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Address: Gatlinburg, TN 37738
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Often imitated, two decades later, still in a class of our own. Locally...

Often imitated, two decades later, still in a class of our own. Locally owned and operated since 1998, A Walk in the Woods is the oldest Guide Service in the Smokies. We are the recipient of the coveted REI Top Guide Award, as well as the Travel Channel Top choice award. Since 1998, A Walk in the Wood has been your doorway to the Smokies. For almost 2 decades, we have taken over 100,000 people into the beautiful National Park on a variety of excursions from driving tours, easy gentle 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 all around educators. Our guides are passionate about the natural world and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Jewel of the Parks. We can also plan your adventure, rent your gear, shuttle you and help you safely explore the world of wild edibles and medicines, tasty mushrooms, tracking, birding, salamanders and more.

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, and more.

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Great day!

We wanted to explore the Smoky Mountains, but wanted to know what we were seeing, so we booked a guided tour. We heard about this company from a co-worker, who recommended... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Satheavy M
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We wanted to explore the Smoky Mountains, but wanted to know what we were seeing, so we booked a guided tour. We heard about this company from a co-worker, who recommended it. We called on a Sunday morning, and were able to book a walk for later that day, for 7 people including three kids she's 3, 7, and 10.... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Blue was an excellent guide. Hike was a little challenging but not too much. Water falls were beautiful.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My family did the two hour walk. Our guide (Jen) was very knowledgeable of the history of the park, types of plants (some edible), and history. This is a must if you're visiting the Gatlinburg area. We plan on coming back.

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1 Thank Craig N
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our tour guide was Jen and she was amazing. We had so much fun. We got to try berries and different edible leaves!! We saw an old cemetery as well as an old farm barn. It was so much fun!! I went with my husband and 6 yr old and we all loved it!!! We did the 2 hr walk... More 

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Dallas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2016 via mobile

We went in the three hour waterfall hike with Jen as our guide and it was amazing. She was very informative and the landscape was of course beautiful. We had children ages 5-11 on the hike. The base was perfect for all ages and we would definitely recommend this tour group and the hike. The great part is that we... More 

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Celina, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

Spent a very enjoyable time with Sam on Friday, Nov.11 when my we took the driving tour of Cade's Cove. She was so interesting, informative, and easy to listen to. Loved the little extra tidbits of information she included in the tour. Time was well spent. Would do it again

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Fishers, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016

We had an enjoyable walk with our guide Tilly. She made the hike interesting by providing various facts and tips about the trail. The pace of the walk was comfortable and she provided us walking sticks. We took photos at different spots and had a snack mid way. We had a wonderful experience and highly recommend Walk in the Woods.... More 

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Wake Forest, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

This is the second year in a row using a walk in the woods! Jenny was great. She paced us well and knew so much about the local flora and fauna. History as well. We did the waterfall hike. It was definitely on the moderate to strenuous side but great 5 hours in nature. Had a wonderful bag lunch which... More 

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Hopewell, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016 via mobile

Great guides who really know the Smokies and provide a great experience. From short hikes to multi-day backpacking trips.

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Thank Stephen D
Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

I was part of a group of 10 high school students and 2 teachers that were privileged enough to have spent 5 days and 4 nights in Pisgah National Forest with Michael and Jaimie Matzko. Not only were they incredibly knowledgeable about the environment, teaching us things about the different plant and animal species, their patience and enthusiasm was amazing.... More 

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VesnaGatlinburg, Owner at A Walk in the Woods, responded to this review

It was truly a delight to help your wonderful group experience our beautiful area! Jaimie and Mike are still talking about what a rich experience it was taking you on your adventure! Thank you for choosing our company, we wish you all the very best. More 

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