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Mountain Wildflowers and Forest Ecology: An Appalachian Spring

Program Number: 8999RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/26/2015 - 5/1/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Montreat, North Carolina
Price starting at: $588.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Science & Nature Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

The vibrant red Indian Paintbrush, the exuberant Flame Azalea, the delicate Showy Orchid — the wildflowers of Southern Appalachia are some of the most sought-after and exquisite flora in the United States. Walking the pathways of western North Carolina’s mountains, we will take our time to actually see, savor and sometimes smell the wondrous flowers of an Appalachian spring.




Highlights

• Learn about the life and botany of the mountains, then spend afternoons walking (on moderate trails) in search of orchids and trillium, plus many other wildflowers blooming along wooded paths.
• Examine how mountain ranges were formed and how this relates to the local ecology.
• Learn how weather affects the environment and why meteorologists have such difficulty predicting the weather.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to four miles on well maintained mountain trails that have uneven terrain, including rocks and roots.



Please note that while this program involves significant amounts of walking, the focus is on nature exploration, not hiking.




Date Specific Information

4-26-2015

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



Coordinated by Montreat Conference Center.




Montreat

Originally founded as a spiritual retreat center, Montreat, nestled on Lake Susan at the foot of Graybeard Mountain, continues to be a peaceful destination for those seeking respite. Footpaths weave through the 4,000 acres of surrounding woodlands and the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains offer other recreational opportunities.



Accommodations
Beautiful conference center overlooking small lake in the center of Montreat. Spacious lounges, classrooms, fireplace and dining facilities in same building.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Peter Loewer

Peter Loewer is an artist, gardener, writer and illustrator living on the shores of Lake Kenilworth in Asheville, N.C. He holds a bachelor’s in graphic arts and art history and won the 1958 Max Beckmann Fellowship to the Brooklyn Museum. Peter gardens in what he calls a “failing effort to escape the real world and its problems.” He writes and illustrates gardening books and, with the help of his wife Jean, children’s books. His latest is “Loves Me Loves Me Not,” about the language of flowers.
 
Joe Standaert

Joe Standaert is a wilderness guide and biologist. He holds a bachelor’s in Biological Sciences from Rutgers and a master’s in ecology from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Now retired from a career in data processing, Joe is pursuing his passions of botany, wildflower identification, and photography as well as leading Road Scholar programs. He is a member of many outdoor organizations including the Montreat Trail Club and the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy.
 
Tom Ross

Tom Ross is a meteorologist and program manager with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Database Program, a project that works to make major climate and environmental databases available via the internet. Over the last 25 years, he has also served in various tasks at the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. Tom also owns High Country Nursery and specializes in growing Japanese maples, bonsai and other unusual landscape trees.
 
