A twenty-minute pontoon boat ride across Fontana Lake takes you to one of the most remote areas of the National Park, where wildlife sightings are commonplace and smoky mountain fly fishing is legendary.



Each year, millions of people “escape” to the Smokies, distancing themselves from the drudgery of their everyday routines for a refreshing brush with nature. Yet only few are lucky enough to really escape, leaving all traces of civilization behind — camping under the stars, fishing for wild mountain trout, following un-beaten paths into the wildest areas of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

You can be one of those lucky few. Smoky Mountain Adventures takes small groups of 5 to 8 campers across Fontana Lake to the remote North Shore forest for a memorable two-day guided outing. Everything is provided — the equipment, the food and the expert knowledge of one of the Smokies’ most experienced guides, Steve Claxton.

Your Smoky Mountain camping, hiking and fly fishing trip is just a phone call away.

Steve is featured on this Weather Channel segment about fishing on Hazel Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Longer 5-minute version

Steve Claxton
Smoky Mountain Adventures
Post Office Box 995
Bryson City, North Carolina 28713

cel 828-736-7501

Smoky Mountain Adventures – guided hiking and fly fishing trips – is fully insured, licensed and permitted by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.



Steve is on a six-month journey (February - August) to through hike the 2,185 miles of the Appalachian Trail. He is hiking the trail to help call awareness to the Big Brother/Big Sister Program as well as to raise funds for the local program here in WNC.

After being involved in the BBBS program for the past twelve years as a member of the local advisory council, as local coordinator, as well as a big brother to a local youngster, he has witnessed the struggles and challenges that so many of our local youth face each and every day of their lives. At the same time he has witnessed so many lives completely turned around by this program.

We live in a very rural mountain community where poverty rates are extremely high. Local youth do not have the exposure to many opportunities youth in most other areas take for granted. There are no theaters, bowling alleys, skating rinks or teen centers for local youth to take advantage of. Funds raised through Steve's hike will provide needed financial resources in order to provide “hope” in many of these young people’s lives.

Steve is posting a blog during his journey. If interested in following his progress and hearing his story along his journey you can find his blog at

Big Brothers Big SistersIf you are interested in supporting this cause by contributing financially to the local Big Brother/Big Sister Program you may do so by making your gift payable to BBBS and designating it to “Hike for Hope” on the bottom left of your check. You may mail your contribution to 121 Sam Cove Robbinsville, NC 28771 or contribute through the following this GoFundMe link:

Nantahala Outdoor CenterIf unable to contribute at this time Steve asks that you keep him in your prayers as he makes this journey of a lifetime. Thank you for your consideration in contributing to this worthwhile cause and for your prayers for it’s success!


For more posts and videos about Steve's journey visit him on Facebook at