TAO’s Most Popular Trips

With so many amazing outdoor opportunities in North Carolina, you don’t have to travel far to enjoy first-class adventures. However, for those looking for a little more, we also lead trips to Rocky Mountain National Park, Acadia National Park in Maine and southern Germany and the Swiss Alps!

Optional activities include all levels of hiking, rafting/kayaking/SUP, waterfall tours, mountain biking, backpacking, climbing, ziplines and more. 


Hanging Rock State Park

At just over 2 hours away, Hanging Rock offers the closest mountainous terrain to the Triangle. This trip includes 1.5 days of hiking, one night tent camping, dinner, breakfast, snacks. Choose from 4.5 miles of moderate hiking with time to spend at the white sand beach/mountain lake, or 9 miles of moderate/strenuous hiking to the highest point in park with impressive panoramic views. Waterfall hikes on second day before departing. Day hike options available.


Nantahala Outdoor Center

The N.O.C. is the adventure capital of western North Carolina. Your group can choose from: rafting on the Nantahala River, hiking a section of the Appalachian Trail, kayaking on Fontana Lake, zipline, alpine challenge course, or mountain bike at Tsali. Spend Saturday evening dining in Bryson City and enjoying Nantahala Brewing Company. 

Includes three activities spread over 2.5 days, five meals, overnight stay in a cabin. 


Mount Rogers and the Virginia Creeper Trail

On day one, we’ll hike to the best view in southwest Virginia and hopefully connect with the famous wild ponies of Grayson Highlands. Day two will be spent coasting downhill on bike through old farmland and mountain valleys along 18 miles of the Virginia Creeper Rails-to-Trails. Includes 2 days of activities, 2 nights camping, and five meals.


Land of the Waterfalls, Transylvania County

Spend the weekend exploring at least seven of the biggest and best waterfalls east of the Rockies. Choose to Dine and Brew in Brevard Saturday evening. Price includes 2.5 days of hiking, tent camping (with a heated pool) and four meals.