The Appalachian Experience
Learn the story of Appalachia through daily hikes, conversations with a naturalist and performances of the poetry, crafts and music that are deeply rooted in mountain traditions.
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Program No. 9482RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Immerse yourself in the culture of Appalachia as you examine its deep roots in tradition and family and learn about simple mountain living. Take daily walks to appreciate this ancient landscape, enjoy the quiet solitude of its diverse forests and meandering streams and sit on top of its impressive overlooks as you learn more of the natural history of the Appalachian Mountains.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Minimal walking and standing most days. Hike two miles on Day 3 on flat dirt road through hardwood forest.
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 ...

  • Join an eclectic mix of welcoming locals as they share their Appalachian experience through traditional tales and folk wisdom.
  • Enjoy expert presentations on Appalachian poetry, storytelling, music making and crafting.
  • Hike two miles round trip with naturalists on trails around the lodge.
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Alice Kinder
Alice Kinder was born the youngest of eight children, a coal miner’s daughter, in Virginia. She has been teaching English and an array of writing and literature courses for 26 years. Among research closest to her heart are the oral traditions of Appalachia, specifically how they are representative of Appalachian cultural values and are being changed by mainstream society. Alice also has a keen interest in detective fiction.
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