Off The Beaten Path : Group Guided Journey : Highlights

Splendor in the Smokies
Spring and Fall in Great Smoky Mountain National Park


2017 DEPARTURES

4/9-4/14, 10/15-10/20

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Trip Length 6 days/5nights
Group Size 4-16
Arrive/Depart Knoxville, Tennessee
Price From $3,195 to $3,595
If you have questions about this journey or would like to receive a detailed trip brochure, call 800-445-2995 or click here.

Trip Motif Wildlife Natural History Splendor In The Smokies : Journey Highlights





Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the largest natural areas in the East, renowned for its spring wildflowers: trilliums, orchids, black-eyed Susans, and more—to say nothing of the flowering shrubs like dogwood, redbud, rhododendron, and azalea. It’s intoxicating. And in the fall, oh mercy. Autumn leaves on the sugar maples, scarlet oak, sweetgum, and hickories wash a palette of brilliant reds, yellows, and oranges across one of the largest deciduous old-growth forests left in North America. This very active hiking adventure takes you off the beaten path to discover hewn-log cabins, family cemeteries, and moonshine caves.

You’ll hike on the Appalachian Trail, and as a park insider, venture into secluded corners not marked on the park map or in any guidebook. You can peek into an Appalachian Trail shelter and read the register, and take in a 360° view from Clingman’s Dome. At each day’s end, a classic, country inn awaits, with opportunities to relax by the stone fireplace, walk out the door to explore the historic Arts and Crafts Trail, or meditate on the day’s goodness with a walk on the path of a labyrinth.