Scenery and the wonders of nature await the Friends as Dr. Robert Wyatt, Friends president and Director Emeritus of the Highlands Biological Station in North Carolina leads a trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains where flora and fauna are extremely diverse. Participants will also hike to the top of Whiteside Mountain, the highest point in the Chattooga River basin, where salamanders, ravens, and peregrine falcons live. This easy to moderate excursion will be followed by a visit to Gorges State Park to hike (rated moderate) along the Horsepasture River and view a spectacular series of waterfalls: Drift, Turtleback, Rainbow, and Stairstep. The group will stay at The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center on Little Scaly Mountain. You don’t want to miss this adventure!