Backpacking the Smokies: Waterfall Hikes

Summertime is the perfect time to hike to waterfalls in the Smokies. Nothing beats a brisk morning hike in the Smokies combined with a dip at a waterfall to finish it off.

We have compiled a list of the top 3 waterfall day hikes in Smoky Mountain National Park. All of the waterfalls listed are waterfalls you can visit on a day hike.

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Frequently Asked Questions About the Great Smoky Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains are my stomping grounds; they offer some of the greatest natural vistas in the world and they’re where I run my range of hiking trips. Check out my Great Smoky Mountain hiking trips if you’d like to learn more about each trip. However, if you’d like to learn more about the Great Smoky Mountains themselves, then you’ve definitely come to the right place! This short FAQ will try to answer many of the most frequently asked questions about the Great Smoky Mountains — so keep reading if you’re interested in the area or if you’re planning to visit in the future.

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The Power of 8's : An Excercise Circuit to Turn You Into a Backpacking Badass

Backpacking in the Smokies will eat your lunch if you are underprepared but if you follow this workout plan you will be bounding over mountaintops and ridgelines in no time.

“The Power of 8’s” consists of 11 different exercises that are meant to be done in order.

The program consists of two circuits running back to back. Basically, you repeat the exercises for 2 rounds.

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Fire in a Downpour: A Two Day Backpacking Trip in the Smoky Mountains

Recently, I was able to go on a personal backpacking trip into the Smoky Mountains, something that I don’t usually get to do. Most of my trips out these days center around business concerns in regards to achieving specific objectives for The American Wild Trekking Company.  I was able to return to the wilderness with my twin brother Nick, who I haven’t backpacked with in 6 years. The last time I went on an overnight trip into the backcountry with him was into the Pyrenees Range in France in 2012.

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