Many people have dreamed of hiking one of America’s long distance trails, but few people have the time. Three of these famous long trails pass right through Great Smoky Mountain National Park – the Appalachian Trail, the Benton MacKaye Trail, and the Mountains to Sea Trail. Here at Tremont, you now have an opportunity to section hike these fabulous trails as they pass through the park.
Instead of taking 6-months off to hike solo, come join two experienced Tremont naturalist/guides for a 4-day trek across 30+ miles of the Benton MacKaye Trail through Great Smoky Mountain National Park. The terminal 92-miles of the Benton MacKaye pass through the National Park, and include stunning views from the Lakeshore Trail, Mount Sterling, and of the Raven Fork River. Tremont will provide the guides, permits, transportation to and from the trailhead, food, and group gear. All you need is a sense of adventure and personal equipment.
What can you expect? To create a bond with this beautiful place and the people you travel with through a shared experience. But also be prepared for some long, strenuous days. Though no previous backpacking experience is needed, this trip is designed for experienced hikers who are comfortable hiking 12+ miles in a day over mountainous terrain.
But don’t worry, not everyday will be that long. You can expect your first day of hiking to be only about 3-miles. This gives us plenty of time for everyone to meet at Tremont, pack our gear, go over our route, get to know each other and get to our trailhead without feeling rushed. The second day we will kick it up a notch, hiking 10-12 miles and working into the mountains surrounding us. Our third day will also be a more strenuous day, covering 10-15 miles depending on which section of the trail we are hiking. Our final day is designed to be less miles, and less strenuous, covering about 6-miles. This will enable us plenty of time to get back to Tremont for showers, celebrations and departures.
Due to the Park’s permit process and the potential for campground closures, exactly which portion of the Benton MacKaye Trail we will be hiking this year won’t be confirmed until the trip begins. Hope to see you this summer!
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