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Appalachian Trail Northbound- Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Open 24/7
Description

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
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.

Type: Adventure
What is Included: At the American Wild Trekking Company we pride ourselves on mounting successful expeditions into the backcountry. All necessary group gear is provided to our guests. This includes backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, group camping gear, water filtration, cooking gear, stuff sacks, plates, bowls, and utensils. As a guest on our expeditions you will never be asked to pay a gear rental fee or to provide any group gear while on one of our wilderness experiences. However, we do not provide personal clothing while on one of our expeditions. Check our personal gear list for our recommended personal packing list.
What to Pack: Synthetic Underwear Long Underwear 3 Pairs of Wool/Synthetic Socks Sturdy Hiking Boots Pair of Camp Shoes or Sandals Two Pairs of Pants-Synthetic 2 Synthetic Shirts Long Sleeve Synthetic Underlayer Mid-weight Fleece Heavyweight Fleece Thermal Coat Rain Pants Ball Cap Warm Hat Gloves Headlamp Sunscreen Bug Spray (if needed) 10-15% Tip (average industry standard)
Age Requirements and Difficulty: 18 unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. No children under the age of 13
Starting Time: We have a pre trip meeting in Knoxville TN the night before trip departure.
Where do we meet up: We meet at Balter Beerworks in Knoxville TN for our pre trip meeting.
Add-on Additional People, Rental Gear or Other Items
  • For 2 People + USD $1,000.00
  • For 3 People + USD $1,900.00
  • For 4 People + USD $2,800.00
  • For 5 People + USD $3,500.00
Location:
107 Park Headquarters Road Gatlinburg, TN United States 37738
About the Guide or Gear Owner

www.americanwildtrekking.com Jake Wittman spent his youth running in the cornfields and swimming the creeks of Southern Indiana. His first love of adventure and wild places came in the form of forays into uncharted forest areas around his Southern Indiana hometown of Evansville. Eventually these childhood pursuits would develop into a passion for remote wilderness travel in Shawnee National Forest and Land Between the Lakes in which Jake honed his wilderness skills through the writings of Bradford Angiers and Tom Brown. When he was twenty he hitchhiked out of his hometown seeking greener pastures, eventually landing him in California, Europe, and finally Washington DC. He became a skilled bartender in Washington DC and began funding his own expeditions all around the world. He was blessed enough to travel to 27 different countries by the time he was 23 and eventually hiked four major long distance internationally renowned trails; the Via Alpina on the border of Austria and Germany, the Camino De Santiago in northern Spain, the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal, and the GR-10 in Southern France. All of his experiences eventually led him to become a professional backpacking guide in the Grand Canyon and Smoky Mountain National Park. Jake worked for The Wildland Trekking Company in the Grand Canyon and for Smoky Mountain Guides in the Smoky Mountains. During his time in the Southwest he lived on the Navajo Nation for two years and gained an appreciation for Native American culture, history, and mythology. Jake is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School, he holds a Leave No Trace Master Educator Certification, and is also a licensed Wilderness First Responder. He is a mountain biker, a world class hiker, and an all around adventurer that The American Wild Trekking Company is proud to claim for their own. Jake currently lives in the beautiful city of Knoxville, TN with his wife and daughter.



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