April Programs at Great Smoky Mountains Institute



  1. Road Scholar Spring Hiking Week in the Smoky Mountains
  2. Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont
  3. Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Townsend, TN, April 12-17, 2020
Discover the beauty of spring in the most rugged mountains in Appalachia! Led by our education staff, daily hikes will explore the cultural and natural history of this region with its unique traditions and rich biodiversity. 

Daily hikes of 5 to 13 miles bring you into contact with the varied plant life, sparkling mountain streams and breathtaking mountain vistas of this ancient mountain chain. Wildflowers, rushing water, and the misty green of spring all combine to make this an unforgettable experience. In the evening, enjoy a fine meal at the Institute followed by Appalachian music and stories or educational sessions. Program lasts from Sunday supper through Friday breakfast.

Cost: $849

Register: https://www.roadscholar.org/find-an-adventure/2263/a-hiking-adventure-in-the-great-smoky-mountains

  1. Springtime in the Smokies Photography Workshop
  2. Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont
  3. Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  4. Townsend, TN, April 24–27, 2020

Bill Lea, a nationally recognized nature photographer, has been teaching Tremont's annual spring photography workshop since 1992. Springtime is a glorious time of year in the mountains. Unlike many photography workshops, our price includes meals, lodging and instruction by one of the finest teams of photography instructors anywhere in the country. Combine that with the location inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park and it is a real steal. 
The workshop emphasizes wildlife, landscape, and macro photography. Bill and his fantastic team of instructors tailor each program to the interests and skill level of each individual participant with plenty of one-on-one instruction. Field sessions and lectures will cover the use of light, composition, and equipment. Program lasts from Friday afternoon to Monday mid-morning.

Cost: $708

Register: http://gsmit.org/event/springtime-smokies-photography-workshop-2020/

Contact Name:

Kimberly Weber

Contact Phone:

(865) 448-6709

Contact Email:



9275 Tremont Rd.
Townsend, TN 37882
United States