Wilderness UTV Adventures

3 UTVs driving up a path surrounded by green trees

Explore the Great Smoky Mountain Wilderness in a UTV

Unleash your spirit of adventure with our UTV Excursions, a testament to our dedication to fostering positive impact in Western North Carolina. Our expert guides, more than just navigators, are stewards of the untouched wilderness, providing a glimpse into the region’s ecological marvels. In our rugged UTVs, the thrill of off-road exploration meets our commitment to responsible tourism. Each ride is a unique encounter with nature, embodying the values that make us pioneers in sustainable tourism. Join us for a personalized UTV adventure, where every trail blazed contributes to the vibrant tapestry of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Man in a UTV taking pictures of wildlife

Tour 2. UTV Sunset and Eco ELK Wilderness Adventure

Activity Level: Easy to Moderate

Min. Age: 2yrs

4 Hour Tour

Maximum Occupancy: 4 large adults and 2 medium adults.

Note: 2 guests will be seated in the 3rd-row jump seat.

Gather your friends and family for an amazing wilderness Safari adventure in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Cherokee Reservation.

Your incredible journey begins at Scenic Tours and Adventurers in Maggie Valley as we head up the mountain to the Ridgeline trails.

At a mile high the air is cool and fresh as we gaze across the lush valleys and soaring mountains deep into The Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Elk, Deer, Bear, Turkey, Hawks, Falcons, Buzzards and other critters are commonly encountered in the wilderness along the way!

In 2001 The Great Smoky Mountains National Park in conjunction with The Eastern Band Cherokee Nation reintroduced the Elk into the National Park. Learn of their reintroduction, life cycles, struggles, and promising future here in the Smokies.

Your guide will also share Cherokee and early Appalachian history, legends and lore.

Come get wild in the Smokies yall and join us for an incredible wilderness adventure where amazing memories are made that shall be cherished for generations to come!
ELK, BEAR, TURKEY, RAPTORS, and other WILDLIFE are commonly encountered along the way. Learn of the re-introduction of the ELK, their life cycles, struggles & bright future! here in the Smokies.   

This adventure is both educational, historical, and cultural as your guide shares with you early Cherokee, Appalachian history legends, and lore.  The Mountains are calling y’all to come get wild with Scenic Tours and Adventure where incredible adventures are had by all, that shall be cherished for years to come!!!


Find answers to commonly asked questions about our guided wilderness tours.

How old do you have to be to operate?

Scenic Tours & Adventures requires that a customer be at least 21 years old to operate our vehicles. All drivers must be listed on the rental agreement and have a valid driver’s license.

Walk-ups to our office are welcome, but we recommend that you make a reservation in advance as we book up quickly.

