Steve Claxton’s

Smoky Mountain Adventures

Back Country Fishing and Camping Guide in the NC Smokies

Steve Claxton is a native of the Smoky Mountains and has been fishing  Hazel Creek since age nine, giving him more than fifty years of experience exploring these waters. Steve knows every stretch of the stream, which sections fish better during high or low water and even has some named fish that he will introduce you to. With over five thousand days spent on Hazel Creek and twenty-four years of guiding experience, Steve is the go-to guide when it comes to knowledge about fly fishing these celebrated waters. There is not a guide still living in these Smoky Mountains who has spent the amount of time on Hazel Creek that Steve has.

Watch the Weather Channel’s 2-minute profile of Steve and backcountry trout fishing on Hazel Creek. Click or tap here to view a longer 5-minute version

Steve Claxton

Hazel Creek

Legendary Hazel Creek should be on every fly fisherman’s bucket list. The fifteen-mile creek is located in one of the most remote sections of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park; and the breathtaking beauty makes visiting this stream an adventure you will never forget. Smoky Mountain Adventures offers full day fly fishing trips and overnight camping trips with Hazel Creek’s most knowledgeable and experienced guide.

Smoky Mountain Adventures

Back Country Fishing and Camping Guide in the NC Smokies

Steve Claxton is a native of the Smoky Mountains and has been fishing  Hazel Creek since age nine, giving him more than fifty years of experience exploring these waters. Steve knows every stretch of the stream, which sections fish better during high or low water and even has some named fish that he will introduce you to. With over five thousand days spent on Hazel Creek and twenty-four years of guiding experience, Steve is the go-to guide when it comes to knowledge about fly fishing these celebrated waters. There is not a guide still living in these Smoky Mountains who has spent the amount of time on Hazel Creek that Steve has.

Watch the Weather Channel’s 2-minute profile of Steve and backcountry trout fishing on Hazel Creek. Click or tap here to view a longer 5-minute version

Steve Claxton

Hazel Creek

Legendary Hazel Creek should be on every fly fisherman’s bucket list. The fifteen-mile creek is located in one of the most remote sections of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park; and the breathtaking beauty makes visiting this stream an adventure you will never forget. Smoky Mountain Adventures offers full day fly fishing trips and overnight camping trips with Hazel Creek’s most knowledgeable and experienced guide.

Choose Your Smoky Mountain Adventure

Trout Fishing Day Trips

Spend a day with Steve Claxton fishing for wild native trout in the remote mountain creeks of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Back Country Fishing Camps

Spend four days and three nights camping and fishing on Hazel Creek. We completely outfit your group of four to twelve people including some of the best camp food you've ever tasted.

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Lake Fishing for Trout

If stream wading is not for you, book one of our lake fishing trips on Cheoah or Calderwood, two cold water mountain lakes with strong trout populations.

In February 2016, Steve embarked on a six-month journey through-hiking the 2,185 miles of the Appalachian Trail. He hiked 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.

Steve posted a blog during his journey which is still online at SteveClaxton.com/hiker/

After being involved in the BBBS program for the past 14 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.

You can still support 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 Go Fund Me link gofundme.com/z3r3f7ws.