What might we see on a tour?

Historic 1800s Pioneer Homes



Need some “Electronic Detox Therapy?”

Let’s disconnect from WiFi and plug into Mother Nature.

It’s human nature to be a part of nature, so let’s take a walk in the woods and explore some beautiful, natural surroundings. It’s essential!

Our tours go into The Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) and the neighboring areas.

What we do:

Tours of the Smokies are our passion!


Walking and hiking tours in the Great Smoky Mountains

Typically, we’ll walk 1 to 2 miles at levels ranging from easy to moderate.


Specializing in entertaining bus groups with historical and educational narrations about the area.

Popular Tours:

OPtion A

2.5-hours $38pp | Difficulty level: Easy

1.2-miles roundtrip.

The Tour starts in Wears Valley, a 15 minute drive from Pigeon Forge. We go into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at the Wears Valley entrance and hike along a river bed and creek beds, to an 1882 built school house. This is an easy nature walk.


2.5-hours $38pp | Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate

1.4-miles roundtrip.

The tour starts in Townsend, a 30 minute drive from Pigeon Forge. We go into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at the Townsend entrance and hike to a beautiful, double-tiered cascading waterfall.

This route is short but rugged.


3.5-hours $48pp | Difficulty level: Moderate to Difficult

3-miles roundtrip (approximately)

The tour starts in Gatlinburg and goes into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The route to the trailhead takes us along majestic steam beds and historic pioneer cabins. The hike leads to a spectacular 40-foot waterfall.

The most visited National Park in the United States

with a wide variety of lush vegetation, it’s a temperate rainforest, and has been declared an International Biosphere!

Tours in The GSMNP require a Commercial Use Authorization Permit, which we have acquired, so when you purchase a tour with ‘Tours by Stella’ you are supporting this incredible biosphere, while enjoying a fun and positive experience with nature, away from fast-paced, commercial attractions. 

You may see and learn about:

– Animals / Wildlife 

– Plants / Trees / Flowers

– Salamanders / Bears / Sasquatch

– Cascades / Streams

– Historic Pioneer Structures

– Settler Life

– Native American History

… and more!

A few rules of the day

*Tours take place rain or shine; be prepared with rain jackets or rain ponchos.

*Wear sturdy footwear for walking 2 to 3 hours on uneven surfaces (No loafers or flip flops).

*Bring water and a small snack (i.e. fruit, nuts or protein bars).

*Additional parties may be included on your tour unless you book a private tour.

The Beautiful Sights of the Smokies

What might we see on a tour? Our tours may include Historic 1800s pioneer homes, waterfalls & wildlife.

Join us on a hike! We can’t wait to hear from you!


Enjoy a day with friends and family in The Great Smoky Mountains. 


Guided Hikes & Walking Tours:

2.5-hours $38 per person

3.5-hours $48 per person +taxes.

Motorcoach Step-on Guide Service:

$150 for the 1st 2.5-hours.

$30 an hour thereafter.

Adventures in the Smokies

Coming soon: Our blog about all things Smoky Mountains!  

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We will make every attempt to accommodate your first choice tour date request, but please choose a second date in case your first choice is not available.

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*Over 20 years experience in Tourism and Travel

*CPR & 1st Aid Certified

*Certified Interpretive Guide with the National Association for Interpretation

*REI Outdoors Lifetime Member

*Great Smoky Mountains National Park Commercial Use Authorized