Southern Appalachian Explorer: Unto These Hills

May 28 – June 1

Our Featured Mountain Exploration Trip This Year – Discover North Carolina’s “Far West” and What Lies Beyond

The Snowbird Cherokees.  Junaluska and Tsali.  Joyce Kilmer.  Babcock Lumber.  The Tennessee Copper Company and the Ducktown Desert.  Perhaps just vague or unfamiliar names . . . but all represent fascinating stories, set in the southwestern-most “high Appalachians” – reaching elevations over 5500 feet, and nestled in the border region of North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia.  We’ll spend two nights each in the Snowbird Lodge and the Brasstown Resort, soaking in the sweet mountain air and over-the-top natural beauty – all in spring peak form, while getting acquainted with the stories that mark the uneven human past of the region.

Trip highlights:

  • Multi-night stays in two excellent mountain inns
  • The breath-taking Cherohala Skyway (scenic highway)
  • The Joyce Kilmer Memorial Park – virgin mountain forest
  • Legendary waterways: Little Tennessee River / Cheoah Dam; Big Snowbird Creek / Lake Santeetlah; Bald River Falls / the Tellico River
  • Local museums, local experts: great stories on location

Trip price:  $1,779 / person (double occupancy; single supplement, $635); price includes 4 nights high-standard accommodation in excellent inns; all breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners; all touring and activities per the itinerary; comfortable van transportation.  Price does not include one lunch, one dinner, alcohol, or optional trip insurance.

Click here for the trip registration form.


Chumley’s take:  The Southern Appalachians are a vast region with endless possibilities for exploration.  This trip features important and great stories from the southwestern-most region of high peaks – an area that lies off the map of the general public.


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Greenville, SC 29604