5 Day Backpacking Trips

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5 day 4 night

Appalachian trail northbound

NEWFOUND GAP TO BIG CREEK

4 TO 5 DAY TRIP (DEPENDING ON DESIRED MILEAGE & SHELTER AVAILABILITY)
TOTAL TRIP MILEAGE: 32 MILES
MODERATE TO STRENUOUS TRIP DIFFICULTY
AVERAGE MILEAGE PER DAY : 8 MILES
ELEVATION GAIN/ ELEVATION LOSS: 3700 GAIN, 6600 LOSS

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Famous Appalachian Trail Views

  • Spending our night in Appalachian Trail Shelters

  • Hike in the most remote locations in the National Park

  • Charlies Bunion

  • Lighter pack weight due to not carrying tents

  • Mount Cammerer Fire Tower

DAY 1 - 10.4 MILES

We start our day by hiking from NewFound Gap to Charlies Bunion for lunch. Charlies Bunion is one of many renowned remote viewpoints in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. After lunch we will pass over Dry Sluice Gap and on to the sawteeth, a jagged outcrop of rock that offers views in all directions. We pass over Laurel Top and head on down to our shelter for the night- Pecks Corner.

DAY 2 - 13.3 MILES

We depart Pecks Corner Shelter and pass multiple high points along the trail today. We will pass Mount Guyot, the second highest peak in the park, on our way to Cosby Knob shelter this day.

DAY 3 - 7.3 MILES

Today will be spent heading mostly downhill. We have a chance to head off on a side trail to the fire tower at Mount Cammerer. It is considered by many to be the most beautiful summit in the Smoky Mountains. After our summit we had down to Davenport Gap shelter for our final night in the Smokies.

DAY 4 - 3.1 MILES

Our final day we will sleep in and take time eating breakfast and recounting the adventures of the week. We head back up trail a bit to hit Chestnut Branch and reach our pickup location.

$850-1050 PER PERSON

5 day 4 night

appalachian trail southbound

CLINGMANS DOME TO LAKE FONTANA

5 DAY TRIP
TOTAL TRIP MILEAGE: 33.7 MILES
MODERATE TO STRENUOUS TRIP DIFFICULTY
AVERAGE MILEAGE PER DAY : 6.5 MILES
ELEVATION GAIN/ ELEVATION LOSS: 2450 GAIN, 7400 LOSS

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Hike down the A.T. to Lake Fontana and Fontana Dam

  • Our trip begins at the highest elevation in Tennessee

  • Hike over Rocky Top

  • Climb to the top of Shuckstack Fire Tower

DAY 1 - 5 MILES

We start our hike descending from the highest peak in the Smokies with expansive views of the coming ridgelines that we will be traversing on our expedition. In the evening we will find ourselves at Silers Bald Shelter.

DAY 2 - 6 MILES

We wake up to the prospect of ridgewalking along the Tennessee/North Carolina border passing Buckeye Gap, Hemlock Knob, and Big Chestnut Bald before we hit our shelter for the evening at Derrick Knob.

DAY 3 - 6.5 MILES

Today we pass Rocky Top on our way to our shelter for the night. A major point of interest along the trail and also one of the most isolated areas in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Always brings the song "Rocky Top" to mind as we hike past it. We spend the night in Spence Field Shelter.

DAY 4 - 6 MILES

We will be walking down to Mollies Ridge Shelter today. On the way we will pass Russell Field and Devils Tater Patch before we reach our destination.

DAY 5 - 10.2 MILES

We wake up bright and early to finish our final descent of the week to Fontana Dam. Along the way we will pass Doe Knob and climb Shuckstack Fire Tower for a final breathtaking view before we meet our pickup at Fontana Dam.

$1050 PER PERSON