Brian Joyce

Dr. Brian Joyce is a professor at Montreat College and teaches ecology, plant physiology and biostatistics. He received a Ph.D. from Penn State University, and his doctoral research involved quantifying the physiological response of forest trees to environmental stress. His research interests include restoration of the American chestnut, restoration of southern Appalachian brook trout and determining the current status of the eastern cougar. He enjoys fly fishing, photography and wood working.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center
  Montreat, NC 5 nights
 Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Originally completed in 1929, the 101 room Assembly Inn has undergone a major renovation. New windows have been installed throughout the building, as well as an upgraded heating and air-conditioning system. All guest rooms and public areas have been refurbished with new furniture, carpet, paint, art, lighting and bedding. This stately hotel is a beautiful stone building, overlooking a small lake. It has a beautiful, spacious lobby with a fireplace and comfortable furniture for fellowship, puzzles and games, or just relaxing. The building was made from native stone that sparkles with mica. The dining room is in the same building as our housing and meeting facilities, and an elevator serves all floors (except for 7 steps going into one main meeting area). Of Montreat's 4,000 acres, 2,500 acres are dedicated to wilderness and are entered in the NC Registry of National Heritage Areas, and we have more than a dozen maintained hiking trails. Tennis courts also available. We will have board and card games in the lobby for your enjoyment, but if you have a favorite, please feel free to bring it along. An outdoor pool is located on the grounds, but it not open during our Road Scholar programs (only open June 1 - first week in August). However, a lovely fitness center (Cheshire Fitness) is located just a few miles away, and they offer daily or weekly rates for visitors. There are no TVs or phones in the individual housing rooms, but there is a TV in the main lobby, and guests can be reached by leaving a message at the front desk (staffed 24 hours a day). If it is urgent, the front desk staff will contact the coordinator who will deliver the message in person, otherwise a note will be left on the guest's housing door. A quiet reading room is also available, located near the main lobby of the Assembly Inn.
  Ship Information: 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757
  Contact info: 401 Assembly Drive
Montreat, NC 28757 USA
phone: 828-669-2911 x0
web: http://www.montreat.org/stay/assembly-inn/
  Room amenities: All housing accommodations will be in the Assembly Inn. All rooms have private baths. The bathrooms have a tub/shower unit. ADA rooms have walk-in showers. Double occupancy rooms have either two twin beds, a queen-size bed or a king-size bed. Single occupancy rooms have one queen or king-size bed. The bedrooms also have a clock/radio, Kleenex, closets and lamps, as well as a sink and counter and a large mirror. It would be helpful to bring an umbrella, a flashlight, and individual make-up mirror, if desired. Each housing area has an individual heating and air-conditioning unit. Wireless Internet access (with personal laptop) in all areas of the Assembly Inn. Hair dryers and irons available from the front desk. Beautiful rooms, beautiful scenery outside too!
  Facility amenities: All housing accommodations will be in the Assembly Inn. All rooms have private baths. The bathrooms have a tub/shower unit, and ADA rooms have a walk-in shower. Double occupancy rooms have two twin beds, a queen-size bed or a king-size bed. Single occupancy rooms have either a queen or king-size bed. The bedrooms also have a clock/radio, Kleenex, closets and lamps, as well as a sink and counter and a large mirror. It would be helpful to bring an umbrella, a flashlight, and individual make-up mirror, if desired. Blankets, sheets, pillows, (beds are made), bath mat and a towel set will be provided (rooms are serviced by our housekeeping staff and clean towels are available daily). Each housing and meeting area has an individual heating and air-conditioning unit. Snack and cold drink vending machines are located on the ground floor, and ice machines are on the second and third floors. Wireless Internet access (with personal laptop) in all areas of the Assembly Inn. Computer in main lobby for access to email and Internet. Courtesy phones are located on each floor.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: call for price/availability. Rooms are not typically available, due to retreats. Participants may call to check availability. If no rooms are available, the coordinator will assist them in finding a hotel nearby.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: call for price/availability. Rooms are not typically available, due to retreats. Participants may call to check availability. If no rooms are available, the coordinator will assist them in finding a hotel nearby.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00 - 5:30 PM, at the Assembly Inn. You will be staying at Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center that night.
  End of Program:
12:30 PM, with lunch at the Assembly Inn. You will be staying at Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free parking at the Assembly Inn in Montreat.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Montreat, NC
  Nearest city or town:  Black Mountain, NC; nearest large town: Asheville, NC
  Nearest highway: Route 9 to Interstate 40
  Nearest airport:  Asheville Regional Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Montreat, NC
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Charlotte, NC

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required

 

Travel Time:

 

2 hours (all interstate) 

 

Greenville, SC

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required

 

Travel Time:

 

1 to 1 1/2 hours (all interstate) 

 

Asheville, NC

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
various... see listing below
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

price varies, avg price is $60 per person, one way
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

35 miles

   

The Road Scholar coordinator suggests/recommends to you Grandyco Car Service 828-273-3214 and is happy to coordinate transportation for guests coming in to the Asheville airport, so price is less Other options (visit www.flyavl.com for more) Marvels Transport 828-280-1698 A Red Cab 828-232-1112 Areawide Transportation 828-713-4710 Beaver Lake Cab 828-252-1913 Checker Cab 828-254-1155

 

Asheville, NC

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
same as listed for airport
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

varies
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

18 miles

   

arrange for transport with Road Scholar coordinator at Montreat; she will coordinate times with other participants.

 

Knoxville, TN

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required

 

Travel Time:

 

2 hours 

 
Driving Directions
  From All Points - to Interstate 40 Come to Western North Carolina via Interstate 40; use exit 64 for Black Mountain/Montreat/Route 9 (15 miles east of Asheville, NC). At the exit, turn north on Route 9 (go through one traffic light, across a railroad track and another traffic light, and up the hill to the traffic light). Go straight across where Route 9 becomes Montreat Road, and travel approximately two miles to the Montreat entrance (stone gate). From the gate, continue approximatley 1 1/2 miles to the middle of the conference center. The Assembly Inn is on the hill on the left, across from Lake Susan. Pull up to the front door of the Inn to unload, and then park your car in one of the marked spaces along the lake or the Inn. Please note: do not trust a map or GPS that tries to bring you in on Route 9 (except for the last few miles) instead of Interstate 40 (unless you desire to travel along very sharp curves, up and down mountains). Also, do not take Flat Creek Road... come up Montreat Road (Route 9 North).
Elevation Note: Hiking @ elevations 3,500 feet, but may hike (on their own) in areas which peak elev exceeds 5,400.

