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6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging (Variable by Program Date)
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ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
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Marsha from San Diego, CA Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 10/26/14 - 10/31/14
I thoroughly enjoyed the Hiking the Appalachian Trail program and am encouraged to do more hiking because of it. Currently, I am more of a walker than a hiker, but I am in good shape. The hiking aspect was challenging, but everyone could hike at his or her own comfort level, something I appreciated immensely as nobody had to hike with a group that they felt they would always be the last one to the rest stop. Although I had no trouble walking in low-top boots, I would have preferred my high-tops because the terrain was rocky, which was acknowledged in the information, but was not described clearly. I would say the trails we hiked were often like very uneven broken cobblestone with frequent larger and sharp rocks interspersed.

Nancy from Doylestown, PA Number of programs attended: 11
Date attended: 09/28/14 - 10/03/14
if you are looking for a challanging experience and like to scramble up rocks this is the probgram for you.

Deborah from Coaldale, CO Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/21/14 - 09/26/14
This was my first Road Scholar Program, and I am hooked. I spent an active week challenging myself, making new friends, and sneaking in some relaxing spa time too. The guided hikes covered varied terrain, always pretty rocky, but the vistas were worth the effort. Highlights for me included climbing a fire tower at the invitation of the resident spotter, taking a fascinating night hike with a naturalist, and passing through amazingly tall groves of rhododendrons. The guides were friendly and entertaining. The Shawnee Institute director bent over backwards to accommodate our group under some challenging conditions that were out of her control. It is important to be flexible and adaptable on this trip, because weather and other circumstances can make the daily schedule subject to last minute changes. Great service from the entire staff of the Shawnee Inn. The food was excellent and plentiful. (And you get a surprise cookie on your pillow at night!) I am already checking out the catalog for my next adventure.

Robert from Ashland, OR Number of programs attended: 12
Date attended: 09/21/14 - 09/26/14
I thoroughly enjoyed this hiking program based at the Shawnee Inn. The hikes were challenging but because we had three different alternate hiking choices each day, we could pick according to our level of expertise. The food on this trip was excellent!! And the people in our group were awesome! I've been on about a dozen RS programs and I think this this group got along the best of all of them, in my experience!! For you hikers who have never hike the AT before, be read y for very rocky and stony trails, which makes for some pretty slow going. That was a surprise to me, but we all manages just fine. Overall, I really enjoyed this program. Thank you!

Norm from Oak Park, MI Number of programs attended: 28
Date attended: 09/14/14 - 09/19/14
Another superb hiking program put on by Cindy Miano, master of her craft of making everything work. Terrific hiking leaders and naturalists accompanied our challenging hikes. Food and accommodations at the historic Shawnee Inn were top notch. If you are up to the challenge of hiking eleven plus miles a day over rocky and rough terrain on the Appalachian Trail, this is the trip for you.

Rhonda from Hartsdale, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/13/14 - 07/18/14
A fun and active getaway at a lovely historic hotel. I recommend this trip if you enjoy hiking and nature without staying in a rustic environment. The Shawnee Inn had just the right touch of old world elegance. Great trip.

Patricia from Madison, WI Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 06/08/14 - 06/13/14
Well organized hiking adventure. Hiking is on rocky, steep trails; sturdy hiking boots are a necessity as is a walking stick or hiking poles. Physical stamina is necessary to enjoy the hikes.

Charon from New York, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/08/14 - 06/13/14
My experience hiking the appalachian trail (delaware water gap, shawnee, PA) was the best......warts and wens are part of the program/experience ...... (my judgment) our leader/Program Director/Coordinator - whatever - is the absolute BEST .... and the naturalist/instructor/leader Rick Kovac(s) has a skill-set, compassion, warmth and ability to communicate beyond my wildest dreams. I received gifts I never even imagined for myself simply by doing this RS trip......thank you Road Scholar, Cindy, Rick, Len and all the other staff who made this happen.

Lee from Leawood, KS Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 06/08/14 - 06/13/14
Beautiful area to hike and explore. The program has great leaders and a variety of activities. The hotel pool and hot tub were perfect after hiking. The food was excellent and plentiful. We had two nights of musical entertainment on the lawn and canoeing that made the experience varied. The companionship was delightful and our group had a positive attitude and energy to lift anyone who was tired. Special thanks to Cindy for caring for e needs of each of us. And to Pat for taking us to the bus!

Cynthia from Jenison, MI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/08/14 - 06/13/14
Fun times!! New friends!! One more bucket list item checked off...but now I have the bug to hike more than the 1/100th completed last week. I think the Shenandoah might be next. I'll be sharing photos soon, including proof positive of our bear encounter. Thanks for making the adventure a memorable one my now friends! Cindy

Kim from Rochester, MN Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/08/14 - 06/13/14
Such a fun and challenging time! Was reminded that the world is a friendly place and I just made some new ones! Interesting conversations abounded,laughter,sharing of stories and kindness extended made for a life changing adventure.

Maria from Hilton, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/08/14 - 06/13/14
Great adventure, exceeded my physical expectations, wonderful trail leaders, fun "new" friends, very well organized.

Esther from Akron, OH Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/04/14 - 05/09/14
Had a great time on my second Road Scholar AT trip. The naturalist was the best. I learned a lot and made new friends.

Carol from Delray Beach, FL Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 09/08/13 - 09/13/13
What a wonderful experience. We got exercise, we learned about this environment, we enjoyed one another's company, and we came away refreshed, proud of our accomplishment, and even a bit tired. It was perfect.

Deb from Madison, WI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/16/13 - 06/21/13
This trip was a great introduction to the Road Scholar experience. Beautiful area, charming inn, and experienced leaders made the trip a delight. This truly is a great value as well. The flexible hiking options each day made it easy to find a hike that worked for everyone. I did take my pre-trip training seriously and that made the difference in my overall enjoyment of the experience. Loved my time on the AT!

Stephanie from Winter Garden, FL Number of programs attended: 20
Date attended: 05/05/13 - 05/10/13
This was an excellent program. It is well organized with a wonderful, clearly enumerated, selection of daily hikes to choose from. Each offering was specific to level of difficulty, and accurately described. The lodging was lovely, the bed was WONDERFUL, and the setting spectacular. I can't wait to go back!

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