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6 Days | 5 Nights
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. 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.
Helen from Wake Forest, NC Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/11/15 - 10/16/15
A great week with expert naturalists who were also fun and flexible. Our lively and friendly group of hikers was also blessed with wonderful weather in a beautiful area of the Southeast. Highly recommend this trip for other Road Scholars who like hiking in the great outdoors!

Laura from Monona, WI Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/11/15 - 10/16/15
We had fun hiking in four different, beautiful locations that boasted colorful leaves and amazingly fresh air. The other hikers were interesting folks, and the leaders, Liz and Doris, did a great job pointing out unusual trees, lichen, fungi, and even salamanders.

Bruce from Prospect, KY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/11/15 - 10/16/15
This was an excellent trip! Doris and Liz were knowledgeable, and great leaders along he trails. There were hikes through the woods, past waterfalls, to the top of some "mountains" to see views and the leaders continued to explain interesting plants and foliage as we hiked. We were also able to talk with through and segment hikers on the trail. Our group was divided so that those who wanted could sometimes hike longer or shorter distances. An unexpected - and moving - part of the week was the visit to the Cherokee Village in Hayesville and the lecture and music at night.

Susan from Greeley, CO Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/11/15 - 10/16/15
Definitely agree with Regina and Beth. It was my first program and I loved it! Great leaders, wonderful companions. the prettiest hikes...a very special 5 days. Thanks to everyone.

Regina from Walker, LA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 10/11/15 - 10/16/15
Doris & Liz are experts in their knowledge about the plants & animals of the Southern Appalachians. The hikes were challenging, beautiful with brilliant fall colors, flowing creeks & waterfalls, and sunshine everyday. The Hinton Center is comfortable, pretty, & with good food served. For anyone who enjoys expert-lead day hiking in the mountains, this program is it!

Beth from Prospect, KY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/11/15 - 10/16/15
We had a wonderful adventure with this program! Doris and Liz couldn't have been more accommodating, informative, and fun. The hikes were challenging as advertised. The views were magnificent and worth the climb. I highly recommend this program

Martha from Elgin, TX Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/13/15 - 09/18/15
This trip was so much fun! Jack and Liz lead us on some beautiful hikes, and their deep knowledge of the flora and fauna added so much to each day's experience. The accommodations are quite comfortable, the food was tasty, and our fellow hikers were a fun bunch to spend the week with.

Joanne from Springfield, WV Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 09/13/15 - 09/18/15
We thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this week of challenging and rewarding hiking. The accommodations and food was excellent and the group was congenial. Jack and Liz were especially knowledgeable and helpful. Jack even cooked up some of the wild mushrooms we gathered on a hike for us to sample. We certainly recommend this program.

Molly from Jacksonville Bch, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/13/15 - 09/18/15
Jack and Liz are great guides. The hikes were great, the lodging was clean and the food was satisfying. I would recommend this trip.

Thomas from Lawrenceville, GA Number of programs attended: 13
Date attended: 06/21/15 - 06/26/15
This was an excellent program. The focus was on serious hiking but we also had alternate activities – visiting the green market, ice cream outings, Cherokee culture, night time star gazing and local music. Our group consisted of 7 participants with varying skill levels. Our leader accommodated the different skill levels and let us select our hike routes from among a choice of about ten. The program is sited in a Methodist church camp which is well maintained. We had a lodge dedicated to just Road Scholar and the rooms were large. The meals were summer camp quality and we had “front of the line” privileges. Three of our 5 hikes (typically 5-7 miles daily) were on the App. Trail so be prepared with hiking poles, sturdy shoes, bug spray and a quart water bottle. I have been trying to check “App Trail” off my bucket list since 2003 and this was a good program to get that accomplished.

William from Langhorne, PA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 10/12/14 - 10/17/14
Hiking along the Appalachian Trail in the footsteps of so many who went before me was soul inspiring. Our leaders were very knowledgeable and identified plants, trees, mushrooms, lichens, and salamanders which gave me a better appreciation of the wonderful world we live in.

Patricia from Winston Salem, NC Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 07/13/14 - 07/18/14
The area is beautiful and the hiking was fantastic. Jack is very knowledgeable and adjusted the hikes to meet the needs and wants of the group. All the participants were great - one of the best groups I have been with in my travels with Road Scholar.

Linda from Bath, MI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/13/14 - 07/18/14
Our first program has us itching for more (no, we didn't get poison ivy)! Jack and Marantha, our leaders and immediate friendly compatriots, are amazing. Their knowledge sharing and willingness to be the first to taste edible(!) wild things enhanced our experience and increased our confidence (they survived that and us). We loved everything about Hinton and our fellow-hikers were very likeable, supportive, and willing to take-on the challenges of the AT and more. We will definitely do another Road Scholar trip.

Mary from Columbia, TN Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/22/14 - 06/27/14
As a first timer, I didn't know what to expect, but this program greatly exceeded all of my expectations. The leaders/instructors were very warm, welcoming, knowledgeable people. They could not have been any better. The hikes were great, and I learned a lot about the flora and fauna of the region.

Ralph from Huntsville, AL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/22/14 - 06/27/14
This was my first Road Scholar program. Jack and Liz were the highlight of the program with their vast knowledge of God's great outdoors! The activity level of the hikes chosen fit our group's abilities perfectly. As expected, the people involved in supporting this program had the participant's best interests in mind. Thanks Road Scholar and I'm already looking forward to my next program!

Kimberley from Charleston, SC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/22/14 - 06/27/14
Awesome experience! Liz and Jack are masters in their areas of expertise. I learned so much and left with a wonderful appreciation of the environment and the ability of these two instructors to instruct and have a love of people and the outdoor setting. Kim

Susan from Woodacre, CA Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 06/22/14 - 06/27/14
Jack and Liz are excellent guides who gave us a great trip. They are casually comfortable, highly organized, fun, flexible, well informed, excellent and patient teachers who led well paced hikes in beautiful areas.

Mary from Lockport, IL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/22/14 - 06/27/14
This hiking trip was moderately challenging and had very interesting and knowledgeable leaders. I was solo for the first time and they made that experience very comfortable.

Beverly from Mound, MN Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/27/14 - 05/02/14
We just returned from our first hiking trip & have Road Scholar to thank for the very positive experience. Our hike along the southern Appalachian Trail was fabulous for learning about fauna & flora; our guides were very knowledgeable, fun & interesting; the program was very well organized; the accommodations & meals were great; and the participants were amiable & lots of fun!

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