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Program #2263RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
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.
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!

Linda from Auburn, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/08/13 - 09/13/13
If you are up to the challenge,this trip is for you. The Smoky Mountains are interesting and beautiful.Be prepared for every type of weather scenario and you will be comfortable. Really a wonderful experience.

Judy from Hudson, WI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/08/13 - 09/13/13
I attended my first Road Scholar trip(September 2013)#2263--A hiking adventure in the Great Smoky Mountains. I appreciated Road Scholar telling participants beforehand to be flexible, open to new ideas, and willing to go outside of one's comfort zone. Sleeping in a large dormitory was fun because I was able to get to know other women better than I might have if we had been in separate rooms for sleeping. Some participants wanted to hike long, strenuous trails and others wanted to hike moderately strenuous trails and stop to see historic sites or learn about the land. That was possible with the daily hike choices and the flexibility of the amazing naturalists. I came with my husband. Most people came as singles. It can work for anyone! Great food, great people, lots of learning, great price. I will be checking out other Road Scholar opportunities. Judy Meincke, Hudson, Wisconsin

Laurie from Clayton, NC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/08/13 - 09/13/13
This is an excellent and well run program. The staff at Tremont is well organized, well educated and enthusiastic.

Steve from Norfolk, VA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 04/07/13 - 04/12/13
If you are looking for a challenging strenuous hiking program, with three daily choices of highly strenuous, moderately strenuous, and just strenuous, that attracts amazing participants in a beautiful setting run by highly competent and caring staff, with enjoyable educational and cultural activities, this is a great experience. It is amazing how many participants have returned to this program year after year,and I can understand why.

Robert from San Rafael, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 04/07/13 - 04/12/13
Great opportunity to explore hiking within a small and historical area of Great Smokey National Park with decent accommodations and a superb food service.

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