Blue Ridge Discovery

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Blue Ridge Discovery


North Carolina
South Carolina

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10 Days

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​Arrive & depart: Hendersonville, NC

Embrace the beauty of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains this summer! This wild land is known for the world over for its biodiversity with plant and wildlife species. Backpack among cascading waterfalls and lush forests in Pisgah or Nantahala National Forest. Learn canoe strokes on Lake Jocassee, and hone your rafting skills on two Wild and Scenic Rivers. Rock climb on ancient granite, and then take on world-renowned trails in DuPont State Forest on your bike.

*The Blue Ridge Discovery trip is full for boys, with two spots left for girls.

*This itinerary is subject to change.

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Blue Ridge Discovery Itinerary

Backpack in Pisgah or Nantahala National Forest

Wander for three days through the magical Pisgah or Nantahala National Forest, where you’ll find some of the highest peaks (reaching over 6,000 feet) on the east coast. In fact, you may get to stand atop a mountain whose summit affords views into four different states. More than 250 waterfalls abound in western NC, and you’ll get to splash around in many of them. This area is also known for soaring, smooth granite monoliths and vibrant rhododendron blooms, and has one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world.

Whitewater raft the Nantahala River

The Nantahala River is one of the most popular rivers in the Southeastern U.S. for whitewater enthusiasts of all abilities. Bounce down class II and III rapids and marvel at the crystal-clear water with the gorgeous Nantahala Gorge as your scenery.

Rock climb at Gilbert's Rock

This granite formation peeking out from the hills is 250 million years old! We’ll set up many routes of varying difficulties, so you can work your way up the challenge ladder as you feel ready. When you reach the top after being cheered on by your friends, take a minute to soak in the 50-mile view.

Mountain bike in DuPont State Forest

Acclaimed single-track trails await in this pine woodland, whose 100 miles of trails are perfect for riders of all abilities. Small lakes and creeks flow throughout DuPont’s 10,000 acres, which means we’ll get to take a mid-day dip. You’ll pedal past thundering waterfalls and over slickrock—a rare find in North Carolina, as it’s very similar to what you’d find out West. Bonus: Ride past Triple Falls, another Hunger Games filming site!

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Included in Tuition:
  • All meals
  • Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, backpack, and all group gear
  • Guided activities
Not Included in Tuition:
  • Trip insurance
  • Personal clothing and items



Mountain Biking

Rock Climbing

Whitewater Rafting