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Program #18537RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
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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.
Perhaps the most famous hiking trail in the world, the Appalachian Trail runs for 2,174 miles, from Maine to Georgia, over mountains, valleys and some of the most beautiful landscapes in the east. On daily hikes of six to ten miles, sample gorgeous stretches of the trail in Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia. Your base will be the Shepherd’s Spring Retreat Center, whose unique location provides convenient access to all four states.


• Daily hikes take you across the beautiful Appalachia mountains while bringing you into several state and national parks as well as historic areas.
• Naturalists, "AT" thru-hikers, and others lead the discovery of your inspiring natural surroundings.
• After a day on the trail, relax in comfort as you learn about the journey that is the Appalachian Trail and the people who call Appalachia home.

Program Notes

The program is based in one location, so a fair amount of driving is required each day to reach the desired trails. Sag wagons (typically 15 passenger vans) will be taking you to the trailheads each day, and pick up all hikers at the end of the day.
Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.

Activity Notes

Hiking 6-10 miles daily over varied terrain at your own pace. Ungroomed trail over rocky and rough terrain, some days with larger elevation changes. Some hiking requires a lengthy van ride to trailheads. Sag wagon support during breaks on hike. Program appropriate for seasoned hikers.

Date Notes
The area’s summer time temperatures can be high (90’s – 100’s) with high humidity (90%). Please prepare and pack accordingly.10/11/2015
This area can experience cold weather this time of year (30 to 40 degrees overnight) with temperatures increasing during the day. Please pack accordingly.

Coordinated by Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry Center.

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You won't find a better value.

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


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