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LAKE JUNALUSKA, NORTH CAROLINA

Great Smoky Mountains National Park: An American Treasure

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6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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.
Join historians, naturalists and other local experts on a learning adventure in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, exploring not only the iconic destinations in the most visited park in the nation, but also the lesser-known gems the average visitor might miss. Learn about the human history and exploration of the Great Smokies on visits to Newfound Gap and Mingus Mill in the Oconaluftee River Valley. Gain insight into ongoing environmental conservation efforts at an elk preservation project and a National Park Service research station. Hear tales of the mountains, identify edible plants and much more as you soak up the majesty of nature in this spectacular park.


Highlights

• See how the Cherokee lived 250 years ago on a visit to Oconaluftee Indian Village and explore Mingus Mill, a water-powered turbine grist mill in use since 1886.
• On a nature walk on the Kephart Prong Trail along a branch of the Oconaluftee River, visit a fish hatchery and hear the history of the logging industry at the remains of a logging railroad.
• Encounter breathtaking vistas, picturesque waterfalls and observe protected elk in Cataloochee Valley.


Activity Notes

Walking up to four miles over uneven terrain. Elevations above 5,000 feet.

Date Notes
9/20/2015
Small Group. This program date includes a visit to Farmstead and Grist Mill, the Cherokee Indian Museum and walks along Deep Creek trails to enjoy waterfalls and the Appalachian Forest.5/8/2016
This program date includes visits to iconic park locations such as Clingmans Dome, research with Salamanders and other animals at Purchase Knob Research Station as well as an evening presentation on Appalachian Music.9/18/2016
This program date includes visits to iconic park locations such as Clingmans Dome, research with Salamanders and other animals at Purchase Knob Research Station as well as an evening presentation on Appalachian Music.

Coordinated by Intentional Growth Center.


Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
11 Expert-led lectures
10 Field trips
13 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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4.7
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