Road Scholar educational adventures are created by Elderhostel, Inc., the not-for-profit world leader in lifelong learning since 1975.


Call (800) 454-5768

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET


Create an account                             Forgot your password?

or Log In via Facebook

Log in to see all you can do with your online Road Scholar account.

HIAWASSEE, GEORGIA

Great Smoky Mountain Adventure: Appalachian History, Culture, Music and Railways

Select a Date

 

SIGN UP

and receive your

FREE E-NEWSLETTER

&

E-Photo Book:



Top 10 Learning Experiences Around the World

Find A Program

Search By:

Location

GA

Interest

History & Culture

Price Range

$700 - $1000

Start Date

End Date

More Options


Road Scholar
Program #1381RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
Road Scholar has thousands of educational adventures to choose from. A good way to narrow down our list is to browse our collection of "Most Popular" programs.
See all of our Most Popular 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
Approximately 2000 feet elevation will be experienced.

Equipment Requirements
Any good hiking shoe or good tennis shoe with good soles will be just fine.

Itinerary for Sep 29 — Oct 4, 2013

Expand all
Type: Resort

Description: The Ridges Resort & Marina encompasses a tranquil lakeside escape in Hiawassee, GA. The Ridges is a world apart from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, featuring beautiful accommodations, a relaxed atmosphere, friendly service and memorable cuisine. Just two hours from Atlanta, this lakeside oasis is filled with recreational activities from boating to championship golf.

Contact info:
3495 Highway 76 West
Hiawassee, GA 30456 USA
phone: 888-834-4409
web: www.theridgesresort.com

Room amenities: Coffee Service, Mini Refrigerators, Wireless Internet Access, 55 Channels Including HBO, Full Sized Desks

Facility amenities: Decadent Dining, Swimming Pools, Fitness Center, Tennis, Lake Access, Marina & Water Sports

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for seasonal rate.
Participants are responsible for making own reservations for any additional nights.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, September 29 - Registration and Check-In/Cherokee Tribe
Afternoon: Lobby of resort. Orientation held in conference room at 5:30 PM.

Dinner: Dinner at resort.

Evening: Lecture in preparation for next days field trip.

Lodging: The Ridges Resort & Marina

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: The Ridges Resort & Marina encompasses a tranquil lakeside escape in Hiawassee, GA. The Ridges is a world apart from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, featuring beautiful accommodations, a relaxed atmosphere, friendly service and memorable cuisine. Just two hours from Atlanta, this lakeside oasis is filled with recreational activities from boating to championship golf.

Contact info:
3495 Highway 76 West
Hiawassee, GA 30456 USA
phone: 888-834-4409
web: www.theridgesresort.com

Room amenities: Coffee Service, Mini Refrigerators, Wireless Internet Access, 55 Channels Including HBO, Full Sized Desks

Facility amenities: Decadent Dining, Swimming Pools, Fitness Center, Tennis, Lake Access, Marina & Water Sports

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for seasonal rate.
Participants are responsible for making own reservations for any additional nights.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 30 - Cherokee County Historical Museum/Appalachian Tra...
Cherokee County Historical Museum/Appalachian Trail Hike/European Settlers

Breakfast: Breakfast begins at 8:00 AM and is held in the Meeting Room of resort.

Morning: Participants will visit the Cherokee Museum. This is a delightful museum in Murphy, NC. What is even better is the knowledgeable and entertaining guide that will enlighten you as to the history of the area and then will show you all the museum artifacts...a real show. Everyone loves this museum and loves the guide that goes with it.

Lunch: Lunch will be at restaurant located on Lake Chatuge.

Afternoon: Hike a portion of the Appalachian Trail. Approximately 3 hours. If a person is unable to go the distance, they may go a portion of the trail and go back to bus or to the picnic area and wait on the group to return. We have had people to do this before, who wanted to see what the trail looked like. A naturalist will guide the trip and explain the flora and fauna and medicinal uses of the plants.

Dinner: Dinner is held at 6:00 PM and is at the resort.

Evening: Lecture - The European Settlers

Lodging: The Ridges Resort & Marina

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: The Ridges Resort & Marina encompasses a tranquil lakeside escape in Hiawassee, GA. The Ridges is a world apart from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, featuring beautiful accommodations, a relaxed atmosphere, friendly service and memorable cuisine. Just two hours from Atlanta, this lakeside oasis is filled with recreational activities from boating to championship golf.

Contact info:
3495 Highway 76 West
Hiawassee, GA 30456 USA
phone: 888-834-4409
web: www.theridgesresort.com

Room amenities: Coffee Service, Mini Refrigerators, Wireless Internet Access, 55 Channels Including HBO, Full Sized Desks

Facility amenities: Decadent Dining, Swimming Pools, Fitness Center, Tennis, Lake Access, Marina & Water Sports

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for seasonal rate.
Participants are responsible for making own reservations for any additional nights.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, October 01 - Cherokee & Great Smoky National Park trip/Cheroke...
Cherokee & Great Smoky National Park trip/Cherokee Indians Exit From Georgia/Museum

Breakfast: Breakfast is at 8:00 AM at resort.

