Guided Interpretive Hikes


Guided Day Hike in Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness, North CarolinaThank you for a great hike. As a volunteer naturalist, I am eager to learn new information about nature and to learn the skills of presentation of that information. You are excellent in your knowledge and skills. Working with a large group on the trail requires techniques and communication skills that are not present in many educators.Thanks a heap!DL, Elyria, OH

Please call Liz or send an email to begin planning a customized outdoor adventure!

Join Liz Domingue, your naturalist guide, for an interpretive day hike, a leisurely naturalist’s ramble, or a backpacking trek in Great Smoky Mountains National Park or in other natural areas of Tennessee, North Carolina, and northern Georgia.Just Get Outdoors specializes in customized guided day hikes tailored to each individual’s or group’s special interests, physical abilities, and goals. JGO welcomes outdoor enthusiasts of all levels of experience – adults and youngsters alike. Whether you are a birdwatcher, salamander chaser, wildflower enthusiast, photographer, or just want to hike to see some beautiful sights, JGO can plan a guided tour for you.

The Southern Appalachians have much to offer and we are excited about helping you experience the many wonders of this special and unique region. Perhaps you want to see one of the spectacular waterfalls in the Smokies, search for some salamanders, or walk amongst the stately giants of an old growth forest. You may prefer a visit to a grassy bald, a phenomenon exclusive to the Southern Appalachians, where you can learn about these interesting ecosystems while you gaze upon mountain views. All you need to do is tell us what you hope to see, and we will choose the trails to take you there.

Whether you visit the Smokies in the spring, summer, fall or winter, many new discoveries and pleasant experiences await your arrival. Join Liz on a day hike or ramble along one of the many trails. Together you can search for spring wildflowers, animal tracks in a fresh snowfall, vibrant fall colors, or a waterfall where you can take a cool, refreshing dip on a warm summer’s day.

JGO also provides personal guide service and consulting for both the experienced and beginner backpacker.

Are you a beginner backpacker who wants some hands-on experience to help you get started? If so, take Liz along as your naturalist guide and instructor. With her experience teaching backpacking skills, Liz can help you avoid many of those “beginner’s” mistakes. Not only will this save you time, but it probably will make it easier on your back too. Liz will help make your first backpacking trek an enjoyable and safe adventure. You will learn the necessary skills to help you gain the confidence needed to head out into the backcountry on your own. If you prefer to venture out on your own but are not familiar with the trails and highlights of the area, please give us a call. We are happy to consult with you and help with as much of the planning of your trip as you wish. We want to help make your trip run smoothly so you will have a pleasant and safe experience in the Smokies.

So, join us for a day or more of discovery and Just Get Outdoors! (Just GO!)