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Charit Creek Back Country Lodge - Hikin' and Pickin'

UPDATE on Oct 31, 2012. We are basically a week away from this fun event so make plans to attend and finalize your reservations soon. Several new things and reminders.....

1) The Park Service has postponed the planned preservation/upkeep projects so we will not be completing any work at this event. This gives us more relaxing time but maybe we can return in the future to help out the lodge,

2) Saturday's events will include a 5 mile hike for everyone to some rather huge spectacular natural arches and views. There are more trails to explore if desired.

3) As a reminder, if you are interested in horseback riding please let me know so I can place a reservation. They are offering a great trip crossing streams and ending at the South Fork of the Cumberland River. Cost is $60 per person which is paid the day of the ride.

4) I will be sending travel coordination info to help facilitate ride sharing early next week.

5) The long range forecast looks great with 60 degs during the day and mid 30's at night. Perfect weather for a wilderness lodge experience.

6) Friends and family are welcome where the more we have, the more fun the event will be. The guest limit is set at 4 but let me know if you have more than that.

7) As a note from your organizer, this is a unique event and rarely do events like this arise so I expected the lodge reservations to fill near capacity. A wilderness lodge, kerosene lighting, great food and fellowship, the smell of wood stoves, great hikes, horesback riding, and a bluegrass band just for us. What could be better. Interestingly, the response has not been what was expected but I promise you, anyone who goes will have a great time and have fond memories of the Charit Creek Lodge with plans to return again in the future.


Hi Everyone, Wanted to offer an invitation to Celebrate Atlanta to join Outdoor Club South for an off the grid trip to a back country lodge in northern Tennessee. This is truly a unique opportunity to step back in time and do something few people experience. No electricity, lighting by kerosene lanterns, wood stoves, great hiking, just plain chilli-n and plans for a bluegrass band playing on Saturday night.

Get your hiking shoes and get ready for a great Back Country weekend of outdoor adventure, fun, and Bluegrass Music! We'll enjoy a great hike, star gazing, great food and our own private Bluegrass/Folk Band. This event was put together as the Friends of Creek Weekend so we are going to donate some of our time to help with upkeep projects and preservation in exchange for the discounted rate they've extended to Outdoor Club South and Celebrate Atlanta.

Charit Creek is in the Big South Fork National River Park at the Cumberland River and it is understand to be the oldest inhabited building in the US Park System built in the early 1800’s. Our trip will depart on Friday, November 9 at Noon (plan your vacation day) and we will drive up, hike one mile to the lodge and have a great evening meal. Saturday will offer a variety of activities including a 5 mile hike to some spectacular natural arches, simply relax, optional horseback riding, and helping around the lodge for an hour or two. Saturday night will begin with a great evening meal followed by Bluegrass/Folk music by the Old Mill Road Band ( What could be better, a lodge lit by kerosene lamps, wood stoves, Bluegrass music and great fellowship. We will also have a Ms Hillbilly Contest so gals get out your best Elli May or Daisy Duke clothes and there will be a Mr. Mountain Man contest so dudes get out your best Jethro Bodine duds. On Sunday, we will take our time after breakfast and depart around 10-11 am for home. This will be a very fun trip so reserve your spot.

The following are FAQ details about the trip.

Departure: Meet at 11:30am on Friday November 9th at the Acworth Park and Ride. If you are traveling north on I-75 ( take I-75 North Toward Marietta/Chattanooga). Take the Highway 92 exit, Exit Number 277. Turn left onto Highway 92 and then right onto Lake Acworth Drive. The Park and Ride Lot is directly on your right.
The goal is to depart at 12:00 noon. Please eat before departure or bring a lunch with you.
Carpool: The distance is about 250 miles which will take about 4 ½ hours. If you know of other people who have signed up and you are going to carpool with them, please drop me a note so I can keep up with who is riding in what car. It is up to your driver to determine the cost per person.

