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A Walk in the Woods

Phone: 865.436.8283 Erik/Vesna Plakanis
Email | Website | MAP

Gatlinburg, TN - Since 1998, A Walk in the Woods has specialized in providing over 100,000
guests with direct, positive and educational experiences in the Smokies.

As the area's only full-range nature guide service, our award winning Naturalist guides unlock
the door to nature with easy nature walks, hikes, driving tours, off trail adventures, overnight
backpacking and glamping trips, team building activities, classes on the outdoors and more.
Our guides are top notch individuals passionate about the natural world and dedicated to
saving it, one guest at a time. Our Naturalist guides are highly trained, skilled educators
dedicated to sharing the natural and human history of our area with a focus on the edible and
medicinal uses of plants and fungi as used by the Cherokee and European Settlers. Several
of our guides are former Great Smoky Mountains National Park rangers and educators from
Tremont.  We have three former AT thru hikers on our staff and guides who have years of
experience guiding throughout the United States.  Each guide is passionate about the natural
world and dedicated to saving it, one guest at a time.  All of our guides are Wilderness First
Responders, CPR certified and trained in Non-Lethal Bear Aversion Techniques.  Permitted
and Insured.  Locally owned and operated since 1998.  Winners of the coveted REI Top
Guide award.

Featured on the Travel Channel, Globe Trekkers, NBC Nightly News, Turner Broadcasting
International, Backpacker Magazine, Endless Vacation, USA Today,  AAA magazine Home
and Away, National Geographic Adventurer, Outside Magazine, the Washington Post, the
Wall Street Journal, Shape Magazine, Women's Health, Southern Living, Indianapolis Star,
Chicago Tribune, Ohio Dispatch, London's Sun Times, UK Independent, the Atlanta Journal
and Constitution and our REI Glamping trips were mentioned in the travel section of the New
York Times.

GSMA members receive 10% off services

Bryson City Bicycles

Phone 828-488-1988 Diane Cutler & Andy Zivinsky
Email | Website | MAP

Bryson City Bicycles is an award winning retail, rental and repair shop that caters to all ages and skill levels from families to racers. We offer local trail knowledge, expert mechanics and while-you-wait repairs. Only 12 miles from the world famous Tsali trails and 3 miles from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park we can help you with info, maps, gear, unique gift items and much more.  Bryson City Bicycles was named "One of America's Best Bike Shops" in 2014 - 2016 and was awarded the InterBike Award for Best Mountain Bike Shop in 2015.

10% off merchandise & bike rentals  828-488-1988

Bryson City Outdoors

169 Main Street
Bryson City, NC 37738
Phone: 828.342.6444

We have a well-equipped outdoor store in downtown Bryson City that has just about everything you may be looking for to make your outdoor adventure possible. We also offer Kayak, Paddleboard, and Camping Gear Rentals. Looking for a guided tour? We have a great staff that can make that happen, from hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Kayak and Paddleboard tours! Give us a call or stop by today! We also design all of our own T-shirts, hats, and stickers. Our designs are unique and represent our motto of "Life Outside", come by and check us out when you are in Bryson City!


155 Branam Hollow Road
Gatlinburg TN 37738
Phone: 865.325.8116 Customer Service

Experience the Smokies in a way you never thought possible! Being surrounded on three sides by the National Park, CLIMB Works Canopy gives you a bird’s eye view of what makes the Smokies so unique. We start off by taking you on a fun four-wheel adventure to the top of the mountain and once you take that first step onto our beautifully constructed tour your feet won’t touch the ground for the next 2½ hours… For the daring ones now is the time to explore, as you’ll be zipping over ravines, streams, trees, wildlife, and gorgeous views of the National Park. Your tour will consist of 13 unique adventures up in the canopy of the trees. While learning about nature you will also be overcoming your fears as you make your way over 9 different zip lines, 3 canopy sky bridges, and a fun unique surprise at the end. With our parent company, CLIMB Works, being a national leader in zip line design and construction we can truly offer an experience that is unmatched in quality and safety. 

