MAY 21-28 2016

dfthJoin us for this 8 day, 7 night fly-drive excursion to the Appalachian Mountains in Tennessee and North Carolina in the spring. We will be using Gatlinburg, Tennessee, just outside the National Park, as our base for the entire trip and use vans to get to places within and around the park.
Highlights will be exploring the Great Smoky Mountains National Park including Cades Cove, Clingmans Dome, Mingus Grist Mill, the Mountain Farm Museum in Oconaluftee, and the
Cataloochee Valley with its wild turkeys and elk herds.
We want to experience the backwoods with its magnificent hardwood forests and many
creeks and waterfalls so we plan to hike almost every day for at least 3-7+ miles. Additionally we plan to visit the nearby Cumberland Gap National Historical Park and enjoy the short
hike through the Gap as well as visiting the magnificent Biltmore
Mansion in Asheville, NC.
Trip includes all transportation in Tennessee and North Carolina, 7 nights lodging, all breakfasts and two picnic lunches, and all admissions to scheduled places.
Trip does not include air fare to and from Tennessee and the remaining lunches anddfth
dinners and any optional admissions.
Trip cost is $1150 for Sierra Club Members ($1250 for non-members). A $500 deposit will hold your place on the trip with the remainder due by February 2016. For information and to apply, contact Mike Sappingfield at (949-768-3610) or write to him
at 26352 Via Juanita, Mission Viejo, CA 92691.
Leaders: Mike Sappingfield, Linda Ledger