Fee range: $590-$650; $530-$590 Gardens members and Duke staff and students
Springtime on the Blue Ridge Parkway offers a spectacular view of nature's wonders. The waterfalls of North Carolina are some of the most beautiful in the country, located in the midst of virgin forests undeveloped because of the terrain and with rich displays of wildflowers. Enjoy this three-day driving trip with Jan Little, Duke Gardens' director of education and public programs, and photographer Rick Fisher. Includes visits to Hanging Rock, Jeffress Park Cascade Falls and the Linville Falls area. Each stop will include a review of spring-blooming plants, photography strategies and natural history information, with presentations from park rangers where possible. The hiking trails, rated from easy to difficult, lead to vistas, waterfalls, caves and ridges. Fee includes transportation, entry fees, lodging, some meals, handouts and instruction. Registration (or cancellation) deadline is April 15. Motorcoach leaves at 7 a.m. Friday and returns at 6 p.m. Sunday.