Fall Smokies Eco-Adventure

1316 Cherokee Orchard Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Experience the Smokies like never before! Spend your days exploring the wilds of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and your nights glamorously camping off the grid. DLiA is partnering with A Walk in the Woods to bring you this exclusive 3-day, 2-night adventure that will include guided hikes and nature walks, camping in a luxurious off-grid setting, great local food and drink, and much more. All proceeds from this fundraising event will help DLiA discover and conserve the rich biodiversity of the Smokies. Book now! Registration deadline October 9th.

The 2-night adventure begins at noon Sunday, October 29th and will conclude on Tuesday afternoon, October 31st. Here’s a rough schedule, which is flexible depending on the interests of the group, weather conditions and trail closures.

Sunday, October 29: Guests will meet at the DLiA office at noon and enjoy light snacks and introductions. We’ll go on guided hike led by DLiA staff on the Twin Creeks Trail (Total trail mileage under 2 miles)  In the late afternoon, we’ll get load up our gear and get transported to A Walk in the Woods’ private off-grid camp located near Cosby and settle into our not-too-rustic glamping accommodations. We’ll have drinks and a wholesome dinner. We’ll finish off with s’mores around a campfire. 

Monday, October 30:  We’ll have locally-sourced coffee and a hot breakfast at camp and pack sack lunches. We’ll then head to the Greenbrier area in GSMNP to look for wildflowers on our hike to Fern Branch Falls on the Porter's Creek trail. This hike is 4 miles round-trip and is considered moderate. We’ll arrive back at camp in late afternoon and enjoy southern fixins' around the campfire. If you’re up for it, we’ll go for a night hike at the camp to look for nocturnal critters. 

Tuesday, October 31: We’ll start with a hot breakfast, pack sack lunches, and pack up our gear.  If the conditions and views are favorable, we head up to the high elevations in the park for a hike in the  spruce-fir forest. We’ll finish up around 4 pm. We’ll say our goodbyes and guests will depart.