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Thundering Streams and Falls of the Smokies Guided Hiking Tour

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Gatlinburg, United States
Thundering Streams and Falls of the Smokies Guided Hiking Tour

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icon3 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


The Great Smoky Mountains boast scenic views and this hiking tour takes you on a journey to find them. Join a small group and traverse through the lush landscapes to discover several streams, cascades, and creeks. Each season of the year puts on a different show for hikers so there's always something to enjoy. This is a moderately adventurous hike that gains elevation and climbs over downed trees.
  • Learn about the local ecosystem while you hike
  • Enjoy a hike on a less-traveled section of the park
  • Stop along the way to take in the scenic views
  • A small group means more attention from your guide
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All Fees and Taxes
Professional Guide
Gratuity for your guide is not included in the cost. Industry standard recommends 15-20%.
Bottled water
Rain Gear - we do have extra emergency ponchos on hand if needed.
Face Masks and Hand Sanitizer - we have a very limited supply for those who forget. Please bring your own as they are required until further notice.
NOC Gatlinburg , 1138 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738, USA

NOC Gatlinburg 1138 Parkway, Gatlinburg TN 37738 Meet in front of the stairs **NOTE: You will follow the guide in your own vehicle to the trailhead.**

Chimney Tops Trail Trailhead , Gatlinburg, TN 37738, USA

You will finish the tour at the trailhead where you are free to go from there.

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Must be in good physical condition, able to climb over downed trees, walk on uneven surfaces and climb in elevation
  • 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.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • We do not provide transportation. You will follow the guide to the trailhead in your own vehicle.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 travelers
  • OPERATED BY A Walk in the Woods
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Thundering Streams and Falls of the Smokies Guided Hiking Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Thundering Streams and Falls of the Smokies Guided Hiking Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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What is the social distancing policy during Thundering Streams and Falls of the Smokies Guided Hiking Tour?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Thundering Streams and Falls of the Smokies Guided Hiking Tour.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Thundering Streams and Falls of the Smokies Guided Hiking Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Thundering Streams and Falls of the Smokies Guided Hiking Tour.

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, Aug 2022
The beauty of the Smokey Mountains and its history. Brooke, our tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable about the mountains and foliage while leading us on the tour.
Better experience going up and not worth what we were charged
, Aug 2022
The amazing views. Cade was really interesting on the hike there, but on the way back to the car he seemed like he really just wanted to be done and we kind of did our own thing on the way back to the car. Was a great hike but didn't leave feeling like it was worth what we were charged.
The guide was very...
, Jul 2022
The guide was very knowledgeable and gave a brief history of the trail and town. This tour is for people in good shape. The end of the trail is rough.
Different hike
, May 2022
We didn't do this trip as our guide never showed up due to a glitz when we registered. We ended up going with Ben, who was there to lead his trip so we joined them. Ben was excellent as was the hike.
Don’t miss this if you love nature!!
, May 2022
Ken was one of the best tour guides that I have had on a tour. His knowledge of the park was incredible and he taught us so much about the wildlife and plants/flowers. The trail is not for someone who is not in moderate physical shape. The elevation and section off of the regular trail could be challenging. We got great pictures saw beautiful water features and now have wonderful memories. Wear sturdy hiking type shoes for stability over the rocks!
Great Scenery
, May 2022
It was a great hike but a little strenuous, so you need to be in pretty good shape to complete this hike. there are some pretty steep parts to the hike and another pair (Grandpa/Grand-Daughter) couldn't make it and had to go back only after about 1/2 hour. I highly recommend.
Beautiful hike
, May 2022
Great hike. Off the beaten path with beautiful views. Our guide, Connor, was great. The hike has some challenging moments with some elevation and rugged areas.
Great experience!
, May 2022
Sam was awesome! She was an excellent tour guide and provided great info and history of the Smokies. We loved the part of the tour where she gave us a small twig of birch that smelled like wintergreen and was used as a natural toothbrush by the Indians. The terrain is what you would expect from walking in the mountains and in our opinion was mild to not quite moderate in terms of being physically demanding. We did not have walking poles and they are not needed on this trek but would be a bonus for anyone not used to a bit of elevation change. Overall was a great experience.
Wonderful hike
, Apr 2022
Mike was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastically shared that knowledge It was an amazing hike with a good group. The views were tremendous and the falls were magnificent
Awesome experience and...
, Mar 2022
Awesome experience and best tour guide was mike! Took us to the best waterfall in the Smokey mountains and we got fantastic photos
Mike made it very easy
, Nov 2021
Our tour guide Mike was very good, informative and entertaining while providing every little detail about the hike. This was our first hike in Smokies and I would definitely recommend Mike to anyone who is looking to get their feet wet in Smokies.
This is not for those who...
, Oct 2021
This is not for those who have medical conditions even though this was told and written on forms The guide only catered to the ones who were hikers and totally ignored us!!!! Instead of helping us to make sure we did not fall or lag behind-he didn’t check on us. It was a hike to hell as only our determination carried us back!!!!!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Hi Aneeta, We received your review through our booking system and are so very sorry you were dissatisfied with the tour. If you had posted any health restrictions through Viator, unfortunately, those did not come through to us here at A Walk in the Woods. This tour is advertised as not suitable for those with 'back problems', 'expectant mothers' and those with 'serious medical issues'. We also recommend a moderate fitness level for this tour. We understand the gentlemen in your group did have a good time with the guide, but we are going to refund you in full for this tour, nonetheless. We sincerely apologize for your frustrations. Your guide was upset that he wasn't able to get the whole group up the trail and did express that to me when he came back from this hike. He was genuinely worried that you didn't get the experience you wanted. I will notify Viator to get your refund processed as soon as possible. If you would like to give us a call to chat about your experience, we are in the office 7 days a week from 9am-5pm EST. Our number is 865-436-8283 or you can email us directly at I would be happy to listen. Thank you, Patricia
Amazing Experience!
, Jul 2021
My family and I had a great time! Our guide was great, professional and very friendly! She was very knowledgeable about area and vegetation. The Chimney Tops trail was a beautiful trail with streams. It was an amazing experience for my family and another Smoky Mountains trail to cross off of our list! I will definitely book with A Walk In The Woods next time we are in the are!
, Jul 2021
We absolutely loved this experience. Megan was a wonderful guide. She was very knowledgeable and made the trip extremely fun. We would highly recommend this experience.
Excellent hike through the rain forest
, Jun 2021
We had a great time and our guide was very knowledgeable about the area including local plants and animals. Had kids with us and they felt included and stayed engaged the whole time.
Cascades and Conversation
, May 2021
Beautiful hike, with many cascades . Our guides Ken and Kailey were top notch. There extremely nice and very very knowledgeable. I
1 traveler found this review helpful
Smokey Mountains
, May 2021
It was my husband's and I first time ever in Tennessee. The Smokies were absolutely beautiful and breathtaking. The tour was absolutely amazing. I literally felt like I was in a movie.
Great day. Great hike. Great guide!
, Feb 2021
The guide was super knowledgeable. I really enjoyed it! I will definitely book again next time in town. It was a perfect day!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Colors of Fall
, Oct 2020
The guide was very knowledgeable of the area we were hiking in. She shared information Also of animals living in this area . The experience was awesome, loved the colors of fall . Kensy was great to hike with .

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