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Choose Your Pace: Hiking the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia

Hike to mountaintop vistas and historic sites in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with an expert instructor to teach you the best hiking practices and give you the lay of the land.
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Program No. 22341RJ
Length
6 days
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Virginia

Choose Your Pace: Hiking the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia

Hike to mountaintop vistas and historic sites in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with an expert instructor to teach you the best hiking practices and give you the lay of the land.
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6 days
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Program No. 22341 RJ
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
5B 4L 5D
1
Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center at Smith Mountain Lake
2
Appomattox Court House National Historical Park
W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center at Smith Mountain Lake
3
Smith Mountain Lake State Park Hike, Booker T. Washington NM
W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center at Smith Mountain Lake
4
Hike on Blue Ridge Parkway Trails, Summit Sharp Top
W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center at Smith Mountain Lake
5
AT Hike Over Apple Orchard Mountain, Performance
W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center at Smith Mountain Lake
6
Program Concludes
W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center at Smith Mountain Lake
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At a Glance

Explore the incredible Blue Ridge Mountains on day hikes to Civil War battlefields, gorgeous peaks and historic sites on the Appalachian Trail. Push yourself with fun yet challenging hikes through Virginia’s verdant hills, towering mountains and shimmering lakes. Learn about the area’s storied history and unique ecology from expert hiking instructors before putting your knowledge to use on the trail.
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 ...

  • Enjoy an evening at the historic Peaks of Otter Lodge, nestled in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains.
  • Hike historic routes on the Appalachian Trail and soak in breathtaking views from atop the soaring Blue Ridge Mountains.
  • Get to know a five-time Appalachian Trail thru-hiker and author Leonard Adkins.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event and a value-priced single room. Airport transfer at added cost.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Appalachian Trail: A Visitor's Companion
by Leonard Adkins
Wildflowers of the Appalachian Trail
by Leonard Adkins





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