This Backpacking trip gives you the power to create your own once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. With guides who have grown up exploring these mountains we can take you to the most remote peaks, iconic waterfalls, and scenic high mountain vistas untouched by tourism. We want this to be a life-long memory, Creeks and Peaks offers that memory. Below is one trip example of our three favorite summer backpacking trips. In addition to the Mt. Cammerer trip we also offer multiple options closer to Asheville, NC with varying degrees of difficulty and scenery to include off-trail creek hiking. The off -trail hiking is extremely difficult and the hardest trip we offer. That particular off-trail experience requires past hiking with Asheville Trekking Company and guides consent that you're physically able to complete this expedition. 

Mt. Cammerer Features:

  • Cascading Creeks
  • Waterfalls
  • Epic Swimming Holes
  • 360° Mountaintop Views
  • Historic Remains
  • Epic Sunset
  • Historic Mt. Cammerer Fire Tower (2 towers on 4 day trip)

Quick Info

  • Price Starting at $690
  • Difficulty 3/5 - 6/5
  • Solitude 3/5 - 6/5
  • Group Size 1-8 Hikers
  • Distance 7-8 Miles per day
  • Time 3 Days or 4 Days

Trip Itinerary

We will start out hiking along a cascading mountain creek that boats some of the most popular swimming holes in the nation. Midnight hole is one of these swimming holes and is waiting for you to jump off her rocks into the icy cold, crystal clear waters. After this refreshing plunge, we will continue on past Mouse Creek Falls to our first nights camp around Lower Walnut Bottoms. Here we will enjoy a backcountry meal, a warm fire, and an interesting bit of history from the Smokies and particularly the area we’re trekking through. 

Day two will bring us to an Asheville Trekking Company favorite, Mt. Cammerer. Day two will start with a guide prepared backcountry breakfast, breaking camp, and heading for the summit! On the way to the summit we will pass through Low Gap and the historical remains of the Gunter homesite. Once we summit Mt. Cammerer we will try to secure camping with a view asap. From here we will explore the summit and firetower, take in an epic view and relax for the rest of the day. The sunset from here is arguably the best sunset in the entire Smoky Mountains National Park and we will be capitalizing on it. While you get ready for sunset and take in the amazing views the guide will be preparing dinner and a special backcountry dessert that a view of this magnitude deserves.

Day three will greet you with a magnificent sunrise and a breakfast prepared by the guide. We will then break camp and hit the trail ultimately taking us back to the trailhead after a half day of hiking. We will have the opportunity to enjoy a backcountry meal at the trailhead or if you have booked rafting for after the trip we will let you run on into town and get on the river.

Optional Add-Ons For a Better Experience

Gourmet Backcountry Hot Meal

$ 150

Prepared by a local professional chef, upgrade your backcountry picnic to a gourmet meal while experiencing breath-taking views. All prepared for you, so you don't lift a finger. These are priced per meal.

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