to hiking or kayaking with you again soon! Sincerely, Steve
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Taylor A wrote a review Sep 2021
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My family and I did the Sunset Starlight Kayak Adventure. We had a great time! Steve is an amazing guide and you can tell he really loves his job. He’s such a pure soul too! My sister and her girlfriend are vegetarians and he was kind enough to replace the hot dogs with veggie dogs, no additional charge or anything. It was very cute and relaxing. And Steve will have stories for days to tell you! HIGHLY recommend if you enjoy kayaking! Especially in the evening with the cute lil campfire later.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Response from WyattErp, Owner at Hike The Smokys
Responded Oct 31, 2021
Such a "cute", sweet review! Thank you so much for your colorful review! You guys were a great bunch to be with out on that tiny island! I hope you'll be back to kayak or hike with me again! I had a blast! You all were so much fun, with your lighthearted and carefree enjoyment of our great outdoors here! Thank you!
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Desmona K wrote a review Aug 2021
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Steve was very educational & a wonderful guide! He took the time to make sure we were all keeping up. We had so much fun!!
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Response from WyattErp, Owner at Hike The Smokys
Responded Oct 31, 2021
I'm glad you enjoyed your hike! I feel so grateful that you took the time to relate your experience with others! I hope we'll hike or kayak again very soon! Thank you!
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