North Carolina
Nature Hiking in the Southern Appalachian Mountains
Hike the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains with a local expert and learn about the region’s abundant wildflowers, natural history and distinctly Appalachian folklore.
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Program No. 17288RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Lace up your hiking boots and explore the scenic trails and natural wonders of the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains in a small group with a hiking naturalist who reveals the wonders of wildflowers and mountain life. Walk along the southern portion of the Appalachian Trail, through the Nantahala National Forest and spend your evenings immersed in tales of Appalachian folklore and natural history.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Hiking 4-8 miles per day on varied terrain. Elevations up to 5,500 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Hike to spots above 5,000 feet like Standing Indian Mountain and Wesser Bald Fire Tower and take advantage of exquisite views to learn about the area.
  • Walk on sections of the famous Appalachian Trail, including the Muskrat Creek Shelter portion, Winding Stair Gap and Dick’s Creek Gap.
  • On sections of the "Chunky Gal" Trail study the natural history of the area with a local trail and nature expert.

General Notes

Women-Only departures are available on this program.
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Jack Loveless
Jack Loveless has lived in the northeast Georgia and western North Carolina mountains for the past 18 years. He has been a naturalist, environmental educator and outdoor adventure expert. Jack shares his knowledge of plant identification, with an emphasis on wild edibles and medicinal uses, through interpretive hikes. He is also an avid rock climber, biker, woodworker and gardener.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Jack Loveless
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