North Carolina
A Wildflower Quest in the Mountains of Western North Carolina
Explore world-famous wildflower trails in the Great Smoky Mountains and Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, stopping to identify blossoms with a naturalist along the way.
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Program No. 23036RJ
6 days
Starts at
6 days
5 nights
14 meals
5B 4L 5D
Baxter Creek Trail, Identifying Keys, Concert
Lake Junaluska, North Carolina
Purchase Knob, Free Time
Lake Junaluska, North Carolina
Vertical Bog, Bear Pen Gap, Wet Camp Gap
Lake Junaluska, North Carolina
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At a Glance

The Great Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Parkway are abloom in spring and summer with countless species of wildflowers, just blowing in the breeze and awaiting your discovery. With an expert naturalist, learn to identify the diverse flora along creek-side trails, through hardwood forests, on Appalachian peaks and in open, grassy fields. Linger in sunny meadows as you watch for butterflies and learn about bird migration, and breath it all in as you enjoy 360-degree mountain views.
Activity Level
Outdoor: No Sweat
Long walks (up to 4 miles a day) on well-traveled trails, sometimes uphill.
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 along well-known wildflower trails from Kephart Prong to Baxter Creek.
  • During picnic lunches in lovely natural settings, learn about flower identification and the history and environments of the areas you’ll be exploring from your expert naturalist.
  • Each evening, enjoy live regional music performances and presentations on topics from Big Foot to European explorers, Bartram and Michaux, and the local Cherokee peoples.
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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.
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Lee Knight
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