Equipment Requirements: Please bring good hiking boots/shoes or shoes with tread on bottom. A sketchpad and pencils or watercolors is recommended. No sandals! A backpack and a personal water bottle may be preferred. (bottled water is provided)
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: Arrival/Orientation
(Sunday, April 26)
   
 Afternoon: Arrival at the Assembly Inn, check in between 3 - 5:30 p.m. Registration for our program will be in the lower lobby from 4 - 5:30 p.m. Pull up to the Assemby Inn porch to unload, then park your vehicle in any designated spot close to the Inn or by the lake.
 Dinner: Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Galax Dining Room, on the first floor of the Assembly Inn. A relaxing break after your day of travel. All our meals are served buffet style, so grab your plate and utensils and settle in for some comfort food. A choice of two entrées (or have both), good-for-you vegetables, a complete salad bar, bread and, of course, some yummy desserts. Tea (sweet and unsweetened), coffee, milk, and water available.
 Evening: Our opening program/orientation will be at 7 p.m. (usually in Convocation, also on the first floor of the Inn). We will spend some time learning a little about Montreat, meeting your instructors, going over the schedule, and answering questions. We know you're tired from your travels, so we'll wrap up around 8 p.m. with some "getting to know you" activities. Refreshments and fellowship follow in the lobby, or retire to your room to rest.
   
Accommodations: Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Climate and the Weather, The Wild Gardener, walk in the afternoon at Warren Wilson College
(Monday, April 27)
   
 Breakfast: Our breakfast buffet is served from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. in the Galax Dining Room. Is breakfast your favorite meal of the day? Then you're in for a treat this week! Breakfast options change each day, but will incorporate lots of your favorites. Biscuits and gravy, French toast, pancakes or waffles, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, hash browns, oatmeal (and not the packaged kind either), and lots of others. Standard offerings include fresh fruit, cereal, yogurt, granola, baked pastries, orange juice (and another juice option). Fresh coffee or hot tea will start your morning off right!
 Morning: Our early morning class will focus on the weather with Tom Ross. We will discuss how the weather works and why the sun starts the whole process in motion. We will talk about winds, storms and rain. Then we will move on and talk about climate and weather extremes including - floods, droughts, thunderstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes, and how to be weather savvy- when these events occur. The class will move on to "Reading the Sky"- what do clouds, rainbows, halos and contrails mean. How to predict the weather for your town and where you live and a bit about the climate in Western North Carolina. We will finish up on a technical note and discuss how meteorologists measure weather and climate, - advances in technology from kites to weather radar and satellites. Lastly, we will cover how to find weather and climate information in the electronic age, the "greenhouse" effect, El Nino, La Nina, and climate variability. After a mid-morning break for refreshments and fellowship, we'll return to our classroom for a presentation from Peter Loewer, "The Wild Gardener." Using his own photography and his knowledge of native plants, Peter Loewer's talk entitled "The Wild Gardener" illustrates the many garden uses of wildflowers that are originally collected and grown in Western North Carolina. His book, "The Wild Gardener" was named by the American Horticultural Society, as one of the top 75 garden books of the Twentieth Century.
 Lunch: lunch 12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
 Afternoon: Our afternoon field trip is to the Warren Wilson College River Trail. This trail runs along the Swannanoa River and is totally flat and very easy. The river is picturesque and lovely and very peaceful. We will also be hiking through the Warren Wilson College campus which is an agricultural college with a lot of farm fields surrounding it. This is a one way hike of a less than two miles. There is a very nice area of large rocks where we can listen to the burbling sounds of the river. Don't forget your camera! Both Joe and Peter are expert photographers and can give you tips on capturing the beautiful sights of an Appalachian Spring!
 Dinner: dinner at the Assembly Inn. 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
 Evening: 7:00 to 8:00, "Fun in the Mountains," Glenn & Evelyn Bannerman games/cards and tv available in the lobby for fellowship movie on a big screen
   
Accommodations: Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Trip to the NC Arboretum
(Tuesday, April 28)
   
