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
Vertical Bog, Bear Pen Gap, Wet Camp Gap
Lake Junaluska, North Carolina
Purchase Knob, Free Time
Lake Junaluska, North Carolina
Native Plants, Q&A, Program Concludes
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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Scott Dean
Scott was born and raised in the coalfields of West Virginia and southwestern Virginia but has lived in western North Carolina since 1992. He attended UNC-Asheville, earning a degree in biology, with a focus on the flora, fauna and geology of the southern Appalachians. For ten years, he was a walk leader and featured speaker for the UNC-Asheville Wildflower Pilgrimage. He has developed curricula, and teaches field classes for the Blue Ridge Naturalist program now offered at the North Carolina Arboretum.

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

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