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"Vesna Plakanis, who owns the outfitter A Walk in the Woods with her husband, Erik, is a modern-day John Muir of the Smokies - smitten with the park and extremely knowledgeable about its ecology."
Lisa Besson, Outside Magazine, Traveler Family Edition.


"I hiked with Erik Plakanis, who with his wife Vesna owns "A Walk In The Woods." He is undoubtedly the best guide I have ever had for a nature experience!"
Bonnie Neely, Real Travel Adventures International Magazine. 

"(Vesna) Plakanis, we quickly realize, is more than just a guide. She's a naturalist. A forest guru. A professor in hiking boots. "
Tyler Currie, Washington Post. Go to article.

Are you a little leery about venturing out into the park on your own or are looking to get the most out of your hiking experience? Look no further that our outdoor partner in the park A Walk In The Woods guide service.


Maximize your Smoky Mountains experience with the oldest and best guided tour company in the area! Whether you are seeking a unique adventure, to expand your knowledge and skills, or simply a peaceful encounter with nature at its finest, come discover the Jewel of the Park System, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

A Walk In The Woods is a full range tour guide service geared to making your time in the Smokies as wonderful as possible. Emphasizing the teaching of natural history, A Walk In The Woods' offers spectacular trips into the Smokies. Our expert guides will take you on a once in a lifetime Smoky Mountain Tour. Your experience may include incredible vistas, gentle cascades, waterfalls, majestic ancient forests, crystal clear mountain streams, old home sites, graveyards or hidden trails.

We are experts in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, medicinal and edible uses of wild plants and mushrooms, wild animals and their habits, backpacking, primitive skills, outdoor survival, and local human history, including the Cherokee and early settlers.

All of our services help make your trip to the Smoky Mountains rewarding and fun. We offer a large selection of Smoky Mountain tours including; interpretive guided nature walks, guided hikes, birding and salamander treks, hiker shuttle service in and around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Appalachian Trail support, trip planning, camping and backpacking equipment rental, guided backpacking trips, classes and seminars. Our goal is to make the Great Smoky Mountains National Park come alive for you.

A Walk in the Woods has been building Smoky Mountain memories for our clients since 1998 as a full-time guide service in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Services and Pricing

A Walk in the woods guide pointing out a plant to four hikers


A Walk in the Woods

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