Explore A Simpler Time Smoky Mountain Tour - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 2 Hrs 30 Mins
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  • Departure Time :
    10:00am & 2:00pm
  • Departure Details :
    107 Greenbrier Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738, USA
  • Return Details :
    Porters Creek Trail Trailhead, Greenbrier Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738, USA
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


**All participants will be required to wear a mask for any instances where close contact cannot be avoided. Please bring your own masks and hand sanitizer. You will also be asked to sign an acknowledgement of risks and report any illness within 14 days of tour.** This tour meets in the first parking lot in the Greenbrier section of the Smokies.Please follow directions below as GPS is not accurate. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains the largest collection of human artifacts of any park in the country. Travel back to a bygone era as we visit an old settler cabin, barn, and cemetery. This tour islead by a highly trained and skilled professional naturalist guide who ispassionate and knowledgeable about the Smokies. For your safety and peace of mind, your guides are certified as Wilderness First Responders and in non lethal bear aversion techniques.


  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
  • Family friendly
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Free snacks included

Know More about this tour

Come for a guided nature walk and explore the best of what the Great smoky mountains national park has to offer. For two decades, your naturalist guides from A Walk in the Woods have safely taken over 100,000 people through these mountains. They'll lead you to some of the most magical places in North America. You'll learn about the natural and human history of the Smokies in a fun and delightful way. You'll hear Cherokee lore and maybe an Appalachian tall tale. You'll learn what the Native Americans and Settlers did for food and medicine before there were grocery stores and pharmacies. You might even sample a tasty mountain treat. Every guided walk is geared towards enjoying the journey at a pleasant pace, using all of your senses to explore nature in a new way.
You will also explore a small family cemetery, a 19th-century barn, spring-house, and restored cabin, and more. The difficulty for this 3-hour tour is considered easy, with a few moderate spots.


Snacks: peanut based (peanut butter crackers or trail mix). Please advise in advance if someone has a severe peanut allergy.

Professional guide


Gratuities are appreciated for good service.

Hotel pickup and drop-off


Drinks are not provided. Bring plenty of water.


Transportation to/from attractions

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

Rating: the difficulty of this tour is easy with a couple of moderate spots

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Gratuity of 10 to 20% recommended for good service

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

This tour requires a 2 person minimum to operate. If you are traveling solo, you may join into an existing tour or pay the 2 person rate.

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 travelers

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Regular temperature checks for staff

Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

COVID-19 vaccination required for guides

Traveler Reviews

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  • 22-Jun-2022

    Ms. Debbie was a wonderful guide and so knowledgeable! She truly loves her job and it comes through in all the things that were pointed out along our hike. The hike is 2 miles up and back, very doable for non-hikers. I highly recommend!

  • 23-Apr-2022

    Alexandra was fantastic. She's very friendly, knowledgeable on different plants and berries. She's accommodating when our daughter had to go back to use the bathroom. We had a amazing hike in the Smokey Mountains!

  • 21-Jun-2021

    Even though we got lost finding the Visitor’s center, the staff and our tour guide were very accommodating to us, and we really appreciate it. Our tour guide even offered to give us a tour of the beginning part that we missed, which was very kind of her to do. She was very friendly, relatable, and easy to talk to. It was very nice, as hiking is new for our family, and we learned a lot that day. Our tour guide also encouraged us to explore and to consider trying one of the self-guided hikes, which we DID! It was WONDERFUL for our family!

  • 19-Oct-2020

    Samantha was amazing. She was so educational and personal and was able to change our walk mid day due to our limitations. Thank you!!!

  • 15-Aug-2020

    Our guide was outstanding. She was knowledgeable about the history and the plant life. Very friendly we really enjoyed our hike. We would definitely recommend her and this company!

  • 11-Jun-2020

    This was our second walk with Samantha...in fact, we requested her! She is very knowledgeable and very personable. Answered all of our questions and was just full of the history of the Walker Sisters cabin walk. I experienced some difficulties coming back out of the walk (the humidity and my age are not always a good combination!), but she was so patient, so kind and just kept talking and offering support. She's great!! I promised her that I'd acclimate better, get in better shape...and we will come back next year for our third hike!!

  • 19-Mar-2020

    We had a wonderful tour yesterday with Charles and Amanda. They were extremely knowledgeable about the area and its history. The tour was perfect for our group that included children as young as 5. We all agreed that it was a great way to spend the morning!

  • 13-Mar-2020

    Our tour guide was Avery. She was great! She was very knowledgeable of the area, and answered all our questions. The hike was about 2 miles in total. Elevation was only about 400 feet at a slow incline. My elderly mother made this hike, with a walking stick.. Avery was very understanding, and we took frequent breaks! Gorgeous views of Potters Creek, and the home site was great! Definitely plan to do more excursions with this company..

  • 16-Feb-2020

    We had such a great time on this hike! Our leader was Dylan and he was so knowledgable and great with our kids. He kept us all engaged and had answers to all our questions. I highly recommend the tour!

  • 04-Feb-2020

    Our tour guide was excellent and very informative she was a park ranger for over 25 years, she really made the walk incredible! Highly recommend this tour! So sorry don't remember tour guides name! She was from New England area!

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