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LAKE JUNALUSKA, NORTH CAROLINA

Great Smoky Mountains National Park: An American Treasure

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Program #20552RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Purchase Knob is above 5,000 feet.

Equipment Requirements
Comfortable hiking boots and layered clothing.

Itinerary for May 5 — May 10, 2013

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Type: Conference Center

Contact info:
689 N Lakeshore Drive
Lake Junaluska, NC 28745 USA
phone: 828-452-2881 x490
web: www.lakejunaluska.com

Room amenities: In room coffee, iron and board; hair dryer upon request

Facility amenities: Hotel Lobby has coffee 24 hours/day; outdoor pool in season; fitness center nearby; internet access

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: 1-800-222-4930
Participants must contact hotel in advance to confirm rates and availability. 1-800-222-4930

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, May 05 - Registration and Orientation
Afternoon: Registration in the hotel lobby. History of Lake Junaluska at 4:30 pm.

Dinner: Dinner served in the hotel dining room, buffet style, with a variety of food choices. Enjoy panoramic views of the mountains of western North Carolina.

Evening: Orientation and reception. Meet your host-coordinator and expert hiking guide. Get an idea of what is in store for you in the week ahead.

Lodging: The Terrace Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Contact info:
689 N Lakeshore Drive
Lake Junaluska, NC 28745 USA
phone: 828-452-2881 x490
web: www.lakejunaluska.com

Room amenities: In room coffee, iron and board; hair dryer upon request

Facility amenities: Hotel Lobby has coffee 24 hours/day; outdoor pool in season; fitness center nearby; internet access

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: 1-800-222-4930
Participants must contact hotel in advance to confirm rates and availability. 1-800-222-4930

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, May 06 - Field Trip to Oconoluftee Village on the Cherokee...
Field Trip to Oconoluftee Village on the Cherokee Reservation, Great Smoky Mountains Visitor Center, Cherokee Museum.

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room, served buffet style. A variety of offerings to fuel your day.

Morning: Visit Oconluftee Village, tour the Cherokee Museum and the Great Smoky Mountains Visitor Center. Learn about human history in the area.

Lunch: Take a short hike to Collins Creek Picnic Area in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Enjoy a box lunch picnic.

Afternoon: Visit the old Farmstead and Mingus Mill as you walk back to the Village.

Dinner: Dinner served in the hotel dining room, buffet style. Enjoy sweeping views and a wide selection of foods.

Evening: Meet Greg Kidd from the Great Smoky National Park and learn about development of the national park itself. This will augment and expand on what was learned at the visitor center earlier that day. Greg will show a beautiful slideshow presentation.

Lodging: The Terrace Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Contact info:
689 N Lakeshore Drive
Lake Junaluska, NC 28745 USA
phone: 828-452-2881 x490
web: www.lakejunaluska.com

Room amenities: In room coffee, iron and board; hair dryer upon request

Facility amenities: Hotel Lobby has coffee 24 hours/day; outdoor pool in season; fitness center nearby; internet access

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: 1-800-222-4930
Participants must contact hotel in advance to confirm rates and availability. 1-800-222-4930

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, May 07 - Hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, ...
Hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, learn natural and human history, variety of flowers, plants, trees, streams, wildlife.

Breakfast: Start your day with a hearty meal and beautiful views of Lake Junaluska as it reflects the day's beginning.

Morning: Spend the day hiking the Kephart Prong Trail. This is a moderate hike of 4 miles round trip along a branch of the Oconoluftee River, past a former CCC camp, fish hatchery and overnight shelter staging area for lumber woods and remains of a logging railroad.

Lunch: Enjoy a box lunch picnic at the shelter.

Afternoon: Complete the Kephart trail hike as your expert hiking guide continues to point out a variety of flowers, edible plants and wildlife. Also hear stories of Mountain Lore and human history.

Dinner: Enjoy a leisurely meal in the hotel dining room, serve buffet style.

Evening: Relax with an evening of entertainment.

Lodging: The Terrace Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Contact info:
689 N Lakeshore Drive
Lake Junaluska, NC 28745 USA
phone: 828-452-2881 x490
web: www.lakejunaluska.com

Room amenities: In room coffee, iron and board; hair dryer upon request

Facility amenities: Hotel Lobby has coffee 24 hours/day; outdoor pool in season; fitness center nearby; internet access

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: 1-800-222-4930
Participants must contact hotel in advance to confirm rates and availability. 1-800-222-4930

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, May 08 - Moderate 5-6 mile high to Deep Creek, visit 3 wat...
Moderate 5-6 mile high to Deep Creek, visit 3 waterfalls, and walk through varied woodlands while viewing Deep Creek.

