23501
North Carolina

Exploring the Trails of the Great Smoky Mountains

Ascend Clingmans Dome, visit LeConte Lodge, hike a section of the Appalachian Trail, learn about the region’s history and see what makes the Smoky Mountains so great.
Program No. 23501RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
949

At a Glance

Hike the trails of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on an amazing adventure. Experience the rugged beauty of the region from the highest point in the park, Clingmans Dome, and hike a section of the Appalachian Trail. Hike five miles up to iconic Mt. LeConte, the only lodge in the Park. Gain insight into the human history of this majestic region with a visit to the Mountain Farm Museum and Cataloochee Valley.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Hiking up to 11 miles over mountainous terrain ranging from grassy valleys to rocky slopes, steps and narrow inclines with cable handholds. Elevations above 6,000 feet.
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 ...

  • Visit Clingmans Dome, the highest point in the Park, and then hike a section of the Appalachian Trail.
  • Hike to iconic LeConte Lodge for a rustic lunch.
  • Observe protected elk and historic structures in Cataloochee Valley.

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.
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Brent Martin
Brent Martin is the owner/operator of Cowee, N.C.-based Alarka Institute and Expeditions, which offers a wide variety of nature-based workshops and outings. He has worked in conservation for 25 years, most recently serving for over a decade as the southern Appalachian regional director for The Wilderness Society. He lectures widely on the 18th-century American naturalist William Bartram and the cultural and natural history of western North Carolina's Little Tennessee River Valley.

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

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