GSM Outfitters

3275 Wears Valley Road, Suite B
Sevierville TN 37862
Phone: 865.366.2608 Heather or Michael

Meet Michael Shepperd and Heather Shepperd, owners of GSM Outfitters. Avid outdoors lovers, Michael and Heather relocated to beautiful Wears Valley, Tennessee to carry out their dream to live in the mountains and get to know those who enjoy the same adventures and activities they do. GSM Outfitters LLC strives to bring the Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley and Townsend areas of the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee, the very finest of outdoor gear and clothing for those who visit the area. Come and introduce yourselves to us in the valley! Shop and Compare! Our prices compare favorably with other known outfitter stores in the area. Our passion is to bring quality products at a reasonable price to the outdoor enthusiast.

GSMA Members receive a 10% discount on merchandise.

Hike The

186 Victorias Landing
Sevierville TN 37862
Phone: 865.363.4663 Steve Ellis

Hike The Smokys.Com, is a locally owned hiking, kayaking and camping adventure guide service, established in 2014.

We specialize in: private "romantic" waterfall hikes for couples, "day hikes" and history hikes for couples and groups, overnight back country hike-in camping, kayak excursions, and island kayak camping at local lakes.

All events are professionally photographed, and portraits of each adventure are included within the price of admission of most events.

Our founder and owner, Steve Ellis, has a passion for introducing others to the "trails less traveled", and to provide customer service beyond compare for adventurers, to unique waterfalls and vistas in the Park as well as local waterways.

Our guides are Red Cross Certified, and have an excellent safety record.

Hike The Smokys.Com, is a member in good standing with the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce.

Hikey Mikey

157 Old Mill Avenue
Pigeon Forge TN 37863
Phone: 931.629.8213 Larry Frederick

A hiking store which keeps family budgets in mind, that's us! Top quality "day-hiking" gear and the only place on the planet  to get A/Trail™, Hikey Mikey™, and Hikers Get It™ brand apparel...and a portion of your purchase always financially benefits the Appalachian Trail! So see your local "dayhikeologist", we're easy to find...just across the street from the historic Old Mill in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

GSMA members will receive a 10% discount on all merchandise

Little River Trading Company

2408 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway
Maryville TN 37804
Phone: 865.681.4141 Charles Woody

Quality Outdoor Gear, Clothing and Footwear for the entire family since 1996. Located in Maryville, Tn., we are right on the way to the Smokies. Our staff is an awesome source of knowledge for the outdoors and local area. We are always willing to help and offer expert advice about trip planning and gear, from backpacking, paddling, climbing or cycling. To help you take advantage of all that the great outdoors offer in our area, we feature gear and apparel from a variety of quality brands like Patagonia, The North Face, ExOfficio, Osprey, Eagles Nest Outfitters, Outdoor Research, Yeti coolers and others. You can’t venture outdoors without quality footwear, so we offer top brands like Lowa, Salomon, Salewa, Vasque, Ahnu, Chaco, Teva, Keen, OluKai and Sanuk. Stop by when you are on this side of the Smokies.  

Nantahala Outdoor Center

13077 Hway 19 West
Bryson City, NC 28713
Phone: 828.488.7186 Charles Conner

The Smokies' best fun with the Smokies' best outfitter! Since 1972, NOC has shared the outdoors with millions of guests on whitewater rafting trips across the Southeast. Raft with NOC and discover why National Geographic Adventure rated NOC "One of the best Outfitters on Earth."

Our Nantahala River resort is located in western North Carolina near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and within easy driving distance of Atlanta, Charlotte and Knoxville. Here, in addition to family-friendly rafting you'll find three restaurants and a pub, the famous NOC Outfitter's Store, mountainside cabins and numerous other adventures like lake kayaking, mountain biking, gold-medal fly-fishing, kayak instruction and more.

NOC's world-class staff leads whitewater rafting trips on seven classic rivers, including the Chattooga, Cheoah, French Broad, Nantahala, Nolichucky, Ocoee and Pigeon. Where ever you find yourself in the Smokies, you're not far from whitewater adventure with NOC.

GSMA members receive a 10% discount on their entire purchase excluding sale items, boats, gift cards and special order items, in store and on-line. Entering the code "GSMA10" at online checkout.

