23531
North Carolina

Hike, Raft & Ride: The Great Smoky Mountains With Your Grandchild

Share your passion for the great outdoors with your grandchild as you hike, raft, ride a historic railroad and learn the story of the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains.
Program No. 23531RJ
Length
5 days
Starts at
999 / ADULT
649 / CHILD
5 days
4 nights
11 meals
4B 3L 4D
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At a Glance

Over the river, and through the wood — to the Great Smoky Mountains we go! Share the rugged mountains of western North Carolina with your grandchild as you hike and raft your way into memories that will last a lifetime. Experience the thrill of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Great Smokies as you raft crystal-clear water through the forested river gorge, hike on the Appalachian Trail and summit Clingmans Dome, the highest point in Tennessee. When not on the trail, learn about what life was like for the Cherokee and early European settlers in authentic villages and enjoy a ride on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.
Activity Level
Varies by date
Walking up to 4 miles on rocky uphill terrain; elevation above 6,000 feet.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Venture into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to hike along the Appalachian Trail and view the remnants of a former Civilian Conservation Corps camp.
  • Dive deep into Cherokee history and culture as you explore the Oconaluftee Indian Village.
  • Journey to Bryson City to ride the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad across fertile valleys and over Lake Fontana to go river rafting on the Nantahala River.
Featured Expert
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Freeman Owle
Born and reared on the Cherokee Indian Reservation, Freeman Owle received a master’s degree from Florida State University. After teaching in the Cherokee school system, Freeman now teaches and lectures on Cherokee history and legends throughout the United States. He enjoys stone and wood carving, a legacy of his Cherokee ancestry.

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

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Sue Wasserman
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Freeman Owle
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Lee Knight
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