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Laurel Falls | Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Laurel Falls SNA, TN

Date: Saturday – Sunday, April 7-8 
Cost: $64/$70 
Registration Deadline: Friday, March 30

Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, April 3 at 6:00 pm at the ORC

Laurel Falls State Natural Area is a beautiful place in the spring! On Saturday, we will hike up a creek, passing house sized boulders.  The hike will lead us to the impressive Laurel Waterfall, and our campsite will be on top, not that far from the top of the waterfall.   On Sunday a side hike to a panoramic overlook is a great way to start the day!  Expect to hike 6-8 miles total on moderately difficult trails.  This trip is designed for the experienced backpacker or the ambitious beginner.  The trails are rocky (and challenging) in places, and easy in other places.  Overall, the reward is well worth the effort.

Estimated trip duration: 7 am Sat. – 7 pm Sun.

Great Smoky Mountain National Park, TN/NC

Date: Friday – Monday, May 4-7 
Cost: $136/$149 
Registration Deadline: Friday, April 6

Pre-Trip Meetings: # 1 Thursday, April 12 at 5:00 pm at the ORC
         # 2 Wednesday, April 18 at 5:00 pm at the ORC

Springtime in the Smokies:  a perfect way to round off another semester at Vanderbilt!  We plan on hiking three 5-8 mile days up, down, and around the Smokies.  Specific trails are still to be determined.  Beginners are welcome, but you need to be in shape, as the terrain will be challenging!  Be prepared for all types of weather.  We will have two one-hour important Pre-Trip Meetings for this trip.  Please plan to attend both.  

Estimated trip duration: 8 am Fri. – 8 pm Mon.