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Inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Program Number: 17838RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/19/2013 - 5/22/2013;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Lake Junaluska, North Carolina
Price starting at: $378.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: National Parks
Meals: 8; 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt    

It’s America’s most-visited National Park for good reason. With 800 miles of trails, ancient and mysterious mountains, spectacular animal diversity and more than 1,600 kinds of flowering plants, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an outdoor enthusiast’s heaven on earth. Experience the park in a special way as you join researchers and park rangers in their efforts to deepen our knowledge of this national treasure.




Highlights

• Atop Purchase Knob, overlooking the park from 5,000 feet, spend a day with a park ranger and collect data in on-going studies designed to measure the effects of air pollution in the park.
• Visit buildings dating from the early 20th century before this spectacular region was deemed a National Park.
• As dusk falls on the valley, view and photograph elk as they come to graze.



Activity Particulars

Hiking up to 2 miles a day over uneven terrain. Elevations above 5,000 feet.



A five-night version of this program is also available, "Great Smoky Mountains National Park: An American Treasure" (#20552). Call or go to www.roadscholar.org/20552.




Date Specific Information

5-19-2013

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by Intentional Growth Center.




Lake Junaluska

The Blue Ridge Parkway runs along the ridgelines of Haywood County, offering visitors to Lake Junaluska a beautiful view of the Southern Appalachians Mountains. Asheville and the famous Biltmore Estate are a short drive away.



Accommodations
Modern hotel overlooking Lake Junaluska. Gorgeous views from the dining room, where meals are served buffet style. Alcohol- and smoke-free facilities.
Meals and Lodgings
   Lambuth Inn
  Lake Junaluska, NC 3 nights
 Lambuth Inn
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Historic Inn elegantly decorated in the turn of the century style, overlooking Lake Junaluska and the Blue Ridge Mountains.
  Contact info: 55 Lambuth Drive
Lake Junaluska, NC 28745 USA
phone: 828-452-2881 x290
web: www.lakejunaluska.com
  Room amenities: In room coffee, iron and board; hair dryer upon request
  Facility amenities: Coffee and tea in lobby. Drink and snack machine, classroom and dining room on first floor.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: From $90 up, includes meals. Participants must contact hotel in advance to confirm rates and availability. 1-800-22204930
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: From $90 up, includes meals. Participants must contact hotel in advance to confirm rates and availability. 1-800-22204930
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration 3:00 to 5:00 in lobby of the Lambuth Inn. You will be staying at Lambuth Inn that night.
  End of Program:
Wrap-up class from 8:30-9:30. Class dismissal at 9:30 am. You will be staying at Lambuth Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Lake Junaluska, NC
  Nearest city or town:  Waynesville, NC
  Nearest highway: Highway 23/74 Interstate 40
  Nearest airport:  Asheville, NC
  From End of Program
  Location: Lake Junaluska, NC
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Waynesville

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
various
phone: 828-452-2881 x384
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Travel Time:

 

45 min 

 

Distance:

 

35 miles

   

The Conference Center usually has a contract with a commercial service in Asheville. Call for details.

 
Driving Directions
  From South (Atlanta) 1-85 North to 1-985 to Hwy 23 North to Waynesville, NC (187 m). Exit 102B Hwy 276 North 1.3 miles to junction of Hwy 19 South. Turn right on Hwy 19. Drive a short distance to Lake Junaluska Assembly entrance on left. Turn left onto N. Lakeshore Dr. and at next intersection, turn right and continue on Lakeshore Dr. to Terrace Hotel (.5 m on left) or continue up hill to the cross, take a sharp left to Lambuth Inn
  from East (Asheville) I-40 West to exit 27 (Hwy 19,23,74) 25 miles; follow Hwy 19 South 4.1 miles to Exit 103, continue on Hwy 19 South 1 mile to second entrance to Lake Junaluska Assemble. Turn right through stone gate onto N. Lakeshore Dr. at next intersection turn right and continue on Lakeshore Dr. to Terrace Hotel (on left) .5 m or to Lambuth Inn continue up the hill to the cross and take a sharp left.
  from North on 1-81 After entering the state of Tennessee, continue to Exit 57, exit on 1-26 South/US 23 South to Johnson City. Follow 1-26/23S to Asheville, NC. Take right ramp onto 1-240 to Exit 1A. Take ramp to 1-40 West toward Canton Knoxville, then follow directions from Asheville.(above)
  from West (Knoxville) I-40 East to Exit 20 (90 miles). Take Hwy 276to Hwy 19 N (5.8m), turn left on 19N and continue 3 m to Lake Junaluska Assembly entrance. Turn left onto N. Lakeshore Dr, at next intersection turn right and continue on N. Lakeshore to Terrace Hotel(on left) .5 m; or continue on Lakeshore Dr. up the hill to Lambuth Inn. At the cross take a sharp left.
Elevation Note: Purchase Knob is above 5,000 feet

Equipment Requirements: Comfortable walking shoes and rain gear.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Registration and Orientation
(Sunday, May 19)
   
 Afternoon: Registration in hotel lobby.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room buffet style.
 Evening: Orientation
   
Accommodations: Lambuth Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Day at Purchase Knob, Appalachian Highlands Science Leaarning Center in Great Mountains National Park
(Monday, May 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room served buffet style.
 Morning: Leave for Purchase Knob, one of the scientific research stations in the National Park System. Orientation with Education Coordinator at Center, including an introduction to the Park and to the on-going research that records the effects of pollution on various plants and animals. Short hike over uneven terrain to collect samples. Return to the lab to analyze data.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch at Purchase Knob enjoying the panoramic view of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at an elevation of above 5,000 feet.
 Afternoon: Continue with research walking down to move through trees and over rocks near a stream recording the salamander population. Hike up-hill back to the research station's lab to continue recording data on the animals that show the effects of pollution.
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel dining room buffet style.
 Evening: Class: Learn about the history of the Park.
   
Accommodations: Lambuth Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Afternoon and evening at Cataloochee, the area in the Great Smoky Mountains Park where elk have been reintroduced.
(Tuesday, May 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room served buffet style.
 Morning: 8:30am class about the introduction of the elk in the GSMNP. 10:00-12:00pm A Folk History of the Cherokee and early settlers. Enjoy Lee Knight as he shares the music and stories of the Cherokee and early European Settlers. He will play musical instruments of the Cherokee - drum, flutes and rattle native dulcimer and banjo.
 Lunch: Lunch in hotel dining room served buffet style.
 Afternoon: Meet the Park Ranger in Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to learn about research in the lower elevations of the Park. Hike up-hill to collect, record and return snail specimens. Explore some of the remaining buildings from the early part of the 20th century before the area became part of the Park. View the elk, which have been reintroduced to the Park at Cataloochee.
 Dinner: Picnic in Cataloochee
 Evening: View and photograph the elk as they come to the valley to graze at dusk.
   
Accommodations: Lambuth Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Ends with breakfast and a morning class from 8:30-9:30
(Wednesday, May 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room served buffet style.
 Morning: Wrap-up session.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Lake Junaluska, NC Lake Junaluska
On the grounds: Golf (adjacent to Lake Junaluska); Tennis, Shuffleboard, walking trail around the lake, swimming and boating available in season, Corneille Bryan Native Garden, The United Methodist Heritage Center; Cokesbury Bookstore and Gift Shop, World Methodist Museum, Nearby places of interest: Downtown Waynesville, Asheville, Biltmore Estate, Cherokee Indian Reservation, Dillsboro, Maggie Valley, Smoky Mountains National Park
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


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