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The Beauty of Cumberland Falls and the Traditions, Legends & Music of Appalachia

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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.
Julia from Terre Haute, IN Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 11/08/15 - 11/13/15
Great value, beautiful area, wonderful presenters. Nice job dealing with 52 people in the group. It never seemed like a large group. I learned so much about Appalachia and loved the local musicians,writers, performers, wildlife rescue, storyteller. One caution. Activity level of moderate is true until you take one of the hikes..then it becomes active to moderately challenging. Wonderful hikes but not moderate in required ability.Take a good walking stick.

Seleta from Americus, GA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 11/08/15 - 11/13/15
Excellent program!! So informative!!

Phylis from Dandridge, TN Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/08/15 - 11/13/15
This program was outstanding! Everything about it was above and beyond expectations. Beautiful lodge and surroundings, great food, plus outstanding speakers, performances, hikes and outings. I met many wonderful people also enrolled in this program. Very, very well done!!!

Morris from Madison, WI Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 11/08/15 - 11/13/15
Planned and conducted well. A fine combination of activities, from hiking to formal presentations. This was an excellent way to learn about the culture, history and geography of this section of Kentucky. I will be talking up this program to friends for a long time. Great food and facilities. A fine experience!

Joan from Alexandria, PA Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 11/08/15 - 11/13/15
Absolutely loved this program,all speakers were exceptional and leader was outstanding.

Denna from Manassas, VA Number of programs attended: 14
Date attended: 09/21/14 - 09/26/14
This program was a rare combination of an excellent educational experience and a great value for the money. There was a wide range of presenters from pure lecture, to performance and demonstrations, to participation and each one added to an overall understanding of Appalachian culture. Lodging and food was excellent, the setting was lovely and serene, and the leaders were a pleasure to deal with. We were extremely pleased.

Rosemary from Kalamazoo, MI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/21/14 - 09/26/14
This was our first trip with Road Scholar. We loved our trip to Kentucky, Great value, Nice accomadations. We have 2 more trips planned and I am hoping we like them as much as we do this trip.

Betsy from Lawrenceville, GA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 04/13/14 - 04/18/14
Norman and Betsy from Lawrenceville, Georgia: We thoroughly enjoyed this program! It was very well organized. All of the events/meetings/lectures were interesting and educational. We highly recommend this program! Of course, we met some great folks too!

Patricia from Yuma, AZ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/13/14 - 04/18/14
This was my first Road Scholar program and what an introduction to Road Scholars it was! The presenters, the facilitators, the location, the other participants were outstanding. For me the exposure to Appalachian music and musicians as well as culture were the highlights.

Mary from Decatur, GA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/13/14 - 04/18/14
This was my first Road Scholar trip, and I can't help thinking it is the Gold Standard. The trip leaders, Forest Rangers Bret and Steve, were knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and caring leaders. Their enthusiasm for the Cumberland Falls area was catching! The speakers were excellent, the field trips fun and appropriately challenging, and the entertainment was a pleasant surprise. No one could come away from this program without a greater understanding of Appalachian history and culture. It was a great introduction for me to Road Scholars.

Jennifer from Chesterfield, VA Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 04/13/14 - 04/18/14
It was fantastic! The lodge and scenery were beautiful. The program leaders were friendly, professional, helpful, organized and knowledgeable. One could choose from an assortment of nature hikes of various lengths/terrain/features. We took field trips to Cumberland Falls (Moonbow), a National Park with "ghost" coal mining camp, then trip to restored coal mining camp and historic mine one could go into...scenic overlooks and arches. There was a wide variety of speakers and entertainment, including mountain storyteller; demonstrations of area crafts; Appalachian music performances; one-man "play" about famous local person; live raptor show by high school students. We learned about reclamation of surface-mined areas and planting a new variety of chestnut tree; area geology, geography, flora and history (Kentucky state historian), people of the area (historical postcards), settlement schools....Oh yes, we also learned some Appalachian dances. The program leaders were aware of the differing physical abilities of participants, and provided enjoyable experiences for all ability levels. As always, participants were congenial and one could make new friends easily. It was a great Road Scholar trip, and I was sorry when it was over!

Susan from Winter Park, FL Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 04/13/14 - 04/18/14
This was a wonderful experience, but thought it to be more moderately challenging than just moderate. Very rustic setting, food not varied, but all personnel were wonderful. Enjoyed the diversity of the programs presented.

Barbara from Toms River, NJ Number of programs attended: 11
Date attended: 11/17/13 - 11/22/13
This is actually a two part program. You'll learn about the people of Appalachia and the natural area of Kentucky. Staying in a State Park Lodge is rustic, but the ambiance kicks it up a notch. Comfort food and plentiful. Staff was great and how many places can you see a Moonbow?

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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
16 Expert-led lectures
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