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6 Days | 5 Nights
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.
Nancy from Louisville, KY Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 10/04/15 - 10/09/15
Great program for hikers. Challenging but rewarding. Hiking in the rocks for 8-9 hours was tough. It's one big room for all the ladies with bunk beds for sleeping; felt like a summer camp, so be prepared. It was a great adventure. Food not very good.

Bill from Indianapolis, IN Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/04/15 - 10/09/15
Just returned from Smoky Mountain trip. Great hikes, wonderful staff and the weather was perfect. Unfortunately I can't live in the dorm.

James from Saint Louis, MO Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/06/15 - 09/11/15
The Activity Level is listed as "Challenging" but don't be scared away by that. The Oct and April programs have 3 levels of hikes each day--Strenuous, Moderate, and Easy. This allows the hiker to select the daily hike which will be "challenging" for them. The Sept program has Strenuous and Mod/Easy each day. Agree with Doris that the Strenuous is definitely STRENUOUS. The Staff can be a great help in deciding which level of challenge your are prepared for and will enjoy.

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We’re glad you enjoyed your hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains, James! Although participants may choose from different hikes each day, the overall activity level of the program is correctly labeled as Challenging – “Get ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.” Participants up for the challenge should expect to be on the go, over rugged terrain, each day!
Lynn from Nashville, TN Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/06/15 - 09/11/15
This is a wonderful program if you like to hike. The staff at Tremont is/are extremely knowledgeable, and they are great teachers on the hikes.

Doris from Birmingham, AL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/06/15 - 09/11/15
Do not be temped to go on this outing if you cannot hike 6 miles straight uphill.

Evelyn from Bristol, VA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 04/12/15 - 04/17/15
This was my 4th hiking trip with RS. The first 2 were great..well organized and in great places but the last 2 were both at Tremont, once in the fall and now in the spring. The Smokies are a fabulous location for hiking and being able to stay in the Park and having knowledgeable hike leaders everyday and choosing from 3 levels of difficulty everyday makes for a perfect week's program, at least for me.

Susan from Greenville, SC Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 04/12/15 - 04/17/15
This was one of my most favorite programs. It was at a challenge level I had hoped to experience. And yet there were options for the day I wanted to pull back a bit. The leadership was outstanding as were the accommodations. We were in dorms with bunk beds but it all went well. The meals were very good and always ready on time. What a great week!! Already registered for the fall program.

Margaret from Forest City, NC Number of programs attended: 11
Date attended: 04/12/15 - 04/17/15
This is my 3rd Road Scholar experience with A Hiking Adventure in the Great Smoky Mountains at Tremont Institute located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I have found the staff and instructors to be among the best! And I have attended several other Road Scholar hiking programs. If you are looking for adventure and a challenging hiking program this is the one! You also have the option of picking a hike that fits your level of hiking experience: easy, moderate or challenging. I have met some great people and made so many friends during this program. I like a challenging hike, but I have friends who hike on all levels. If you want to experience the Smoky Mountains and learn from instructors like Jeremy Lloyd who knows so much about hiking, flora, fauna, folk lore, and so much more.....I recommend this program. I have just returned from the April program and have just signed up to do the one in October!! If you like hiking...this is great!

Jim from Salem, OR Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/05/14 - 10/10/14
This is an unusually good Road Scholar hiking/national parks adventure because each day offers three choices of hike: strenuous, moderate or relatively easy. The bunkhouse quarters permit you to get to know people better, the bunks were comfortable, the showers hot, the family-style food hearty and the price reasonable.

laura from Jackson, MO Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/05/14 - 10/10/14
Great trip with three different hiking options each day. Hike leaders were excellent.

Jo Ann from Sarasota, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/05/14 - 10/10/14
Beautiful hikes at full range of levels. Great hike leaders. Food at Tremont is a little like high school lunches but the salad bar was wonderful. Loved the night time story teller. She was fantastic..

Bill from Indianapolis, IN Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/05/14 - 10/10/14
As I explain the program to my friends I just say it is summer camp for adults. The staff was overly efficient and really friendly. Our group of attendees bonded like we had been lifelong friends. Can't remember the last time I had so much fun.Hated to leave. Thanks to everyone.

Angie from Tallahassee, FL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/05/14 - 10/10/14
Great program! Hike levels different each day, so if tired after a hard day, could choose an easier day the next. Larger total group than I was familiar with, but the different hike levels allowed for smaller groups on the hikes. Beautiful location, Tremont folks super and knowledgeable. So many different hikes, a good program to return to.

Molly from Springfield, MO Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/07/14 - 09/12/14
The Tremont Institute staff provided a wonderful learning experience as we hiked and explored the Smokies.

Ellen from Silver Spring, MD Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 09/07/14 - 09/12/14
The trails in the Smoky Mountains are varied and make for great hiking. The weather was very rainy, warm and humid; however we persevered and, although the views were limited, the conditions added to the challenging aspect of the program. Dorm accommodations were quite comfortable. Food needs improvement, although lunch fixings were good. Guides and lodge staff were excellent. Great value and I enjoyed the company of the other RS participants

Robert from Decatur, GA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/06/14 - 04/11/14
This is a great way to experience the beauty and diversity of one of the world's most spectacular natural areas - the Great Smoky Mountains. The hikes selected for the program each showcased unique and interesting features of the natural environment. The day hike leaders were excellent and strived to answer questions and meet all group members needs and expectations. There was a nice difficulty range of day hikes available each day. For this Spring trip one should be prepared for cold and warm and wet and dry hikes depending on the weather and the elevation. The other participants were pleasant and enthusiastic. Evening programs could be ramped up a bit, but the overall experience was great.

Christine from Gurley, AL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/06/14 - 04/11/14
Peaceful location beside a river, exhilarating hikes to waterfalls and mountaintops, knowledgeable and enthusiastic leaders, adventurous and fun-loving participants. My first Road Scholar experience, and it was outstanding!

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