 Breakfast: Another yummy buffet breakfast is served 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Get your morning off to a good start! It's the most important meal of the day...
 Morning: 8:45 departure for the NC Arboretum. Peter Loewer will guide us on our visit (the bonsai display is always a favorite). Cultivating Connections Between People and Plants for 25 Years... ...amid a 434-acre public garden located within the Bent Creek Experimental Forest. Surrounded by lush folds of the botanically diverse Southern Appalachian Mountains, The North Carolina Arboretum is adjacent to the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, at Milepost 393, and is nestled in one of the most beautiful natural settings in America. The North Carolina Arboretum is located on land within the Pisgah National Forest, and is operated under a special use permit issued by the National Forests in North Carolina. Established in 1986 by the General Assembly as an affiliate of the University of North Carolina, the Arboretum was founded nearly a century after Frederick Law Olmsted, the 'Father of American Landscape Architecture,' first envisioned such an institution near Asheville as part of his legacy to the Biltmore Estate. Learn more at http://www.ncarboretum.org.
 Lunch: box lunches at the Arboretum. The Assembly Inn will prepare a fresh lunch for us to take along on our trip. A sandwich with meat and cheese (with mayo and mustard in packets), lettuce and tomato, some chips, a piece of fruit, and a cookie will nourish us as wel continue our explorations of nature.
 Afternoon: after lunch, we venture over to the greenhouse, where the vans will pick us up. From the Arboretum, we venture to Peter Gentling's Garden in Asheville. Up on Town Mountain Road and overlooking the city of Asheville below, Peter Gentling, a retired surgeon, has created a most beautiful garden only a few miles from Asheville's Town Hall. Mixing a bit of Japanese garden philosophy with a host of native plants and wildflowers, all originally at home in Western North Carolina, this garden is full of bloom from spring to fall and is a must for some great garden photography.
 Dinner: 5:30 - 6:30 dinner
 Evening: 7:00 - 8:00 evening program Evening programs are typically a fun event -- a dance, a concert, or a storyteller games/cards/tv available in lobby for fellowship optional movie on big screen
   
Accommodations: Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Wildflower and Plant Communities, Guide to Field Guides, Elizabeth's Path (in Montreat), Afternoon Free Time (with 2 options), and Evening Class on the Story of the Montreat Wilderness
(Wednesday, April 29)
   
 Breakfast: 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. breakfast
 Morning: Our first morning class, "Wildflowers and Plant Communities" and "Guide to Field Guides," will be with Joe Standaert. "Wildflowers and Plant Communities" A description of the ecology and structure of plant communities with emphasis on the characteristics of various Southern Appalachian community types and their native wildflowers. A discussion of plant habitats, micro climates, community succession and influences of disturbances on community composition. Extensive photo examples will be presented of the wildflowers to be expected in each environment. "A Guide to the Field Guides" An overview will be presented on the various basic, intermediate, and advanced field guides available for use in wildflower identification. The pros and cons of each type of field guide will be discussed as well as examples of general identification methods used from the simple to advanced "keying" methods. Mid-morning, we'll have a break for refreshments and fellowship, and following the break, we will explore Elizabeth's Path. Elizabeth's Path is a glorious trail that runs along the creek by Assembly Drive. Winding through trees and rhododendron, the mainly flat path has some ups and downs and some stairs to climb. We will drive down to the Montreat Gate and walk about one mile back to Assembly Inn. We will see the Native Plant Garden, reclaimed from an area that used to have many invasive plants, as well as the native wildflower plantings in the Memorial Garden and on the nature trail.
 Lunch: 12:30 - 1:30 lunch
 Afternoon: free time to explore the area, OR an optional wildflower walk. Walk along Lookout Mountain in Montreat with Joe... two miles with some short strenuous or difficult sections, but we will be going slow to look at and identify wildflowers as we go. We will hike up the lower Lookout Mountain Trail, then do a section of the old, historic Mt Mitchell Railroad bed from the 1920's.
 Dinner: 5:30 - 6:30 dinner
 Evening: 7:00 - 8:30 "The Story of the Montreat Wilderness," with Joe. Celebrating the Story of the Montreat Wilderness: A 30 minute video will be shown documenting the history of the Montreat cove and the efforts by the residents and the Conference Center to preserve the wilderness in Montreat over the years. Emphasis will be on the role of passionate individuals, institutions, and concerned citizens in pursuing environmental protections for over 2,400 acres of the Montreat wilderness. A short discussion will follow the video.
   
Accommodations: Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Class on Forest Ecology, Class on Mountain Formations, and afternoon exploration of the Mountains to the Sea Trail.
(Thursday, April 30)
   
