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Program #18022RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: 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.

Itinerary for Apr 28 — May 3, 2013

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Type: Conference Center

Description: The facility overlooks Table Rock Mountain and the forest at Table Rock State Park.

Contact info:
698 Concord Church Road
Pickens, SC 29671 USA
phone: 864-878-1103
Room amenities: Towels, soap and shampoo. Phone,television, microwave and refrigerator are located in common lounge. Coffee, soft drinks, water and snacks are provided in that area too.

Facility amenities: Lounge open 24 hours a day. There is access to the fitness center and a technology center.

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

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day One: Sunday, April 28 - Welcome/Introductions and overview of routes and ...
Note: Lecture and fitting of equipment

Arrive To: Registration will be conducted at the Youth Learning Institute Education Center beginning at 3:30 p.m and ending at 4:30 p.m. Orientation will be conducted at 5:00 p.m.

Dinner: Dinner will be served at the Learning Center's dining facility at 6:00 p.m. A good old southern meal will provide an introduction to southern cuisine.

Evening: Lecture - This evening will be an introduction of the leader, an overview of the routes for the week. Overview of routes will include terrain, grade, typography, miles per hour, total road distance, sites along the way, sag support and handling of emergencies.

Lodging: The Youth Learning Institute Education Center

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: The facility overlooks Table Rock Mountain and the forest at Table Rock State Park.

Contact info:
698 Concord Church Road
Pickens, SC 29671 USA
phone: 864-878-1103
Room amenities: Towels, soap and shampoo. Phone,television, microwave and refrigerator are located in common lounge. Coffee, soft drinks, water and snacks are provided in that area too.

Facility amenities: Lounge open 24 hours a day. There is access to the fitness center and a technology center.

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

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Two: Monday, April 29 - Introduction of leaders/guides and lecture on bas...
Introduction of leaders/guides and lecture on basic bicycling knowledge; overview of day; and ride options up to a 30 mile bike ride.

Note: After an introduction to the route, participants will begin a 30 mile ride that will begin and end at the Education Center. Participants will have optional distances if they do not want to complete the entire 30 miles.

Breakfast: A delicious hot breakfast will be served in the Education Center's dining facility.

Morning: Fitting of equipment and instruction on equipment, basic bicycle knowledge, cycling techniques and skills, gear, and bicycle safety will be covered in the morning session.

Lunch: Lunch will be served at the Education Center's dining facility.

Afternoon: After Lunch participants will leave the Education Center on a ride into the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The area was once home to local mills and mountain communities that make up the charm of the upstate region.

Dinner: A fantastic meal awaits you at the Youth Learning Institute Education Center's dining facility.

Evening: Lecture - Introduction to region.

Lodging: The Youth Learning Institute Education Center

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

Description: The facility overlooks Table Rock Mountain and the forest at Table Rock State Park.

Contact info:
698 Concord Church Road
Pickens, SC 29671 USA
phone: 864-878-1103
Room amenities: Towels, soap and shampoo. Phone,television, microwave and refrigerator are located in common lounge. Coffee, soft drinks, water and snacks are provided in that area too.

Facility amenities: Lounge open 24 hours a day. There is access to the fitness center and a technology center.

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

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, April 30 - Ride in bus to Campbell's Covered bridge to start...
Ride in bus to Campbell's Covered bridge to start bike ride. Ride will end at Pleasant Ridge County Park. Participants will be transported back to Education Center. Options include up to a 35 mile ride.

Note: Cyclists and bikes will be transported to Campbell's Covered Bridge for Lunch. After lunch, they will ride to Pleasant Ridge County Park. Transportation back to the Education Center will be provided.

Breakfast: A hot southern breakfast will be served at the Education Center's dining facility.

Morning: After instruction on biking fitness, you will ride by vans to Campbell's Covered Bridge for Lunch. This will be the starting point of your up to 35 mile bike ride. Campbell's covered bridge was built in 1809 and is the only remaining covered bridge in South Carolina. The route will also pass by Poinsett Bridge, which was built in 1820. It is the oldest stone bridge in South Carolina.

Lunch: A delectable bag lunch will be enjoyed while visiting Campbell’s Covered Bridge.

Afternoon: The bike ride will end at Pleasant Ridge County Park. This 240 acre park is the Recreation District's jewel in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It was developed in the 1940's to promote tourism in the upstate. The park was originally establish for the African American community while neighboring Paris Mountain State Park was built for the white community. During the 1960's both parks became integrated and in 1985 the state decided that other parks were capturing the most of the tourism traffic and offered Pleasant Ridge to the Greenville County Recreation District. The park has since been a favorite get-away for local residents. The park features rental cabins, picnic shelter, a campground and a four acre fishing lake. It also features small waterfalls, an old moonshine still site and the remains of a gristmill.

Dinner: A southern dinner will be served at the Education Center's dining facility.

Evening: Presentation by representative from SC Department of Natural Resources who is a conservation educator, recreation specialist and field editor for the South Carolina Wildlife magazine. He is also editor of the Jocasse Journal.

Lodging: The Youth Learning Institute Education Center

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

Description: The facility overlooks Table Rock Mountain and the forest at Table Rock State Park.

