Our weekend camping trips begin on Friday afternoon with a twenty-minute pontoon boat ride across Fontana Lake to the remote North Shore area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. (Unless you’re open to a 20-mile hike, a boat is really the only way to get there.)

Everything is provided — the equipment, supplies, camp setup and food. In fact, camp is already set up when you arrive — maximizing your time enjoying the wilderness — a luxurious back country camp that includes comfortable 120-square-foot stand-up tents, hammocks, cots, chairs and other amenities not usually associated with deep woods camping. There’s even a portable hot shower.

What you do on your camping trip is entirely your choice although few campers pass up the opportunity to go fly fishing with an expert fishing guide. If you simply want to relax or go exploring, that’s fine too. We’ll customize the trip to your wilderness wishes.

We break camp and return to civilization after lunch on Sunday.

AT Hiker Shuttles

When you’re section-hiking the Appalachian Trail, you need transportation to and from the AT. If your hike is interrupted with an injury, you need transportaion. We provide hiker shuttles to and from regional airports and other area destinations. Call for an estimate or schedule.

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


cel 828-736-7501



Steve Claxton has been exploring these mountains and fishing these streams all of his life. Over the past two decades, he has built a reputation as one of the most knowledgeable history and fly fishing guides in the Smokies. He knows the mountains like his own backyard and has been fishing so long he thinks like a trout.

Gratuities not included

Four days, three nights camping and fishing

7 people

$575 each

6 people

$625 each

5 people

$675 each

4 people

$725 each

Full day fishing trip

1 angler

$225 total

2 anglers

$275 total

3 anglers

$325 total

Half day fishing trip

1 angler

$150 total

2 anglers

$200 total

3 anglers

$250 total

A 25 inch wild brown trout caught on Hazel Creek being released back into the creek for the next lucky client to catch.

While most of Steve’s excursions include a lot of fly fishing, he’ll customize your trip to your group’s interests, offering hiking, bird watching, nature photography or just lounging around the campsite in your favorite hammock.


Day Hikes — Occasionally, dates become available for guided day hikes into the North Shore area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Check with Steve for availability.