Adventure lovers paradise!
Western North Carolina is home to the oldest mountain ranges in the world. The Blue Ridge and Great Smoky mountains are located here and help to create the highest land elevation in the Eastern United States. It is here that you will find Mount Mitchell, the highest mountain at 6,684ft, and Linville Gorge, the deepest gorge east of the Mississippi. The Blue Ridge Parkway connects amazing natural beauty with pioneer history to create the country’s most popular National Park. Come and find out why approximately 20 million people visit this area every year. Because of it’s exhilarating feel and natural abundance, it’s also the place where many famous movies were shot, like “The Last of the Mohicans”, “Hannibal”, and “The Fugitive”. You’ll spend time swimming and exploring the mountains, towns and cities that make this area famous. You will also visit the Cherokee Indian Reserve, volunteer for community service, soak in hot springs, wander through an old ghost town, try rock climbing and Mtn Biking, and have a lot of fun!
Days 1-3 Black Mountain: Explore the town of Black Mountain, climb on an Alpine tower, and hike up Mount Mitchell. It’s a great way to get to know your group and begin your journey!
Days 4-5 Asheville: This city is nestled between the Blue Ridge and Smokey Mountains, making it the perfect place for some outdoor exploration. You’ll spend time rock climbing, traveling to the many breathtaking sites along the Blue Ridge Parkway, seeing natural wonders like Chimney Rock, and exploring places like Grandfather Mountain, a mountain that has been designated as an International Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations.
Days 6-7 Brevard & Pisgah National Forest: Some of the state’s most beautiful rivers and trails can be found in Pisgah National Forest. While visiting the Brevard area, you will swim on natural water slides, go on an overnight hike, complete a community service project, and explore the local water falls.
Days 8-9 Bryson City area: This area is loaded with places to visit and activities for you to enjoy. You’ll explore the Cherokee Indian Reservation, spend time at Nantahala Gorge, paddle canoes on Fontana Lake, jump in a raft on the Nantahala river, see the famous Fontana Dam, and try your mtn biking legs on the famous trails at Tsali.
Day 10 Atlanta, GA: Spend the day at Six Flags over Georgia!
Days 11-13 Back to Pisgah National Forest: This time your visit will take the form of a hike along the world-famous Appalachian Trail, where you can stop and rest at the natural hot springs.
Days 14-16 Cherokee National Forest: This area is just right for a picture-perfect bike tour through lush forests, panoramic vistas and by bubbling, cold mountain streams. The tour is van supported, so you won’t need to carry anything on your bike. You’ll also spend some time below ground, checking out the amazing sport of spelunking in local caves that inspire visitors from all around the globe.
Day 17 Asheville: Final celebration!
Day 18: Home
Areas visited: Asheville – Black Mountain – Brevard – Pisgah National Forest – Bryson City – Boone
Highlights: Six Flags, alpine tower, canoe, road tour, mountain bike, hike along the AT, rock climb, experience caving, natural water slides, and explore the cities and towns of western North Carolina.
Ability level: Open
Accommodations: Mostly indoors, some camping
Trip Start / End: Asheville, NC
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