Why will you enjoy a trip with GOAT? 
Small-group size provides minimal environmental impact and maximum fun and interaction. Participants enjoy intimate group settings, focused attention, and new friendships. 

Safety first . . . GOAT's Golden Rule. 
Personal safety is paramount on every trip. Guides emphasize and practice safety standards for the protection of resources and clients. 

Areas visited on GOAT trips reflect:
  •      natural beauty 
  •      scenic wonders 
  •      magnificent wildlife 
  •      backcountry solitude 

Leave the worries to us! 
Our over 45 years combined experience in planning and leading trips enables you to maximize your time spent safely enjoying the great outdoors while not worrying about the details. 

Who Are GOAT's Adventure Guides? 

Joel G. and Kathy W. Zachry are your guides for trips, backpacking, and travel adventures. Joel and Kathy are also the owners of Great Outdoor! Adventure Travel. 
"Our goal in offering trips is to maximize our clients' enjoyment and minimize their worries." 

Both have M.S. degrees 
Joel--biologist, 30 years college and university teaching, retired 
Kathy--biomedical engineer, 25 years in medical products industry 
The Zachrys have more than 50 combined years of hiking experience and leading trips through the cooperative University of Tennessee/National Park Service Smoky Mountain Field School. 
Together they have section hiked the 2,175 miles of the Appalachian Trail, led numerous trips to Alaska, Colorado, Montana, Maine, and the Outer Banks. 
They enjoy bringing others to the wonders of nature. 


Owners and guides Joel and Kathy Zachry
Joel and Kathy completed hiking the 2,175 mile 
Appalachian Trail in 2005.