17288
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.
Rating (4.88)
Program No. 17288RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
749

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.
Featured Expert
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Liz Domingue
Liz Domingue is a professional naturalist, educator and photographer with extensive experience in exploring and studying the natural world. As the originator and operator of Just Get Outdoors, she leads interpretive hikes and photography workshops, and conducts environmental education programs for youth, adults, and fellow educators. Through her workshops, Liz encourages awareness, understanding, enjoyment, and stewardship of our natural world.

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

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