Breakfast: Enjoy a hearty breakfast in the hotel dining room, serve buffet style.

Morning: Field trip to hike to Newfound Gap and on to Clingman's Dome. Your hiking guide will share with you the natural history of the geology of this region as hike this moderate trail.

Lunch: Enjoy a box lunch picnic on the trail.

Afternoon: While at Clingman's Dome, visit the observation tower at the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Another excellent photo opportunity! See where FDR dedicated the park. Learn about the natural history and science from your hiking guide as you return from your hike.

Dinner: Enjoy an evening banquet in the dining room at the hotel. This is a special time to celebrate your shared experiences so far this week.

Evening: Evening class with an Education Coordinator from the Appalachian Highlands Research Learning Center. Orientation on the on-going research that records the effects of pollution on various plants and animals. This hour-long class is in preparation for the visit to the Research Center tomorrow.

Lodging: The Terrace Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Contact info:
689 N Lakeshore Drive
Lake Junaluska, NC 28745 USA
phone: 828-452-2881 x490
web: www.lakejunaluska.com

Room amenities: In room coffee, iron and board; hair dryer upon request

Facility amenities: Hotel Lobby has coffee 24 hours/day; outdoor pool in season; fitness center nearby; internet access

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: 1-800-222-4930
Participants must contact hotel in advance to confirm rates and availability. 1-800-222-4930

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, May 09 - Day at Purchase Knob, Appalachian Highlands Scien...
Day at Purchase Knob, Appalachian Highlands Science Learning Center. Afternoon and evening at Cataloochee Valley to observe elk and continue collecting data for the Research Station.

Breakfast: Start the day with a nourishing breakfast, served buffet style in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Depart for Purchase Knob, one the scientific research stations in the National Park System. Participate in collecting data for on-going research that records the effects of air pollution in the Great Smoky Mountains on plants and animals.

Lunch: Return to the hotel for a buffet-style lunch.

Afternoon: Late afternoon, depart for Cataloochee Valley. Continue with research walking down to move through trees and over rocks near a stream and recording the salamander population. Hike up hill back to the research station's lab to continue recording data on the animals that show the effects of pollution.

Dinner: Continue your explorations with a Park Ranger as you explore some of the remaining buildings from the early part of the 20th century before the area became part of the National Park. Learn about the elk, which have been reintroduced to the Park at Cataloochee. Enjoy a box dinner in the valley.

Evening: View and photograph the elk herd as they emerge into the valley at dusk to graze.

Lodging: The Terrace Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, May 10 - Morning wrap-up following breakfast. Lunch, then...
Breakfast: Breakfast served buffet style with a variety of choices in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Morning session of questions and answers to wrap up the week.

Lunch: Enjoy a leisurely lunch in the hotel dining room before departing for home ... or the next destination!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Lake Junaluska, North Carolina
Lake Junaluska and surrounding areasOn the grounds: Golf (adjacent to Lake Junaluska); Tennis, Shuffleboard, walk around the lake (featuring the Rose Walk, Foot Bridge, Asbury Trail;swimming; paddle boats and canoeing (in season); Corneille Bryan Native Garden; The United Methodist Heritage Center; Lake Junaluska Bookstore and Gift Shop; Junaluska Library; World Methodist Museum; Susanna Wesley Gardens. Nearby places of interest: Downtown Waynesville with many unique shops; Asheville; Biltmore Estate in Asheville; Blue Ridge Parkway; Cherokee Indian Reservation; Dillsboro, Maggie Valley, Smoky Mountain National Park.
For additional information, visit: www.lakejunaluska.com
Lake Junaluska, NC
Lake JunaluskaOn the grounds: Golf (adjacent to Lake Junaluska); Tennis, Shuffleboard, walking trail around the lake, swimming and boating available in season, Corneille Bryan Native Garden, The United Methodist Heritage Center; Lake Junaluska Bookstore and Gift Shop, World Methodist Museum, Nearby places of interest: Downtown Waynesville, Asheville, Biltmore Estate, Cherokee Indian Reservation, Dillsboro, Maggie Valley, Smoky Mountains National Park

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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Included
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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
9 Expert-led lectures
5 Field trips
4 Hands-on experiences

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4.5
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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