20552
North Carolina
The Great Smokies: National Park Hiking at a Slower Pace
Summit to the top of Clingmans Dome, walk a section of the Appalachian Trail, learn about the region’s ecosystems and see for yourself what makes the Smoky Mountains so great.
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Program No. 20552RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
999
6 days
5 nights
14 meals
5B 4L 5D
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At a Glance

Join historians, naturalists and other local experts on an extraordinary adventure in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Learn about the human history and exploration of the Great Smokies on visits to Newfound Gap and Mingus Mill in the Oconaluftee River Valley. Gain insight into ongoing environmental conservation efforts at a National Park Service research station. Summit Clingmans Dome to look out from the highest point of the park, hear tales of the mountains, identify edible plants and much more as you soak up the majesty of nature in this spectacular park.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking between 2 and 4 miles most days over grassy, forest trails; some short stream crossings on narrow footbridges. Ability to choose your desired level of pace and difficulty on some days, with options for slightly more strenuous hikes available. Elevations above 5,000 ft.
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 ...

  • Walk or hike along sections of the Kephart Prong and Appalachian Trails with our naturalist as we learn about the importance and formation of the park and its ecosystems.
  • Visit a historic Civilian Conservation Corp camp site which had been in use during the construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway, and learn the history of logging in the forest where portions of cables and rails remain.
  • Observe protected elk in Cataloochee Valley and search for salamanders at Purchase Knob on a Citizen Science Research Program.
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Lee Knight
Raised in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, Lee is a folk singer, story teller and outdoor leader, performing at concerts, workshops, festivals and schools. He shares his knowledge of the natural world leading hikes, canoe trips and guiding whitewater rafts. Lee has collected and shares Cherokee legends and plays the Cherokee flute and rattle, as well as the Native American drum. He also plays the five-string banjo, guitars and the Appalachian dulcimer.

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

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Lee Knight
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Doris Gove
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Lindsey Ebaugh
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