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About Smoky Mountain Guides
Smoky Mountain Guides provides high quality small group adventure tours. We accomplish this by providing interpretive and local guides, that lead Mercedes van tours, hikes, walks, family adventures, backpacking trips and a variety of unique specialty tours. All of our trips and tours are aimed at accomplishing our clients objectives, whether that be: attaining historical insights, seeing panoramic vistas, understanding the natural vegetation or learning a new skill. SMG corporate services division, serves the corporate sector with one of a kind services. This ranges from all-inclusive retreat programming and negotiations, to transportation logistics and even providing high quality team development programming utilizing adventure and experiential learning techniques.
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cb0rdes wrote a review Oct 12
Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi2 contributions1 helpful vote
Me, my mother and my daughter booked the classic tour on Friday, October 9th. We were met at the Gatlinburg Welcome Center by Clayton and had a WONDERFUL experience. Not only was the trip he took us on beautiful but Clayton was knowledgeable on the local foliage, native species of animals and the mountains in general. Once we started Clayton could answer any questions we had which made our trip even more interesting. We were also given the opportunity to personalize the tour on whether we wanted to just enjoy the scenery or actually stop and explore and with my mother with us just enjoying the scenery was perfect for us. Thank you again Clayton for making our tour one of our best decisions on our trip to the mountains.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Noemie S wrote a review Aug 2020
Grand Rapids, Michigan85 contributions14 helpful votes
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What a great hike! Because of Covid-19 they only do private tours, and as I was visiting on my own, I got a guide all to myself. Kindel was amazing. Because it was just the 2 if us, she tailored the hike to my comfort level. She was very knowledgeable and passionate about her job. The time just flew by. A definite highlight to my time here. I booked the Appalachian waterfalls tour. If you're unsure of what to book, please give them a call. They will recommend a tour and difficulty level. I was recommended this tour and have zero regrets. Top-notch company!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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JPMACSpencer wrote a review Aug 2020
Spencer, Ohio26 contributions17 helpful votes
We hiked to Charlies Bunion on the Appalacian Trail with Kindel. She was really cool! Kindel shared her knowledge of the mountains and nature. We had a great time, and definitely learned more than if we took the hike ourselves. This was the hike Clayton suggested when I described ourselves as fit, middle age adults, but not particularly hikers. It was a great choice. The view was beautiful. I highly recommend SMG, and suggest asking for Kindel!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Stefanie F wrote a review Jul 2020
Chicago, Illinois5 contributions
My family took a guided hike of Clingman's Dome with Clayton and really enjoyed it. When booking we weren't sure which hike would be best to accommodate a 10 year old, so he gave us several options when we met up and let us decide. Clayton had history and other facts to amuse my husband and pointed out various animals and plants to the kids. A little something for everyone. It was great to get out on a quieter trail to really enjoy the area. Would definitely recommend!
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Date of experience: July 2020
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OCWeezer wrote a review Jul 2020
Irvine, CA47 contributions17 helpful votes
We've used SMG twice now, once last September and more recently, this past month. Clayton and his crew are professional and knowledgeable. Last year, they took my elderly parents and in-laws on an all-day tour around the Smokies including the Arts & Crafts community and a few must-see stops in the National Park. They picked them up at our cabin, provided them lunch and showed them around the area in a private van. This time, we booked them for a kayak excursion for our family of four. When the weather didn't cooperate, we were able to rebook for the next day for another outing. Clayton was born and raised in the area and gave us an experience only someone with extensive knowledge of the area can provide. We'd highly recommend Smoky Mountain Guides.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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