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Smoky Mountains and the Biltmore Estate

Smoky Mountain Wildflowers and Ecosystems

Leader: Dave Pro, John Harrod, & Michele Wales
Mon 4/17/2017 – Sat 4/22/2017
Depart Ashland
Members only - benefits of Membership »
Deposit to secure spot: $250
Price: $1,000 (price includes deposit)
Single supplement: $75 (additional to above price)
Trip#: T17803AS
Trip is full. Call to be put on waiting list: 302.239.2334 x134

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.

Landscape & Wildlife

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.

Culinary Experiences

Enjoy food prepared by our expert cook, Michele Wales.


Lodging is in a large, mountain chalet with fireplace.

Beautiful Garden Estate

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.

Also included

Tour leaders, van transportation (travel to Gatlinburg is 11 or 12 hours from Ashland), meals, lodging, and fees.

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Trip is full
Call to be put on waiting list:
302.239.2334 x 134
Office hours: Mon - Fri, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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