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Great Smoky Mountains Fall Colors Tour
  • Date: Thursday, October 10th, 20192019-10-10 through Sunday, October 13th, 20192019-10-10
  • Time: All Day
  • Location: Great Smoky Mountain National ParkGreat Smoky Mountain National Park

Cost: $75 Student | $85 Guest 

Depart: Thursday, October 10 @ 8:00 am 

Return: Sunday, October 13 @ 5:00 pm 

Drive time: 5 hours 

Pre-trip meeting: Tuesday, October 8 @ 8:00 PM 


As the most biodiverse park of all the national parks in the US, Great Smoky Mountain National Park is home to an extremely wide variety of plants and animals. With over 800 square miles of land in the Appalachian Mountains, the Smokies are famously covered in trees whose colors change dramatically with the changing of the seasons. Come with us to see the wide variety of trees and colors that cover the mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina in the fall!

Included in your fee is the cost for covering all camping gear needed, with the exception of food. We will be camping at Cades Cove, an isolated valley located in the Tennessee section of the park. All you need to bring is your cozy fall clothes and your toothbrush! (Well, maybe a couple more things than that)


Day 1:

  1. Wake up and drive to Great Smoky Mountain National Park
  2. Visit our campsite in Cades Cove to set up our basecamp
  3. Hike Gregory Bald
  4. Take awesome photos for Instagram
  5. Head back to camp to relax
  6. Go to sleep by all the pretty trees!

Day 2:

  1. Wake up in the Smoky's
  2. Get ready to hike to Charlies Bunion!!
  3. Relax at the end of the trail to enjoy lunch with a view
  4. Head back to the van
  5. Explore one of the visitor centers
  6. Enjoy downtime at camp
  7. Catch the sunset at Clingmans Dome (6,643 ft.)
  8. Get a great night sleep

Day 3:

  1. Wake up in the Smoky's (again...)
  2. Hike to Chimney Tops
  3. Enjoy the views
  4. Hike to Middle Prong waterfall
  5. Enjoy lunch along the way
  6. Stop by the "sinks" before heading to camp
  7. Enjoy s'mores over a warm fire

Day 4:

  1. Last day in the Smoky's!
  2. Enjoy one last short hike
  3. Head to Gatlinburg to explore the town
  4. Stop for lunch
  5. Head back to campus

*All trips are subject to change due to weather, permitting and staffing

Sign up & attend this trip to receive a special discount to College Outside



Follow the instructions below

1. Go to https://online.spectrumng.net/wku (it will open a new window!) 
2. Click "Do not have login" (you will need to make an account!) 
3. Enter your 800# (or 500# if a Preston Only Member) for the Member Number (even if you do not have a current membership!)
4. Choose a username and password for your online account with us. 
5. Once you have an account set up, click the Home Icon in the top left (the picture, not the actual home letters)
6. Click on Program Registration in the middle of the page!
7. Select ‘ORAC’ 
8. Select the trip or skill clinic you want! 
9. Add to Cart 
10. Continue to Cart 
11. This should take you to the Payment Summary Screen. Enter your payment info and hit Submit Payment. 
12. BAMM You're registered for a trip

Contact: orac@wku.edu

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