Historic River Town Ramble

Badge of ExcellenceGatlinburg, USA
Explore a Simpler Time Smoky Mountain Tour
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From $85.00

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up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Discover a bygone era on a 3-hour tour of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Hear stories about the Cherokee people and settlers that lived and worked in the mountains, and learn how they survived off the land. See a small family cemetery, 19th-century barn and an old fashioned spring house, then get a glimpse of settlers’ daily lives in a small restored cabin. Enjoy a relaxed nature walk with a guide that brings the Smoky Mountains’ distinctive wildlife, plants and geology to life at every turn.
  • 3-hour nature and history tour of Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Visit the park with a guide
  • Learn about Native Americans and settlers who lived in the mountains
  • Walk a gentle nature trail
  • Small group tour ensures a personal experience

What's Included

  • Snacks: peanut based (peanut butter crackers, trail mix and/or fruit snacks)
  • Professional guide
  • Gratuities are appreciated for good service.
  • Lunch
  • Drinks are not provided. Bring plenty of water.
  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • Parking Tag not included. Contact us or purchase here:

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Sugarlands Visitor Center
    1420 Fighting Creek Gap Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738, USA

    We meet clients under the flagpole. Here, you can purchase your parking tag at one of the convenient kiosks.

End point

  • 603 Little River Trl, Gatlinburg, TN 37738, USA

    You will end your tour here and your party can head out or continue to explore the area.

What To Expect

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

3 hours Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Rating: the difficulty of this tour is easy
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Gratuity of 10 to 20% recommended for good service
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour requires a 2 person minimum to operate. If you are traveling solo, you may join into an existing tour or pay the 2 person rate.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Featured review
Debbie was an excellent guide. She made the area come alive with the stories of history in the area. She was very knowledgeable; we enjoyed our hike very much.


26 reviews
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Great experience
Tim_B, Mar 2024
It was a great experience; Debbie was knowledgeable and made the trip quite enjoyable. We were the only 2 on the walk and enjoyed the individualized attention.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Thank you! Glad you enjoyed your time with Debbie.
Interesting learning experience with beautiful surroundings!
Elizabeth_P, Jun 2023
Debbie was an excellent guide. She made the area come alive with the stories of history in the area. She was very knowledgeable; we enjoyed our hike very much.
Response from Host, Jun 2023
Thank you for the lovely review!
Awesome. Exactly what we wanted/needed
Michael_R, Jun 2019
Avery was an absolute amazing guide for our tour. Full of energy and knowledge. Perfect 10/10. Tour was perfect as well.
It was AWESOME! Debbie our guide...
Karla V, Oct 2017
It was AWESOME! Debbie our guide made the experience memorable. We booked Explore a Simpler Time, but roads to the area were closed due to repairs. Debbie gave us other options that we could do. We selected a trek that was similar in difficulty. It was beautiful and Debbie was incredibly knowledgeable about the area and personable. By the end, it was like taking a hike with a good friend.The sights were gorgeous and we actually got to see a bear and her two cubs. I would definitely recommend this group.
Scott was a great guide ... we learned...
Gail R, Jul 2017
Scott was a great guide ... we learned things and we had fun!
I thought I would be bored with this...
Jane c, Jun 2017
I thought I would be bored with this trip BUT it was good , not only did Eric tell us about the wild life he mention plants tress and many more things.I,ve tried to put this review on tripadviser but it kept saying try again... If any timeI,m back I would book Eric again.. Thank you Eric from Richard and Jane x
Very wonderful hike! Matt our guide...
Joy_P, May 2017
Very wonderful hike! Matt our guide was so full of knowledge about the mountains. He was laid back and kept our pace at one at which we could see many things -- wild flowers, animals, plants. It was fun looking for some of the live items he had showed us. Views were amazing! I would highly recommend this tour.
This tour was wonderful! Our guide...
MartiKay S, Nov 2016
This tour was wonderful! Our guide was fabulous was very well informed exceedingly enthusiastic and just a whole lot of fun!!! The mountains were gorgeous we went in late October and the stories and folk lore was a lot of fun to hear!!! The hike is not hard at all! Go and enjoy yourselves!

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