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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 Oct 6 — Oct 11, 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, October 06 - 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: This evening will be an introduction of the leader, an overview of the routes for the week and fitting of equipment.

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, October 07 - Introduction of leaders/guides and overview of da...
Introduction of leaders/guides and overview of day; Load equipment to start the day and 25 mile bike ride

Note: After an introduction to the route, participants will be transported to Clemson University to start their 25 mile bike ride. They will continue to the SC Botanical Gardens. Cyclists will then continue their journey back to the Education Center.

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

Morning: Introduction of leaders and guides including their experience and expertise. Instruction on fitting of equipment. After instruction, participants and equipment will be loaded up and carried to Lake Hartwell State Park where the 25 mile bike ride will begin. Lake Hartwell State Park features 960 miles of shoreline surrounding 56,000 acres of some of the best boating, water-skiing and fishing in the south.

Lunch: An energizing bag lunch will be provided and enjoyed along the route.

Afternoon: Continue the 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 speciality shops, down home dining and historic buildings.

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

Evening: Lecture - Introduction to region. Overview of routes including terrain, grade, elevation, 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: 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, October 08 - Bicycle trip - From Stumphouse Tunnel to Oconne S...
Bicycle trip - From Stumphouse Tunnel to Oconne Station; evening presentation on history of the Rail Road

Note: Participants and bikes will be transported to a National Forest Ranger Station where their journey down the mountain will start. Along the way, stops will include Stumphouse Tunnel and Issaquenna Falls. The ride will continue to the German town of Walhalla. After lunch, the cyclists will continue to Station Cove Falls and Oconee Station. Participants can get on transport back to the Education Center or elect to participate in an optional ride and then be transported back.

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

Morning: After instruction on basic riding skills, you will travel by vans to Stumphouse Tunnel where you will begin our 17 mile bike trip DOWN the mountain and then on to Station Cove Falls. The history of Stumphouse Tunnel is as rich as the surrounding land and 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 during the bike tour.

Afternoon: From Station Cove Falls you will travel to 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.

Dinner: A fulfilling dinner will be provided at the Education Center's dining facility.

Evening: After learning about Stumphouse Tunnel that morning, a lecture will be presented on the history of the railroad and how it helped to change the face of the local landscape and lifestyle.

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, October 09 - In the morning, an 18 mile bike ride will be led ...
In the morning, an 18 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 18 mile bike trip will begin. A rest stop will be taken at 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.Take this time to rest and relax OR explore the local area on your own.The group will gather back at lunch in the dinning room.

Lunch: Participants will enjoy lunch and fellowship in the dining room before going out on a group ride.

Afternoon: Take this time to rest and relax OR explore the local area on your own.The group will gather back at lunch 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, October 10 - 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

Note: Cyclists and bikes will be transported to Campbell's covered bridge and ride to Poinsett Bridge. After lunch, they will continue to Pleasant Ridge County Park. Transport back to the Education Center will be provided or participants may elect to continue on the optional ride. At the end of the optional ride, cyclists and bikes will be transported back to the Education Center.

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

Morning: After instruction on biking fitness, you will ride by vans to Campbell's covered Bridge to start your 20 mile bike ride. Campbell's covered bridge was built in 1809 and is the only remaining covered bridge in South Carolina. Then bike to 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 the gardens.

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
Day Six: Friday, October 11 - Wrap up the week with a 6 mile bike ride from Tab...
Wrap up the week with a 6 mile bike ride from Table Rock State Park to Aunt Sue's Country Corner; Enjoy a relaxing lunch before departing our program.

Note: Participants and bikes will be transported to Table Rock State Park. The ride will begin there and continue to Aunt Sue's Country Corner. Transport of participants and bikes will be provided there. The day after lunch at the Education Center.

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

Morning: You will be transported to Table Rock State Park for a 6 mile bike ride. Table Rock State Park provides a towering backdrop for an upcountry retreat at the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The park has been one of South Carolina's most popular since it was built by the Civilian Conservation Corp in the 1930's. Many of its structures are now on the National Register of Historic Place. Table Rock was home to one of the state's first formal nature programs and now serves as a trailhead for the 80 mile Foothills Trail through the wilderness along the Blue Ridge Escarpment. The trip will end at Aunt Sue's Country Corner - a unique village of country speciality shops. You will then be transported back to the Education Center for lunch.

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
7 Expert-led lectures
13 Field trips
9 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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