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Asheville to Great Smoky Mountains

Day 1

Welcome to Asheville!

Afternoon

  • If flying, plan to arrive at Asheville Regional Airport 5:00 pm, gather your belongings, and make your way to your boutique hotel in Asheville where your Trip Leader will greet you.
  • After settling into your hotel, meet with your group in the lobby at 6:30 pm as your Trip Leader lays out the plan for an exciting long weekend ahead. 

Evening

  • Start off your adventure in North Carolina with a dish that is a local favorite: North Carolina Barbecue!
  • Wash down your dinner with a craft beer at one of the 26 craft breweries in the city.
  • Settle into your boutique hotel and rest up for the exciting adventures that await!

Day 2

Rafting the Nantahala River

Rafting the Nantahala River

Morning

  • Wake up early in Asheville and enjoy breakfast at your boutique hotel.
  • Depart Asheville and begin your journey towards the Great Smoky Mountains (~ 1.5 hours)
  • Upon arrival, take to the Nantahala River and begin your white water rafting adventure. Explore the Great Smoky Mountains by river as ride class II and III rapids, which are ideal for all experience levels. 

Afternoon

  • After getting your feet back on dry land, make your way towards Bryson city for some lunch.
  • Meander around this quaint mountain town, which is also home to part of the Appalachian Trail.

Evening

  • Make your way to your campsite, which will be your home away from home for the next two nights. 
  • Cook your first meal at camp as a group and then snuggle into your sleeping bag as you enjoy your first night sleeping in nature. 

Day 3

Hiking the Great Smoky Mountains

Hiking the Great Smoky Mountains

Morning

  • Wake up and enjoy a camp breakfast and get ready to explore more of the Great Smoky Mountains...this time, on foot!
  • Lace-up your hiking boots and follow the trails to make your way to Lonesome Pine Overlook. This hike is about 6 miles round trip and has a 2,000 foot elevation gain, but the work is well worth the reward! 
  • Once at the top, take in the breathtaking views of the Nantahala Mountains and the Nantahala National Forest, which is the largest national forest in North Carolina!

Afternoon

  • Make another visit to Bryson City for a much-needed energy boost after your morning hiking adventure. 
  • After lunch, visit the Nantahala Brewery, home to many award-winning brews, and learn about their brewing and sustainability practices. They are also known for sourcing their water straight from the Smoky Mountains, which is one of the purest watersheds in the world! 

Evening

  • Head back to your campsite and enjoy your last meal as a group by the campfire.
  • Share stories about your favorite part of your Great Smoky Mountains adventure, all while keeping a lookout for any shooting stars across the night sky.

Day 4

Waterfalls & Departure

Waterfalls & Departure

Morning

  • Rise and shine as you enjoy your last camp breakfast and pack up your belongings.
  • Squeeze in one more adventure as you hike the Deep Creek Waterfalls Trail. 
  • Along the way, you’ll pass three beautiful, cascading waterfalls that are sure to provide a relaxing soundscape for your hike.

Afternoon

  • Make one last stop in Bryson City for a bite to eat and to grab any last souvenirs to serve as a memory of your time in the Great Smoky Mountains. 
  • After lunch, make your way back to our hotel in Asheville and bid your new friends a fond farewell.
  • Make your own way to the airport to catch your flight back home, departing after 4:00 pm, or continue your adventure in Asheville.
  • If you will be extending your stay in Asheville or the surrounding areas, be sure to ask your Trip Leader for suggestions on what to do.

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