QM09 Excursion

Wednesday, April 1

We have arranged three exciting excursions for the afternoon of Wednesday, April 1 that should appeal to a wide range of interests: either a beautiful hike in the Smoky mountains, a fascinating Civil War history tour with experienced guides, or inspection of high technology at the SNS and NCCS. Please, verify that your registration form in Indico properly indicates your excursion choice and that of any accompanying persons and check whether the corresponding excursion fee has been paid. Each person may only participate in at most one excursion. The excursion fee is payable in advance either along with or separately from the conference registration fee using the same payment details described here.

The deadline is February 25 for (a) selecting at most one optional excursion per person via the conference registration form, including modifying an existing registration as needed, (b) sending additional information for any Accompanying Persons if Excursion #3 is selected (complete name, citizenship, birth date, and birth country of accompanying person, as well as the name of the associated regular conference participant sent to qm09@ornl.gov), and (c) paying the corresponding excursion transportation fee. After February 25, excursion registrations will only be accepted at the discretion of the conference organizers and unpaid excursions risk being cancelled.

Pick up provided box lunch before getting on the bus. Details are provided below concerning the 3 choices.


US $25 transportation fee per person.

Laurel Falls waterfall (2.6 mile round trip hike on paved trail) located in the Great Smoky Mountains. Other trails for more experienced hikers are under consideration.

Backup plan in case of steady rain: Park Visitor Center and visit to Gatlinburg, TN.

Bear Waterfall
Smokies Stream



US $35 transportation fee per person. Dinner (and, in case of rain, the aquarium admission fee as well) is individually paid for at additional charge with credit card or US dollars during tour.

Civil War History Tour of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park

Chickamauga (Georgia) Battlefield, Chickamauga Visitors Center, and 7 mile tour

Chattanooga (Tennessee) Lookout Mountain Battlefield, Visitors Center, and Point Park

Chattanooga National Cemetery

Backup plan in case of steady rain: Chattanooga Aquarium (individually paid at additional charge).

Dinner in Chattanooga (individually paid at additional charge).

Cemetery Lookout Mountain



US $25 transportation fee per person.

An ORNL visitor badge is required and must be worn during this excursion. The conference registration form collects sufficient information for conference participants selecting this excursion to be provided with a visitor badge. The following additional information is needed for any accompanying persons to obtain an ORNL visitor badge: complete name, citizenship, birth date, and birth country, as well as the name of the associated regular conference participant. This information must be sent to qm09@ornl.gov before February 25, 2009. Photo identification (passport, driver license, etc.) must be presented at the conference to receive the ORNL Event badge required to board the bus for this excursion.

Spallation Neutron Source

NCCS Everest Visualization Room

ORNL Graphite Reactor

Power Wall Graphite Reactor