Choose Your Pace: Hiking Scenic Southwest Virginia

Lace up your hiking boots and venture into the striking scenery of Southwest Virginia on an at-your-pace hiking adventure that includes yoga, bird walks, theater and more.
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Program No. 22828RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Revel in the feeling of freedom as you explore scenic Southwest Virginia. Alongside experienced experts, discover beautiful stretches of the Virginia Creeper Trail, the Appalachian Trail, state parks and nature preserves. Each day you'll choose from slower-paced or more challenging routes that pass through cool spruce and fir forests. Whichever path you choose, hike beside fresh mountain springs and follow paths to stone cliff outcrops and breathtaking mountain views.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Choose Your Pace
Each day, choose from multiple hiking options based on your desired level of challenge and pace, ranging from 5-7 miles on wooded trails. Outdoor: Challenging hikes follow the Appalachian 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 hikes led by knowledgeable experts on the Virginia Creeper Trail, the Appalachian Trail and in nature preserves, state parks and state forests.
  • Enjoy a professional performance at the world-famous Barter Theatre and explore the culturally rich town of Abingdon.
  • Learn after-hiking yoga relaxation techniques from a local expert to help you stretch and unwind after a day on the trails.

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. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Bruce Cook
Recently retired, Bruce Cook settled in Damascus, Virginia, where enjoys hiking, backpacking, cycling, kayaking, and fishing. It was a Road Scholar cycling program that first brought him here six years ago and he has since participated in a number of Road Scholar hiking, kayaking, and biking. Number one on his bucket list is to complete hiking the entire Appalachian Trail list.

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

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