Pricing for Naturalist-Guided Day Hikes & Other Programs

PRICING for Naturalist Rambles, Hikes and other Programs (All prices are per person)

With Liz as your personal guide on every trip offered by JGO, you are assured of having the knowledge and expertise of a professionally trained, highly experienced Naturalist guide with over 30 years’ experience and a balance of Naturalist interpretation that suits you. Liz has Wilderness First Responder and CPR certification.

Guided Interpretive Hikes (Day Trips) with a Naturalist include:

- Rambles

- Hikes

- Workshops

- Environmental Education programs

Programs are tailored to your individual (or group) interests and needs.

Topics may include:

  • Salamanders, Birds and other Wildlife and their natural history and ecology

  • Wildflowers, Trees and other plants and their ecology

  • Nature Photography

  • Cultural History

  • A hike with a scenic destination (Waterfalls, Old Growth Forests, Awe-inspiring Vistas, Southern Appalachian Balds) and more.


FLAT RATES * (for Singles**, Groups and Families (***):

HALF Day = up to 4 hours.

  • $145.00 for an exclusive one-on-one, personal tour **

  • $75.00 each for 2-4 hikers

  • $55.00 each for 5-9

  • $40.00 each for 10+

  • $40 for Children (age 5 – 15 yrs)

FULL Day = up to 8 hours.

  • $175.00 for an exclusive one-on-one, personal tour**

  • $95.00 each for 2-4 hikers

  • $75.00 each for 5-9

  • $55.00 each for 10+

  • $45 for Children (age 5 – 15 yrs)

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

* If you wish to pay by credit card for day hikes and outings, a 3% fee will be added to your total.

* For short trips and day hikes, payment by check is the preferred way to go, as a 3% charge (to cover costs) will be added to credit card payments.

**JGO continues to offer one-on-one personal tours for those who prefer to experience the sights and sounds of our natural world in a more intimate and quiet fashion.

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

Group size is small (15 or fewer participants), unless otherwise arranged by your private group.

Small group size provides a more personal and enjoyable experience for everyone. However, we are happy to accommodate larger groups as well. We will consider all special requests to help you enjoy your outdoor experience, so please inquire.

Reservations and Deposit:

You may make a reservation by calling Liz at 865-977- 4453 or by sending an e-mail to: All reservations are confirmed upon receipt of a 25% deposit of the total cost. ** If you wish to pay by credit card for day hikes and outings, a 3% fee will be added to your total.


Weather changes in the mountains can come quickly, so it is important to be prepared.

Following are some tips to help you plan for our time together on the trail.

* Please keep in mind that the weather in the Smokies is quite changeable and we can experience rain any time of the year.

* Temperatures at the higher elevations can be 10 – 20 degrees colder than those experienced at the lower elevations.

To enjoy a safe and comfortable day you should:

  • Always carry waterproof rain protection (a poncho or rain jacket & rain pants).

  • Wear sturdy, broken-in hiking boots (or comfortable walking shoes) .

  • Dress in layers.

  • Bring plenty of Water.

  • Bring snacks and your lunch for a trail-side picnic.

  • A cap or hat with a brim is a good idea too

  • Hiking poles if you have them

  • Optional items that I recommend you bring are camera and binoculars (I always carry a pair that you are welcome to use).

  • Contact me, Liz, with any and all, 865-977-HIKE(4453).

Remember, we customize our hikes for you so that you can get the most enjoyment from your trip with us. So, give Liz a call and she will help create a trip just for you!

Do you have a special occasion or holiday coming up soon? Do you want a unique gift idea for a friend or loved one? Present her or him with a gift certificate from Just Get Outdoors!

* Backpacking Adventures with a Naturalist Guide

Experience the backcountry with your own personal, professional Naturalist guide. Novice and experienced hikers alike will enjoy this opportunity to get away from the crowds and into the heart of our awe-inspiring, peaceful and rejuvenating Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

* Contact Liz for more information and to plan your trip in the backcountry of the Smokies and other natural areas.

Cancellation Policy:

  • If you CANCEL and I am able to book another hike (for the reserved date) 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, your deposit will be forfeited.