Rafting in the Smokies

3595 Hartford Road
Hartford TN 37753
Phone: 800.776.7238 Teresa Karson

We have been whitewater rafting professionals since 1978. Based in Gatlinburg, TN, our 30 years of experience carries a prominent reputation for excellence in the Smoky Mountain area that other rafting companies seek to parallel. Rafting in the Smokies continues to set the rafting standards in East Tennessee. Feel the excitement as one of Rafting in the Smokies' certified guides demonstrate their passion for whitewater by escorting you down the Upper Pigeon River, and Lower Pigeon Float Trip. Our knowledgeable river guides don't just love whitewater... they live it! Rafting in the Smokies schedules whitewater rafting trips with continual behind the scenes monitoring of logistical details. Our river staff maintains relentless communication between our Pigeon River Outpost and our main office creating a safe environment for you to relax and enjoy your whitewater rafting experience. Between our photographers, guides, reservationists, trip leaders, and managers you'll soon discover that Rafting in the Smokies is dedicated to making your whitewater rafting experience in East Tennessee unforgettable. But that's not all... Rafting in the Smokies offers a wide variety of fun for all ages.

GSMA members in good standing will receive a 20% discount

Rocky Top Tours

2828 Parkway, Suite 20
Pigeon Forge TN 37868
Phone: 865.429.8687 Linda Hall

Our tours of the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains take you where you want to go. Imagine experiencing the beauty of The Great Smoky Mountains through the windows of our mini-coach. Every member of the family can devote themselves to the passing landscape. No driving duty. No looking for the right exit. And no guessing about where to stop – we take you to the best places.

Smokemont Riding Stables

135 Smokemont Riding Stables Road
Cherokee NC 28719
Phone: 828.497.2373 Elizabeth Cook

Smokemont Riding Stable is a National Park Service-authorized concessioner offering guided horseback riding and wagon rides within the GSMNP. Located on the North Carolina side of the Smokies just off US 441, we offer a variety of trail rides to let you enjoy the Smokies on horseback. We have an hour ride that features a crossing of the Oconaluftee River, a 2.5 hour ride that goes to an area with a cascading waterfall and for our riders who want to be in the saddle longer, we also offer a 4 hour ride.

Smoky Mountain Angler

466 Brookside Village Way (in Winery Square)
Gatlinburg TN 37738
Phone: 865.436.8746 Harold or Nancy Thompson

Smoky Mountain Angler is Gatlinburg's trout fishing headquarters. Only minutes away from wild mountain streams or locally stocked waters, we have everything you need to get you on your way. Smoky Mountain Angler is a complete fly shop, professional guide service, and TWRA license agent. We also have rental equipment for both fly and conventional fishing and the best selection of local and commercially tied flies around. So whether you are a seasoned angler needing just a few things or a beginner needing to be outfitted from the ground up - stop by and see us. Come as a customer - leave as a friend. Tight Lines!

GSMA members recieve 10% off selected items.

Tuckaseegee Fly Shop

3 Depot Street
Bryson City, NC 28713
Phone: 828-488-3333 Dale Collins

Bryson City NC's only full service fly shop! We are your gateway to angling the Smokies. Come with us and explore famous creeks such as Deep Creek, Hazel Creek and many more.  Visit us online or in person in beautiful downtown Bryson City.

The Wildland Trekking Company

15 Ezelle Street
Apartment B
Asheville, NC 28806
Phone: 800-715-HIKE 4453 Chris Hoge

SA hiking adventure in the Great Smoky Mountains is an exciting way to experience the park's outstanding natural beauty and unique cultural history! The Great Smoky Mountains' magnificent forests, endless ridges, high peaks, cascades and waterfalls, wildlife, and clear mountain streams make it a hiker's paradise.

Our trips include a knowledgeable guide, top of the line gear, exceptional cuisine, comfortable transportation, and all permits for the park. Reserve one of our award-winning guided multi-day backcountry trips, lodge based trips, or day hikes now online or call 800-715-HIKE (4453).

GSMA Member Testimonial:  A quick note of appreciation for the GSMA’s guided trip into the national park this past weekend. I have taken many previous trips (cycling, hiking, etc), and I confidently rank Chris Hoge, the group leader from Wildand Trekking, in the top 10% of professional guides.  Chris is a top-notch representative of his company, GSMA, and the National Park Service.  He has a long and deep connection with the Smokies. His interpersonal skills are outstanding, and although he was keeping an eye on the group and the plans, he seemed to enjoy the park as much as any of the participants. I will hope for more GSMA-initiated trips in the future. - Sincerely, Ralph Lydic

GSMA members recieve 10% off Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Tours.

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