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Experience Asheville & The Great Smoky Mountains

  • Eating famous North Carolina BBQ
  • White water rafting the Nantahala River
  • Hiking to the Lonesome Pine Overlook
  • Exploring the Deep Creek Waterfalls trail
  • Visiting a local craft brewery
Begin your journey in Asheville, home to North Carolina BBQ, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and American poet Thomas Wolfe. After taking in the city scape, make your way to the Great Smoky Mountains and get ready to explore the most popular National Park in the United States.

Have a question about the Under30Experiences Asheville to Great Smoky Mountains trip?

What are the accommodations like?

Accommodations will be a boutique hotel while in the city and shared two-person tents while camping near the National Park.

What is the physical activity level of this trip?

Moderate. This trip is a good mix of activity and relaxation and includes moderate physical activities. Participants should expect to be active 3-4 hours on most days. An active lifestyle is helpful though not required to enjoy the trip. 

What camping gear is provided?

Tents, sleeping pad, and cooking utensils will be provided. Travelers will need to bring their own sleeping bag.

What is the bathroom situation while at camp?

There will be bathrooms on the campgrounds with clean running water and toilets.

How long is the hike?

The Day 3 hike to Lonesome Pine Overlook will be an in and back trail totaling roughly 6 miles round trip and has a 2,000 foot elevation gain on the way to the top. We will take our time hiking and the work will be well worth the reward. Since the trail is the same trail in and out, if you need to stop or turn back those will also be options, if needed.

What type of luggage is best?

We suggest a large backpack, as the terrain at the campsite might be uneven and not paved. If you only have a suitcase, that will work as well. Please be aware that travelers are responsible for carrying their own luggage.

What do I need to pack?

There are a few “musts” that we recommend bringing with you:
Rule #1: NO COTTON!
Layers, layers, layers
Waterproof hiking boots (above the ankle) & wool socks
Waterproof rain jacket 
Headlamp for nights at camp
Portable charger for charging your small devices while camping
Do your best to pack light.
To see what else we recommend, check out our Packing List here.

Is there a place to charge my phone or camera while at camp?

No, there will not be electric outlets at camp. We highly suggest bringing a portable battery charger to charge your phone and/or camera if needed. Feel free to turn off your phone and enjoy nature!

Do you have last-minute deals?

Yes! Last-minute slots sometimes open up on sold-out trips. Visit our Trips On Sale page for the latest last-minute deals.
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Have a question that's not on this list?

Feel free to reach out to our all-star customer service team at info@under30experiences.com or by calling 1 (888) 839-2086.

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