Whether it’s a weekend
trip to North Georgia or a week long trek through the Smokies,
we can custom design a trip to meet your needs and budget.
Pathway’s guides are certified Wilderness First Responders with
extensive experience for your peace of mind when you are miles
or days away from any road.
Do you have the longing to really explore the great
outdoors by being out in nature for days at a time?
Backpacking can give you a wilderness experience like no
other – the struggle of muscle against mountain and the
reward of a beautiful vista or a cold creek on the feet
can’t be matched. You need to have the knowledge gear
to do it safely though, and that’s where we can help.
We can work with you to select trails and make all the
necessary logistical arrangements. We can also provide
some of the best trail food you’ve ever experienced.
Up to you! Here are a few of the places we’ve enjoyed
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park,
Cohutta Wilderness, GA
Linville Gorge, NC
The Appalachian Trail
In the southeast you can backpack year-round, but most folks
will want to focus on a moderate time of the year like the fall
or spring. The summer will be hot, but everyone’s out of
school, so it lends itself to longer trips. The winter will be
cold and require more gear and experience, but there’s nothing
like digging out a place in the snow to set your stove!
We’ll take from one to 10 people backpacking on a single trip.
Depending on the destination there may be limits already set.
In the Smoky Mountains, for example, you can only get a back
country permit for 8 at a time.
What to expect
~ A safe, positive, and encouraging environment to get out of
your comfort zone and push your limits.
~ Guides who are experienced & professional, friendly & helpful,
willing & able.
~ Instruction in proper gear and use, wilderness living
techniques, and safety guidelines for backpacking.
~ To carry your own weight, be fully involved in all aspects of
the trip, to see a lot and to be immersed in nature.
~ Backpacking requires a very specific set of gear and list of
things to pack. We’ll work with you to see what you have,
compared to what you need and go from there.
Contact Pathways to design your trip and figure out your costs.
Costs depend on where you go, how long you will be there, what
kind of gear you need provided, if we’re in charge of food or
What to bring
Once we’ve gotten initial logistics of your trip figured out
we’ll provide a complete recommended equipment list for you to
use with your group.
Book your Backpacking
Let us know who you are, give us your contact info, fill us in
on what your requested dates are and any other details you have
about your group.