23804
Virginia

Choose Your Pace: Hike, Kayak & Canoe in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Grab your hiking boots and explore the most beautiful sections of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains at your desired pace while also learning kayak and canoeing tips from the experts.
Program No. 23804RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
999
Special Offer
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
5B 4L 5D
1
Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center at Smith Mountain Lake
2
Canoe/Kayak Smith Mountain Lake, High Ropes Course, Hike
W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center at Smith Mountain Lake
3
Boating on a Local River
W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center at Smith Mountain Lake
4
Hike on Blue Ridge Parkway Trails, Summit Sharp Top
W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center at Smith Mountain Lake
5
Apple Orchard Mountain Hike on the AT, Performance
W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center at Smith Mountain Lake
6
Program Concludes
W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center at Smith Mountain Lake
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At a Glance

As the oldest mountain chain in North America, formed 480 million years ago, the Appalachian Mountains boast a history that runs as deep as the lakes that surround its foothills. Delve into the geology of this mighty land while choosing the pace that’s perfect for your desired level of activity during Blue Ridge Mountain hikes. When you’re not lacing up your boots, take your learning to the tranquil Smith Mountain Lake and hone your kayak and canoe skills with the experts. No matter what type of outdoor adventure you seek, the idyllic Virginia landscapes make the perfect classroom.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Choose Your Pace
Each day, choose from three hiking options or two canoe/kayak options based on your desired level of challenge and pace. Depending on the day, hikes range from 1.5-8 miles on maintained trails, varied terrain. Canoe/kayak options range from 8-14 miles.
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 ...

  • Choose the hike perfect for your pace as you explore the seemingly endless Appalachian trails with an expert hiker.
  • Enjoy a fascinating lecture from Leonard Adkins, five-time Appalachian Trail thru-hiker and author of more than twenty books.
  • Experience a variety of exciting outdoor activities such as kayaking, canoeing, archery, golf and an exhilarating ropes course.

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 single room to yourself for only $100 more (for many programs).
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Leonard Adkins
Leonard Adkins has hiked more than 19,000 miles through the backcountry areas of North America, Europe and the Caribbean, including five treks of the entire Appalachian Trail. He has authored 16 books on the outdoors, including five on the Appalachian Trail, and has served on the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club’s board of directors and as a Natural Heritage Monitor and ridgerunner for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. He has been sharing his knowledge with Road Scholar for more than 10 years.

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

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Leonard Adkins
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