Costs and Inclusions for Naturalist Adventure Outings

Outing Cost:  $95 per day (full-day hike) per person

The Elk of Cataloochee: $115 per person

Synchronous Firefly Outing: Naturalist’s Ramble and Synchronous Fireflies - $120

Naturalist’s Ramble only - $95

Synchronous Fireflies only - $35

** I offer special discounted rates for families and for groups with 4 or more people. Total group size for this program is limited to 15 (maximum) and a minimum of 5 Firefly Watchers is required for the evening outing.

** Due to COVID-19, group size is limited to 10 (maximum)

** CDC and NPS guidelines will be strictly followed due to COVID-19 restrictions

** Children must be 5 years or older to attend.

** Family rates apply to parents (or other adult family members) with children.

Trip Inclusions:

  • Experienced, professional Naturalist Guide with Wilderness First Responder and CPR certification
  • Naturalist interpretation
  • All permit fees as required by Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Assistance with trip planning prior to our Outing date
  • Carpooling, as needed
  • Over 20 years of experience leading trips in Great Smoky Mountains National Park


  • We will meet at a central location and carpool to and from trailheads
  • ** Due to COVID-19, we will not be carpooling

**All reservations are confirmed upon receipt of a 25% deposit (of the total cost).

 Accommodations and Meals are up to you. If you choose to join me for more than one day and stay overnight, you can stay in a cabin or other accommodation where you have kitchen facilities. Or, if you prefer eating out and don’t wish to prepare your own meals, there are a variety of hotel and restaurant options. If you want to enjoy the quieter side of the Smokies, I suggest you stay in Townsend or Wears Valley. Following are some suggestions.

 Smoky Mountain Getaway cabins, Randy & Kim Schultz, 865-448-6027

 Bearly Rustic cabins                        1.888.448.6036  

 Townsend Chamber of Commerce lists a variety of options for local accommodations and more


For more information and to sign up for JGO Outings, please contact Liz at: or  865-977-4453

Cancellation Policy:

-       If you CANCEL with enough time for me to book another hike or fill your spot, you will receive your deposit, minus a $5.00 fee plus any credit card fees incurred by JGO when making your reservation. 

-       If I am unable to fill the date, due to last minute cancellation, the deposit will be forfeited.