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Jeff WilliamsJeff Williams
15:52 05 May 24
We had a wonderful experience and our tour guide was awesome
Brittany TubbsBrittany Tubbs
19:10 01 May 24
Amazing time! If you’re ever in or around the Maggie Valley area Scenic Tours & Adventures is the place to go for the best scenic tour you can ask for. Cole was our tour guide and I must say he was fantastic! He was so polite and made us feel super safe and made the experience so fun! Side note he takes the greatest photos, thanks Cole!
Anabella AmayaAnabella Amaya
03:28 29 Apr 24
The most wonderful tour I could ever ask for. With the most perfect and friendly staff
Fabiola AnguloFabiola Angulo
01:26 29 Apr 24
Great experience that was worth it,,,, all the children had a great time, we loved the tour that Bryan gave us,,,,We want to repeat this wonderful experience
donald wilksdonald wilks
18:51 23 Apr 24
Enjoyed a great Tour with Cole as he was very professional n knowledgeableI felt very safe as he was a great DriverWe experienced Elk n many waterfallsReally had a great timeI would highly recommend him !!!!Debbie Wilks
Beth FatolitisBeth Fatolitis
02:14 14 Apr 24
My daughter, daughter in-law and I had a wonderful day on the four hour tour. Cole was our driver/guide, and he was amazing!! Cole knew the area and history and was able to show us places that we would not have been able to go by ourselves. We would highly recommend!
Kelly SmithKelly Smith
02:45 06 Apr 24
1 out of 10???! 20! Brian was a fantastic tour guide. He was friendly, knowledgeable and funny. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for something fun to do. It was peaceful and serene. My 15-year-old son hasn’t stopped talking about it. Do yourself a favor and book a 4 hour tour.
Mette Rose HalferMette Rose Halfer
23:02 27 Mar 24
Cole did a fantastic job guiding us through a memorable ATV ride through the Smokies. Thanks for a fantastic (and muddy 😀) ride.We had an amazing time and Cole was very attentive to all participants including the little ones. He served us with fantastic pictures and videos. This was indeed a highlight on our vacation
Vincent BryantVincent Bryant
20:56 25 Feb 24
George RochefordGeorge Rocheford
03:27 22 Feb 24
Added an incredible special adventure onto an already amazing trip. If you ever get to have the privilege to ride along with the Cole Train himself consider yourself blessed. Cole was an incredible source of knowledge, anecdotes, wisdom, and dad jokes. And you’d never know he is a professional photographer, he knows incredible photo op spots and tricks. Just ask him to take a photo with yourself in a cool spot he’ll make it happen. He knew everything you could ever ask about the Cherokee Preservation and was always up for whatever we wanted to see or do. The sights were nothing short of beautiful, the weather was perfect but don’t shy away from going in the rain either, Cole says there’s nothing like being inside a cloud at the top of the smokies and I’ll gladly take his word for it. Cole is also full of amazing recommendations for things to do, places to see, and things to eat in the area. I wish I had the opportunity to take this tour sooner in my trip to have pick his brain for more trip ideas as everything he suggested and we saw was incredible. If the best rating I can leave is a 5 star, riding with Cole was a 10.
Shawn HouleShawn Houle
21:52 18 Feb 24
Cole was a dope tour guide. The views were beautiful and he knew the area very well. My wife and I had a great time and felt greatly accommodated. I also liked that they offered extra gear for the cold before we head out. I recommend this place to anyone! 5 stars
Feliesha SalmonFeliesha Salmon
21:45 18 Feb 24
This was a fun tour! Cole was awesome, definitely a huge part of the fun! Very knowledgeable about the area, told great jokes, took a lot of pictures for us, which he made us feel comfortable asking him to do! Overall this was a great adventure and we will be back for sure!
Lora CarrLora Carr
23:20 08 Feb 24
We had a great time with our guide, Kolton. Our day started out at 6am with a pick up ride to the Yellowstone Gate. Once fitted in our suits we took a quick safety class on the sleds and we were off. The Old Faithful Trip also included a stop to see hot springs, waterfalls, and miles and miles of fun in the snow.The entire trip was amazing.
Sarah WeaverSarah Weaver
19:44 05 Sep 23
Our tour guide was amazing! He went out of his way to make sure we had a good time. He was very knowledgeable about Cherokee history, folklore, and culture. He showed us what kind of plants were edible. My husband was able to drive toe UTV. Our trip was completely worth the time! We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! If ever you visit, Maggie Valley, make sure to stop here, you won’t regret it!
Kevin CroftKevin Croft
21:37 20 Aug 23
Brian and his wife are awesome people. Brian feels the tour's with knowledge about the Cherokee and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Beautiful views and waterfalls along the way. 4 hour ride and every second is worth it. Brian also teaches you about the plants and animals around you through out the tour. Worth every penny! Had a blast and will be back again real soon. Thanks again Kevin C.
Charley HortonCharley Horton
00:27 01 Aug 23
Highly recommend this tour! Bryan is an amazing guide. The mountains are absolutely beautiful as well as the elk and the waterfalls. Bryan also had a lot of amazing information about the Cherokee people. Thank you Bryan for this amazing experience that we will treasure for years to come.

Policies and Procedures​

Refund Policy

UTV/ Side by Side units are reserved solely for you and your family only, and with that we do not offer any refunds. We do offer you re-scheduling or gift certificate without expiration date and that are fully transferable. The ONLY refunds that will be processed are refunds when our adventure tour guides cancel due to UNSAFE weather conditions. This does not include basic rain or snow; it refers to excessive winds and warnings directly in our area.