Golden Fall in Great Smoky Mountains (Hiking)

Charlotte, NC, USA

Karina Safari
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36 reviews
Oct 12 - 16, 2022
Group size: 8 - 12
Golden Fall in Great Smoky Mountains (Hiking)
Charlotte, NC, USA

Karina Safari
  • Email address verified
  • Facebook verified
36 reviews

Oct 12 - 16, 2022
Group size: 8 - 12

About this trip

Hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains range,  one of the most picturesque places of the entire East Coast  🍁 In this time of the year we expect to spot the golden foliage palette of colors on the slopes of the mountains, and along the banks of streams and waterfalls - from bright red to golden yellow! Add to your imagination the  “waves” of mountain ranges immersed in a mysterious blue haze - that's the reason why this mountains are called Smoky.

More highlights;
🚘 Drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway, considered the one of the most scenic in America! 🍁🏔🌳

🏰 Visit an America's Largest Home, the elegant Biltmore Estate historic mansion and gardens - a one-of-a-kind experience not to be missed! 

📸 Bring back unique memories of the best moments of this trip captured by our talented crew photographer and guide 🤩


✈️  Arrival /Departure: Charlotte, North Carolina

🍭  Kids: 14+  with previous hiking experience

🏩  Comfortable Lodging: Hotel or AIrbnb house 

🤗  Group size: 8-12 travelers

🥾 Level of difficulty:  Beginner/Intermediate (for individuals able to walk up to 10 mi/8hrs/day, elevation gain is not significant)


Hikers should always be prepared for a wide range of temperatures and weather conditions while hiking in the mountain regions. Temperatures in the mountains typically fluctuate as weather patterns change. Be prepared for rain  & shine.

In the fall season (September-October) average daytime temperatures can vary between 70-75F degrees; however, overnight and in the early morning lows throughout the park can drop to near 40 degrees. 
We will update you on expected weather forecast before departure.

Good to know:

Be prepared that on some trails it is possible to wade streams and the water can be knee-deep. Please bring special shoes (sandals or sandals) or a change of hiking shoes.

Trip Cancellation Policy

Participant can cancel their trip anytime prior departure with the following penalties: 

- Cancellation 45+ days before departure - fully refundable

- Cancellation 45 to 21 days before departure -  registration deposit is non-refundable

- Cancellation 20 to 0 calendar days before departure – full trip cost is non refundable

Trip cancellation insurance is advisable; it protects all registration deposits and payments for both air and land cost.

What’s included

  • Professional assistance
    Team leaders: Karina Safari & Alex Mironyuk
  • Ground Transportation
    Comfortable 7 seater vans
  • Comfort Lodging
    Lodge or aribnb property: twin rooms with private bathroom
  • Photography
    Professional group photography included
  • Admissions & parking
    Biltmore Estate day-ticket (basic)
  • All arrangements
  • Flights
    to/from Charlotte, NC (approx $383 from SFO roundtrip)
  • Meals


Day 1 (Wed)
Arrival in Charlotte, NC > Linville

Arrival in Charlotte, NC  anytime before 3PM.

Meet with your Team Leaders at the airport (car rental office) and drive to Linville, NC. We will make a quick stop on the way to purchase groceries for our trail lunches for the following days.

Check in the lodge or airbnb property.

Dinner at the restaurant or welcoming BBQ. 

Team introduction and discussion of the next days plan.

Overnight in Linville, NC.

Your Organizer

Karina Safari
36 reviews
Professional adventure travel organizer and team leader since 2006. Originally from Moscow, Russia. Lived and worked as a tour guide and destination expert in South American countries (Ecuador and Colombia) in 2009-2012. Moved to the U.S. in 2012. Resident of San Francisco bay area. Founder of Safarika Adventure Club, CA since 2013 (CST # 2112795-40). Join our tribe of active travelers! Experience epic bucket list destinations and world best trails you have only dreamed of in our unbeatable team adventures to South America and beyond


The best part of any trip is to meet new people and get to know everyone in a group. You can't find a better place to do this then gorgeous Hawaii. The food was diverse and delicious, abundance of fruit will surprise anyone. Accomodations were comfortable and spacious. I can't wait for the next adventure to meet new and old friends
By Larysa Z for Hawaii Big Island Encompassed: Best Hikes & Beaches on 12 Nov, 2021
Another amazing trip with Safarika! My husband and I came back home rested, energized, and with new wonderful friends. Collecting our vacation time for another adventures with Safarika. Looking forward for new travels with beginner and medium level hikes.
By Olga K for Hawaii Big Island Encompassed: Best Hikes & Beaches on 09 Nov, 2021
Thank you very much Karina and Alex for fantastic views, great company and delicious food!
By Victoria M for All Shades of Fall in Colorado Hiking Trip on 14 Oct, 2021
It's my second trip with Karina. As the previous time everything was well organized: accommodations, transportation, permits, passes, dining.. All we have to care about - is to have fun! What I like the most about trips with Karina is a balance between challenging and interesting hikes - if you have to push yourself to get somewhere - be sure you'll be rewarded. Several trip highlights: - One of the most beautiful alpine lakes in Rocky Mountain NP - Sunrise hike with spectacular views over the park. Each picture taken there worth National Geographics cover - Variety of restaurants reserved ahead of time - And of course people!
By Valerii T for All Shades of Fall in Colorado Hiking Trip on 12 Oct, 2021
The trip was awesome! Thank you so much Karina and Katya for making my dream of exploring Yellowstone NP come true. Unforgettable memories, beautiful pictures, wonderful company - everything was superb. I will travel with you again and would recommend you to anyone.
By Olesia M for Best of Yellowstone and Grand Teton (Moderate Hiking/ Hotels stay) on 28 Sep, 2021
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One of the best trips I've done! I am mainly either a solo traveler or prefer to go with my family But 4 days hiking trip to Montana Glacier NP has changed my preferences :) Thank you very much, it's been a pleasure and FUN Met so many interesting intelligent people, would highly recommend if you enjoy active vacations
By Yelena M on 10 Sep, 2020
I traveled with Karina to Patagonia in 2020 and it was awesome! Perfect planning & organization throughout the trip, including dealing with the unexpected (e.g. lost luggage). I really liked other folks in the group and made several new friends in this trip. I highly recommend Karina's trips to casual and semi-serious hikers, and plan to be a return customer myself.
By Grigory L on 14 Mar, 2020
Thank you, Karina, for a wonderful first time experience of active adventure trip! Everything is well thought and organized. Would recommend to anyone!
By Aizhan T on 20 Jun, 2019