Morning: Cherokee & Great Smoky National Park trip. This is an all day trip to Cherokee, NC to study the Cherokee Indians and their exit from Georgia on the Trail of Tears. Visit a museum and village plus more. Your excellent instructor will be along and will talk to you about this on your motor coach ride to Cherokee.

Lunch: Picnic lunch.

Afternoon: Cherokee & Great Smoky National Park trip. You will return to the hotel by 5:00 pm. This is a fun-filled day.

Dinner: Dinner is held at 6:00 PM at the resort.

Evening: Free evening to enjoy on your own.

Lodging: The Ridges Resort & Marina

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: The Ridges Resort & Marina encompasses a tranquil lakeside escape in Hiawassee, GA. The Ridges is a world apart from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, featuring beautiful accommodations, a relaxed atmosphere, friendly service and memorable cuisine. Just two hours from Atlanta, this lakeside oasis is filled with recreational activities from boating to championship golf.

Contact info:
3495 Highway 76 West
Hiawassee, GA 30456 USA
phone: 888-834-4409
web: www.theridgesresort.com

Room amenities: Coffee Service, Mini Refrigerators, Wireless Internet Access, 55 Channels Including HBO, Full Sized Desks

Facility amenities: Decadent Dining, Swimming Pools, Fitness Center, Tennis, Lake Access, Marina & Water Sports

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for seasonal rate.
Participants are responsible for making own reservations for any additional nights.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, October 02 - John C. Campbell Folk School/Appalachian Railway
Breakfast: Breakfast is held at 8:00 AM at the resort.

Morning: John C. Campbell Folk School provides experiences in non-competitive learning and community life that are joyful and enlivening. Located in scenic Brasstown, North Carolina, the Folk School offers year-round week long and weekend classes for adults in craft, art, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography and writing. Our group will be greeted by an on-site instructor who will be our guide.

Lunch: Lunch is held at 12:30 PM at the resort.

Afternoon: Participants have the afternoon off to rest, fish, meander through the rhododendron garden located 1/4 mile from the resort, which is right next door to your hotel or visit the local historic area.

Dinner: Dinner is held at 6:00 PM in the Meeting Room of the Lodge.

Evening: Lecture - Railroads in the Appalachians.

Lodging: The Ridges Resort & Marina

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: The Ridges Resort & Marina encompasses a tranquil lakeside escape in Hiawassee, GA. The Ridges is a world apart from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, featuring beautiful accommodations, a relaxed atmosphere, friendly service and memorable cuisine. Just two hours from Atlanta, this lakeside oasis is filled with recreational activities from boating to championship golf.

Contact info:
3495 Highway 76 West
Hiawassee, GA 30456 USA
phone: 888-834-4409
web: www.theridgesresort.com

Room amenities: Coffee Service, Mini Refrigerators, Wireless Internet Access, 55 Channels Including HBO, Full Sized Desks

Facility amenities: Decadent Dining, Swimming Pools, Fitness Center, Tennis, Lake Access, Marina & Water Sports

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for seasonal rate.
Participants are responsible for making own reservations for any additional nights.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, October 03 - Train trip: The Great Smoky Mountains Railway/App...
Breakfast: Breakfast is held at 7:15 AM at the resort.

Morning: Travel to the Fontana Lake Trestle spanning 780 feet and standing 100 feet above the water. View the magnificent sunset on the lake. Train trip through the Great Smoky Mountains. Lunch is on the train.You will see beautiful mountains, trees, and flora and fauna. The Great Smoky Mountain Railway takes you over the Fontana Lake by way of the historic Fontana Trestle. It is a sight to see! This is an experience you don't won't to miss.

Lunch: Box Lunch.

Afternoon: Continuation of Train trip.

Dinner: Dinner is held at 6:00 PM at the resort.

Evening: Entertainment is absolutely wonderful! Your coordinator is your entertainment as well. He has made several CD's of Appalachian music and was invited to perform at New York's Carnegie Hall.

Lodging: The Ridges Resort & Marina

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, October 04 - Appalachian Folk History/Farewells and Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast is held at 8:00 AM at the resort.

Morning: A presentation on Appalachian Folk History will be given by your instructor.

Lunch: Farewells and Departure between 10:30 - 11:00 AM.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
4 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

Ratings

4.6
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

Back to Back Adventures

Choose a nearby learning adventure to add before or after this program:

Support Lifelong Learning

Our educational adventures are made possible by donors like you

Please support lifelong learning here

Free Catalog | Refer a Friend | Gift Certificates | Press | Site Map | Privacy Policy | Careers | Contact Us

© Elderhostel, Inc. 2014
11 Avenue de Lafayette | Boston MA 02111 | Toll-Free 1-800-454-5768