Contact info:
698 Concord Church Road
Pickens, SC 29671 USA
phone: 864-878-1103
Room amenities: Towels, soap and shampoo. Phone,television, microwave and refrigerator are located in common lounge. Coffee, soft drinks, water and snacks are provided in that area too.

Facility amenities: Lounge open 24 hours a day. There is access to the fitness center and a technology center.

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

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, May 01 - In the morning, a 30 mile bike ride will be led b...
In the morning, a 30 mile bike ride will be led by the guide. The afternoon will be filled with rest and relaxation. Cookout at Hagood Grist Mill. Local musicians in the music studio at the Education Center.

Note: Cyclist and bikes will be transported to a National Park where Upper White Water Falls are located. They will cycle to Keowee Toxaway State Park. Transport back to the Education Center will be available. Others wish may elect to participate in the optional bike ride back to the Education Center.

Breakfast: The day will start with a hot breakfast served at the Education Center's dining facility.

Morning: A bus and bike trailer will be provided to take you to the National Park where Upper White Water Falls are located. The 20 mile bike trip will begin. Cyclist will cross over Lake Keowee - 18,500 acres of water and 300 miles of shoreline make this area a popular place for boating, fishing, water skiing, camping and picnicking. The trip will end at Keowee Toxaway State Park.

Lunch: Participants will enjoy lunch and fellowship at Keowee Toxaway State Park prior to being transported back to the Education Center.

Afternoon: Take this time to rest and relax OR explore the local area on your own.The group will gather back at dinner in the dinning room.

Dinner: A cookout will be held at Hagood Mill.

Evening: Entertainment will be provided by a local musician who plays a wide variety of instruments and has a charming way to make you smile.

Lodging: The Youth Learning Institute Education Center

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

Description: The facility overlooks Table Rock Mountain and the forest at Table Rock State Park.

Contact info:
698 Concord Church Road
Pickens, SC 29671 USA
phone: 864-878-1103
Room amenities: Towels, soap and shampoo. Phone,television, microwave and refrigerator are located in common lounge. Coffee, soft drinks, water and snacks are provided in that area too.

Facility amenities: Lounge open 24 hours a day. There is access to the fitness center and a technology center.

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

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Five: Thursday, May 02 - Bicycle ride from Walhalla to Oconee Station Stat...
Note: Participants and bikes will be transported to the German town of Walhalla. After lunch, the cyclists will have ride options of up to 30 miles, ending at Station Cove Falls and Oconee Station State Historic Site, one of the only remaining military posts from the 1790’s. Participants can get on transport back to the Education Center.

Breakfast: A "Rise and Shine" Breakfast awaits you at the Education Center's dining facility.

Morning: After breakfast you will travel by vans to Stumphouse Tunnel where you will have time to enjoy the rich history of Stumphouse Tunnel and Issaquenna Falls. The surrounding land carries with it stories of dreams, failure, hardships and opportunities. The dream was to develop a rail line from Charleston, SC to Cincinnati, Ohio. The Blue Ridge Rail Line was completed from Charleston to Pendleton by the 1850's but the granite on Stumphouse Mountain presented a major challenge. The tunnel was never completed and the project was abandoned when the nation was divided during the Civil War.

Lunch: A scrumptious bag lunch will be provided at Sertoma Field in Walhalla during the bike tour.

Afternoon: From Sertoma Field you will have optional rides up to 30 miles and end the cycling day at Oconee Station (circa 1792). This was one in a series of blockhouses along the South Carolina frontier and was garrisoned with troops until 1799. The adjacent Richards House was the site of a prosperous Indian trading post until 1809. Along the way cyclists will journey to Westimester, SC - a historic district and site of the South Carolina Apple Festival. A highlight is England's General Merchandise Museum which houses more than 2,000 items including antique toys, glassware, crockery, medical equipment, photographs and document. The journey will continue to Walhalla, SC which was founded in 1850 by a German colonization society and is now home to Oktoberfest. Main street features a row of antique and specialty shops, down home dining and historic buildings.

Dinner: A southern dinner will be served at the Education Center's dining facility.

Evening: A visit to Pickens County Museum. Pickens County was a native Cherokee territory until the American Revolution. The Cherokee sided with the British, suffered defeat and surrendered their South Carolina lands.

Lodging: The Youth Learning Institute Education Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, May 03 - Wrap up the week with a 20 mile bike ride from Ne...
Wrap up the week with a 20 mile bike ride from Nettles Park to the Education Center; Enjoy a relaxing lunch before departing our program.

Note: Participants and bikes will be transported to the SC Botanical Gardens. The ride will begin at Nettles Park and continue to the Education Center. Lunch will be at the Education Center.

Breakfast: An outstanding breakfast will be served at the Education Center's dining facility.

Morning: Participants will be transported to the SC Botanical Gardens at Clemson University and given time to enjoy the beauty of the gardens before they start their 25 mile bike ride back to the Education Center.

Lunch: Lunch will be served at the Education Center's dining facility prior to the closing ceremony.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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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15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
14 Field trips
9 Hands-on experiences
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