Humans often relax by communing with nature: hiking through mountains, paddling down rivers, and eating berries indiscriminately. Get your fill of nature with this Groupon.
Choose from Seven Options
- $55 for a two-hour Creek Hollow trail trek for two (a $110 value)
- $99 for a two-hour Creek Hollow trail trek for four (a $220 value)
- $175 for a two-hour Creek Hollow trail trek for eight (a $440 value)
- $75 for a five-hour Buckeye Ridge trail trek for two (a $150 value)
- $135 for a five-hour Buckeye Ridge trail trek for four (a $300 value)
- $239 for a five-hour Buckeye Ridge trail trek for eight (a $600 value)
- $195 for a two-day Ultimate trail trek for two (a $390 value)
The Buckeye Ridge trail trek requires an additional $40 travel fee per group, which is not included in this Groupon.
The staff assigns visitors their own gentle pack llama to lead during the hikes. The clean, fluffy llamas—which don't bite, kick, or spit—carry the backpacks and food during the tours. One or two tour guides lead every trek, and the groups take frequent stops to rest and rehydrate. Two-hour Creek Hollow trail treks take travelers over grassy fields and onto wooded trails. After they've mounted a steeper trail, they'll come up to see a swinging suspension bridge and a 60-foot waterfall. Hikers bring their own lunches on Buckeye Ridge trail treks, which last about five hours over flat, wooded terrain. If the group is feeling bold, they may optionally challenge a very steep path to reach a peak with stunning views.
Two-day Ultimate Smokies Adventure packages include three of the area's best adventures. Two-hour llama treks span forest trails and trot by creeks. Next, canopy-style ziplines send trekkers flying over creeks as they enjoy views of valleys and mountains from the forest canopy. Finally, they'll mount camels for a one-hour ride through a 150-acre Safari Park to take snapshots of exotic animals. Schedules for two-day packages are customizable, and the guides are happy to recommend other activities in the area.
Smoky Mountain Llama Treks
As Steve Garrett hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2008, he felt called to leave the corporate life he led near Grand Rapids, Michigan, and move to the mountains with his family. His wife, Johnna, supported his dream—so they and their children moved to Tennessee to run Smoky Mountain Llama Treks.
Their fluffy, pettable llamas don't spit, kick, or run off—rather, the gentle pack animals carry loads for hikers on treks through fields and woods. Though the llamas can't be ridden, their ability to carry food and gear makes it easier for hikers to enjoy mountain views and cartwheel down the trails. In addition to leading groups on hikes, the staff can also coordinate adventures including zipline tours through the forest canopy, rafting, and helicopter tours.