Spring has arrived, and we couldn’t be happier about it. With the warmer weather officially making its way back to the Smokies, hiking season is here to stay!
These wonderful mountains are home to what seems like more hiking trails and walking paths than people, but to fully (and often safely) enjoy them, you’ll need the right gear. In today’s blog, we want to give a quick rundown of shops in the area that can equip you to scale new heights! Let’s get climbing!
Bass Pro Shops
If you are an outdoorsy person living in the South, Bass Pro Shops is a household name. This rustic mega-store is packed with all the hardware you need to hunt, fish, and, in today’s case, hike. Whether it’s boots, spikes, or tents, Bass Pro Shops has you covered!
Nantahala Outdoor Center
Needing a guide for your next hiking adventure? The fine folks at Nantahala are just a call away. Nantahala not only has the know-how to make your next journey a success, but their retail side can help you stock up on essential gear as well! Don’t take to the trails before visiting with these awesome people!
Uncle Lem’s Outfitters
East Tennessee-based Uncle Lem’s is the perfect place to get your essential hiking clothing! From Chacos to Patagonia, this local favorite is stocked and calling your name!
J Hardy Outfitters at Tanger Outlets
One of the newest spots on our list, J Hardy Outfitters is a convenient, one-stop-shop for the outdoor enthusiast! With a wide selection of items spanning everything from firepits to campfire coffee mugs, J Hardy is teeming with the gear you need to enjoy hiking and beyond in the Smokies this spring! (Plus: it’s just a stone’s throw from the Hidden Mountain campus)
REI at Mountain Mile
Last but not least is REI at Mountain Mile! This new location gives visitors to the area easy access to a plethora of outdoor gear! REI is known as a leader in the industry and needs to be on the itinerary of any enthusiast coming to the Smoky Mountains!
We hope you have enjoyed this quick look at some of the awesome outdoor-focused stores in the area. All of these shops are a quick drive from the Hidden Mountain campus, and each would help make your hiking adventure easier, safer, and more fun!
If the thought of hiking the Smokies stirs your heart, but you just aren’t sure about taking off into the wilderness alone, check out our friends at Smoky Mountain Guides and let these trusted local guides show you around these beautiful mountains!
We know you’re going to love your time in the Smokies, and Hidden Mountain Resort will make a wonderful basecamp for your next hiking adventure!
Give us a call or explore further on our website today!