USD $650.00
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USD $ 650.00 / 3 day(s)

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Big Creek Circuit
Open 24/7


DAY 1 - 5.3 MILES
We begin our day hiking up Big Creek. We will take a dip at Midnight Hole Falls and enjoy the forest in this scenic forested creek bed. Onward, we will pass Mouse Creek Falls and make camp at Walnut Bottom, aptly named for its Walnut trees!

DAY 2 - 5.8 MILES
Today will be filled with ascent and views as we take Sterling Ridge and walk a mile high to our campsite for the evening. The camp is at the base of Mount Sterling Fire Tower, which you can climb if you desire. Views of the Pigeon River Gorge, the Cataloochee Valley, and the Unaka Mountains are the cherry on the top of a full days hike and complete our trek for the day.

DAY 3 - 6.1 MILES
Our final day in this portion of the park will be a day of descent, much needed and much appreciated. We walk off of the Mount Sterling Ridgeline and down the Benton Macaye Trail back to the Big Creek Ranger station, a fine cathartic finish to a rewarding 3 days in the backcountry.

Type: Adventure
What is Included: 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: This trip is intermediate. Anyone in moderate physical condition should be able to do it. Filling out a health questionnaire and acknowledgment of risk form is mandatory for all participants.
Starting Time: We will have a pre-trip meeting the night before the trip leaves. Starting times vary based on season.
Where do we meet up: Knoxville TN
Add-on Additional People, Rental Gear or Other Items
  • For 2 People + USD $650.00
  • For 3 people + USD $1,200.00
  • For 4 people + USD $1,700.00
  • For 5 People + USD $2,000.00
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park Gatlinburg, TN United States 37738
About the Guide or Gear Owner 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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