Each year spring crowns the Great Smoky Mountain National Park in North Carolina and Tennessee with a dazzling display of over 1,400 wildflower species.
Species include five species of trillium, stands of dwarf crested iris, beautiful showy orchis, carpets of foamflower, fringed and purple phacelia, and many, many others. The Great Smoky Mountains is the salamander capital of the world. Find over a dozen species including Jordan's Salamander, a large black species with a red check patch, whose range is restricted to the park. Hike along tumbling waterfalls, learn about pioneer life, and experience the overwhelming beauty of the Smoky Mountain ecosystems. Enjoy exploring little known sites selected for their beauty and diversity by experienced trip leaders.
Enjoy food prepared by our expert cook, Michele Wales.
Lodging is in a large, mountain chalet with fireplace.
At the end of the trip, stay in Asheville, NC for a day and tour the famous Biltmore House and Gardens. Enjoy George Vanderbilt’s 250-room chateau, and massive gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, who was responsible for designing many of America’s great gardens and parks, including Central Park in New York City.
Tour leaders, van transportation (travel to Gatlinburg is 11 or 12 hours from Ashland), meals, lodging, and fees.
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