The Great Smoky Mountains Institute, in conjunction with Road Scholar, is offering a week-long hiking seminar next month.
Led by the education staff of the GSMIT, daily hikes will explore the cultural and natural history of the Smokies region with its unique traditions and rich biodiversity. Each day, between October 9-14, hikers will start off with a hot breakfast before heading out on the trail.
Daily hikes of 5 to 13 miles will bring you into contact with the varied plant life, sparkling mountain streams, and breathtaking mountain vistas of the Smokies. Fall color reaches its peak this time of year, so you'll have an excellent opportunity to watch the spectacular colors progress during the week. In the evenings, enjoy a fine meal at the Institute followed by Appalachian music and stories or educational sessions. Program lasts from Sunday supper through Friday breakfast.
At $533, the program isn't for everyone, but if you're looking for an educational experience while hiking, and a chance to meet new hiking friends, this is a perfect option.
For more information and to sign-up, please click here.