With so much to see and do in the North Carolina Smoky Mountains, booking a guided tour is one of the best ways to experience the region’s natural and cultural history.

Join experienced guides on adventure tours to see breathtaking waterfalls, wild elk, resident songbirds or legendary firefly displays. These knowledgeable local experts offer a fresh perspective on Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Nantahala Gorge and beyond—and they’re often a great resource for local recommendations, too!

Custom tour companies can even curate an experience for your particular interests, whether you prefer a wildflower hiking tour, a romantic river paddle for two or even a private art workshop.

The area’s self-guided cultural trails offer a closer look at the N.C. mountains’ deep artistic roots. From the toe-tapping sounds of Southern Appalachians music heritage to the brilliant colors of mural paintings in towns big and small, there’s so much to learn about this region through its art and culture. Find maps and interactive resources online, then plan your own route to customize your adventure!

Whatever you’re hoping to see and do on your next mountain getaway, a tour is a sure way to experience the Smoky Mountains like never before.