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Guided Tours & Sightseeing

in the Smoky Mountains

Sit back and relax while professional and experienced tour guides

take you on hidden adventures and sight-seeing!  Or do a self guided tour and choose your own adventures!

hiker and boots hiking through the woods, boot view
Girl's Night Out, 4 girls with adult beverages

Guided Tours and Sightseeing in the Smoky Mountains

Did you know you can sit back and relax while someone else does all the work? 

The experiences and adventures I've found and listed below are

once in a lifetime experiences, you won't find just anywhere.

All you need to do is book your tickets online, 

then show up.  Let the Guides do the rest. How does that sound?

I also show you some self-guided options so you can take the wheel and decide your own adventure.

Walk, Ride, Drive, Fly, Hike....It's all up to You.


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1.) Fall Color Tour
by A Walk in the Woods

Allow 4 hours for this gorgeous foliage walking tour by a professional and experienced guide.  Learn some things you never knew about the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and have fun while exploring the unmatched beauty of autumn.

Ask about overnight family and women's backpacking tours too!


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Fall wood scene, autumn trees and a path
2 young people walking in the autumn woods

2.) Wine & Shine Walking Tour
by Smoky Tours


Set aside about 3.5 hours. Take a walking tour of the most popular distilleries in downtown Gatlinburg.  Hear the stories of the old times, when moonshine was not legal.  And sample all the flavors! You won't regret it.  Get an exclusive discount on purchases and tour behind the scenes of a working distillery. 


This tour is wheelchair accessible!

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2 people do wine and moonshine tasting at the bar in Gatlinburg Tn
Wine and moonshine with a mountain view

3.) Guided Driving Tour of Cades Cove
by A Walk in the Woods

A 5–6 hour tour, called "History Turkeys & Bears, Oh My!"  

Listen to the stories from the past brought to life by expert guides as you roam through Cades Cove in comfort of a large passenger van.  See the abundant wildlife the cove is known for and the churches, cabins and cemeteries that stand as a monument to the long lost way of life of the Appalachian settlers.

Also check out their many other tours including backpacking, girl scout, group tours, step on tours, team building, guided hikes and walking tours.

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my photo of old fencing, Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains, TN
my photo of yellow and purple wildflowers in Cade Cove, August or September, Great Smoky Mountains, TN

4.) Ridge Runner Helicopter Tour
by Scenic Helicopter Tours

Take a thrilling aerial adventure flight and see the Great Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and surrounding areas like you have never seen them before.


Scenic Helicopters also does their very best to accommodate and allow those with disabilities to see the mountains too!  Helicopters can carry 2-6 passengers.

They also have tours available for Douglas Lake, Wears Valley, River and Romance Packages and more. 

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Scenic Helicopter Tour, mountain view, helicopter,  Great Smoky Mountains
Douglas Lake view, Sevierville TN

5.) Jeep Tour of the Smoky Mountains Foothills Parkway, 1 or 2 Days
by Smoky Mountain Jeep Rentals

Self Guided!  The rental office professionals can give you a map and some cool ideas, but its ultimately up to you!  During busy season, be sure to reserve about 2 weeks in advance.


Choose your jeep - Jeeps can seat 5 people comfortably in these 4 door jeeps. Then your hardest decision will be where to explore? Choose a dirt, gravel or paved road to wherever your heart desires!  (Some rules do apply) 

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Jeep on Smoky Mountain Jeep Tour and rental, mountain view
Jeep tour in Smoky Mountains, Jeep view and Foothills Parkway

6.) Appalachian Waterfalls Hike
by Smoky Mountain Guides

Set aside about 4 hours. Great beginning intro to the Great Smoky Mountains. See a quiet waterfall and hear about local history of the area.  Gentle hiking for those who don't want something too strenuous.  Water and snacks are provided.  See wildlife in action including bear, deer and wild turkeys.

Smoky Mountain Guides offer other tours as well, such as auto and van tours, kayaking, corporate team building, scavenger hunts and even wedding venues transportation. 

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Wood Bridge Walking with backpack in woods
hiker at boot eye level, crossing through the woods

7.) Dark History Walking Ghost Tour
by Gatlinburg Haunts

1 Hour - Find out the secret past of Gatlinburg on a ghost tour of this little mountain town. Listen to stories of tragedies, deaths, cannibalism, and witchcraft as you encounter infamous landmarks including the Gatlinburg Space Needle, White Oak Flats Cemetery, and Mysterious Mansion. Do you believe in the paranormal? You might after this!

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White Oak Flats Cemetery sign, Gatlinburg tn
gatlinburg haunts tour, gatlinburg tn

8.) High Points Driving Tour
by Smoky Mountain Guides


This 3-hour tour takes you to some of the highest points above 5,000 feet in the Great Smoky Mountains.  Hear stories of the Native Americans who lived in the area and other historical facts.  Arrive at the highest point in the park, Clingman's Dome and take a walk around or visit the gift shop.

Ask about their kayaking, fly fishing, father & son adventures, leaf chasers, firefly and backpacking tours too!


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Smoky Mountain Guides Van
Clingman's Dome view, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

9.) Hidden Cascade Hiking Tour
by A Walk in the Woods

4-hour guided hike with a professional naturalist.  See wildlife, learn interesting historical facts, and take in the views and waterfalls and wildflowers on this tour.  8 years old and up.

Ask about guided yoga, backpacking, driving and team building tours.

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Cascading blue water in a creek
hiking trail with deer eating

10.) Mountaintop Zipline Tour
by Climb Works Smoky Mountains & Legacy Mountain

Plan for about 3 hours


2 Highly rated and reviewed ziplines that give you a true panoramic view over the Great Smoky Mountains.  Zip and climb to your heart's content with friends and family for a memorable experience. My first time ziplining was unforgettable and I can't wait to do it again!  There is nothing else like it!

Cross rope bridges and move across the mountains at up to 50 mph. Professional guides will help you every step and zip of the way. Side by side lines are available. 

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Check Availability for Legacy Mountain  - Pigeon Forge

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Autumn & Fall trees surround zipliners out on the line in the Smoky Mountains
Zipliner slides toward Smoky Mountain view

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