 Breakfast: 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. breakfast is served. Have you tried the grits or Ronnie's biscuits and gravy yet? Don't miss out!!!
 Morning: Our early morning class focuses on "Mountain Formations" with Brian Joyce. After a mid-morning break for some refreshments and fellowship, we'll return to the classroom for our presentation on "Forest Ecology," also with Brian Joyce.
 Lunch: It's time to eat again! 12:15 - 1:15 lunch is served, buffet style in the Galax Dining Room.
 Afternoon: 1:15 - 5:30 A field trip along the Blue Ridge Parkway, to the Mountains to the Sea Trail. The group will divide into two, and a leader and sweep with be with each group as we walk along, (hopefully) discovering plant life. We will be walking for about two hours and about 2 miles along a single track, wooded hiking trail. The hike will be moderate, but will include some rocks and roots and uneven terrain. The Mountains-to-Sea Trail is a simple footpath stretching almost 1,000 miles across North Carolina from Clingmans Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains to Jockey's Ridge on the Outer Banks..
 Dinner: 5:30 - 6:30 dinner
 Evening: 7:00 - 8:00 evening program games/cards/tv in lobby for fellowship (no movie tonight)
   
Accommodations: Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Field Trip to Botanical Gardens and return to Assembly Inn for Lunch and Departures
(Friday, May 1)
   
 Breakfast: 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. breakfast is served. It's your last chance to try Ronnie's biscuits and gravy.... you'll wish you had them all week.
 Morning: 8:30 - 11:30 trip to Botanical Gardens in Asheville. It is located in the Southern Appalachian Mountains, one of the most diverse temperate ecosystems in the world. Their mission is the preservation and promotion of the native plant species and habitats of these mountains. They hope to increase public awareness of this region’s unique botanical diversity by maintaining gardens for the enjoyment of the public and by providing educational programs and research resources for the community. The Cole Library of The Botanical Gardens at Asheville contains more than 1000 books relating to botany, horticulture, ecology, and ornithology. Visit their website: http://www.ashevillebotanicalgardens.org 12:00 check out of Assembly Inn (if returning for lunch -- box lunches are available for those who choose to leave from the Botanical Gardens). 12:15 - 12:30 closing program
 Lunch: 12:30 - 1:30 lunch
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Montreat, NC Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce
The Asheville Chamber has specific information on Asheville and the surrounding area. Plenty of shops and places to visit! Enjoy a trolley tour of the city... For additional information, visit www.ashevillechamber.org
  Biltmore Estate
George Vanderbilt's 255-room mansion built at the end of the 19th Century, with a magnificent art collection and gardens covering 35 acres. For additional information, visit www.biltmore.com
  Black Mountain / Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce
Chamber of Commerce located in downtown Black Mountain. Phone number 828 669-2300 Quaint small town with lots of unique shops to explore. Several of these shops are "art" based -- with items the owners make. Information on all area attractions! For additional information, visit www.exploreblackmountain.com
  Black Mountain Golf Course
Boasts the world's longest fairway. Beautiful course with views of the mountains on all sides. For additional information, visit townofblackmountain.org
  Blue Ridge Mountains
The Blue Ridge Mountains are part of the Appalachians -- and offer some of the most beautiful scenery anywhere. Hiking trails abound, both in Montreat and in the surrounding area with seasonal flora and fauna.
  Carl Sandburg Home
A simple farmhouse and goat farm donated to the Park Service by Mrs. Sandburg after the famous author and poet's death. Video about the Sandburgs--his literary work--and hers in breeding goats. House kept as though they could come home any minute! For additional information, visit nps.gov/carl
  Cherokee Indian Village
The Oconaluftee Indian Village, the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and Unto These Hills outdoor play (seasonal). For additional information, visit untothesehills.com
  Chimney Rock Park
Located in the Hickory Nut Gorge. Enjoy an elevator ride up 26 stores in a granite shaft to the chimney level. Gorgeous views from the top of the "chimney," and lots of hiking trails. Admission fee required. For additional information, visit chimneyrockpark.com
  Folk Art Center
Home of the Southern Highland Handicraft Guild (located on the Blue Ridge Parkway) in east Asheville For additional information, visit southernhighlandguild.org/folkart.html
  Grandfather Mountain
Located in Linvolle, NC; attractions include a mile-high swinging bridge, natural habitat area, and hiking trails For additional information, visit grandfather.com
  Harrah's Casino
Harrah's Casino on the Cherokee Indian Reservation For additional information, visit www.harrahs.com/our_casinos/che/index.html
  Linville Caverns
A 35-minute walking tour through caverns deep under the Humpback Mountain. For additional information, visit linvillecaverns.com
  Thomas Wolfe Home
The childhood home of the famous author -- includes a video about him. House has been made into a museum. For additional information, visit www.wolfememorial.com
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.

Suggested Reading List


Wildflowers and Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont


Author: Timothy P. Spira


Mountain Nature: A Seasonal Natural History of the Southern Appalachians


Author: Jennifer Frick-Ruppert


Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains (field guide)


Author: R. M. Smith


Newcomb's Wildflower Guide


Author: L. Newcomb


The Wild Gardener


Author: Peter Loewer




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