Switchbacks and Summits
Hiking & Nature in North Carolina
April 5 - 10, 2020
In the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, wildflowers line rugged trails, and switchbacks guide determined hikers to awe-inspiring summits to look out upon sparkling mountain lakes and green pastures. With a band of like-minded hikers and an expert naturalist, learn about wildflowers, trees, plants and rock formations. Discover the charming hidden-gem town of Highlands, and top off an incredible week of hiking with a farm-to-table feast and Appalachian music.
Brent Martin is the owner/operator of Cowee, N.C.-based Alarka Institute and Expeditions, which offers a wide variety of nature-based workshops and outings. He has worked in conservation for 25 years, most recently serving for over a decade as the southern Appalachian regional director for The Wilderness Society. He lectures widely on the 18th-century American naturalist William Bartram and the cultural and natural history of western North Carolina's Little Tennessee River Valley.
For full retreat information and to register visit their website bellow:
Program: April 5-10, 2020
Registration opens: Now
This event will sell out well in advance, please register and pay in full to secure your place
Can't make it to the April event?
5 nights of accommodations
13 meals (5B, 3L, 5D)
1 expert-led lecture
6 expert-led field trips
4 hands-on experiences
An experienced Group Leader
Customary gratuities throughout the program
Road Scholar Assurance Plan
$1,049 for Double Occupancy
$1,149 for Single Occupancy
"Beautiful region! Moderate to challenging hikes. Friendly environment and excellent food at The Mountain."
-Amy Class of 2016 Wimauma, Fl