The Hike In: No cars can park at the lodge and there are two approach trails but we will take the shortest trail in which is about 1 mile from the parking lot to the lodge and it is down hill into a valley. Easy.
Lodging: Charit Creek consists of 2 lodge rooms with single and double bunk beds and 2 log cabins with double bunk so each accommodates 12 persons. All beds have comfortable mattresses, sheets, wool blankets, and pillows. In your reservation reply, please let me know if you have a desired bunkmate as simply a matter of information. All of the rooms are heated with a wood stove.
Bathrooms: There is a restroom facility with toilets and sinks and it is heated. Showers are available also.
Dinning Hall: There is a common area dining hall with kerosene lighting and a wood stove. Over time, visitors have donated a large number of board games for your use.

Food: Meals are cooked on-site in a separate kitchen building and all China and utensils are provided by the facility. The evening meals will include Lasagna and smoked meats, salad bar, vegetables, bread, homemade deserts and so forth. Breakfast will be hearty breakfast of eggs, bacon, biscuits and Sat lunch will be a big sandwich spread where you can make your own sandwich your way. If you are a vegetarian, please notify me and we will work to accommodate your request. Coffee, hot water for tea or hot chocolate, and water are provided during the day. You are welcome to bring your own tea bags and soft drinks but remember you will need a soft cooler for your drinks if they need to be kept cold.
Alcoholic Beverages: You are permitted to bring your own alcoholic beverages. We will have ice on-hand but I suggest you bring a hard cooler in the car and transfer the contents to a soft sided cooler for the hike in. A word of caution: This is a fun event and we want everyone to have a great time but everyone is expected to use sensible restraint on consumption.
Stargazing: If the sky is clear, night time is a great time for star gazing. There is no light pollution so it is simply great. If anyone is an astronomy buff, please let me know as we can have a great session on Friday night for those interested in this.
Optional Horse Back Riding: The lodge has horse rails out front and we have access to horseback riding from the lodge to the South Fork of the Cumberland River. It is nice ride about 2 – 2 ½ hours crossing streams along the way. Cost will be $60 per person. It is not necessary to pre-pay for the horseback riding as you will pay the equestrian company directly but you need to let me know if you desire a reservation.

Cell Phones, Computers, I pads, Etc,: There is virtually no cell network and no computer network or electricity at the lodge. Nothing works off the grid so you will be out of touch.
What to Bring:
1. Lots of Fun and Fellowship!!!
2. Warm weather clothes – You will receive an email the week of the event about the forecast.
3. Rain Jacket
4. A small back pack is recommended because it is easier but a small duffel works also.
5. Clothes for the weekend – always include layers like a fleece pullover
6. Hat and gloves if the temps drop at night
7. Good walking shoes – plus an extra pair of shoes.
8. Bath Towel and toiletries
9. Country duds for Saturday night (Ms Beverly Hillbilly Mr Mountain Man Contest)
10. Any snacks you desire, soft drinks, and Alcoholic Beverages. Soft drinks will also be available for purchase at Charit Creek Lodge.
11. (I will bring a box of ear plugs if we have guys sawing logs at night.)
Reservations and Cancellations: Reservations are received on a first come first serve basis from Outdoor Club South, Celebrate Atlanta and previous visitors to the lodge so it is important to make your reservations as soon as possible. Payment is required at the time of the reservation. I also understand things arise and you might not be able to go on the trip. I will keep a wait list active if it fills up and help you as much as possible but you will be responsible for finding someone to replace you because the trip is not refundable.
Trip Helpers: I could use several people to help out with coordination of events on the trip so please let me know if you are interested in helping out.

Late Arrivals: For those who cannot get off work on Friday and will drive up later, I will provide directions to the lodge. The address shown is in the area but there is no physical address for the lodge and a GPS has limited capability when you are off the grid like this trip.
Reservation notice to the Trip Organizer:
In your reservation reply, you will be asked the following questions:
1) If you are reserving as a couple, please let me know your names. For singles, do you have a desired bunkmate? If so, please specify their name.
2) If you are planning to bring a guest – please tell me their name so I can have a complete roster.
3) Do you plan to drive? How many carpool passengers can you take besides you?
4) Do you require vegetarian meals?
5) Do you wish to make a reservation for horseback riding on Saturday? How many persons?
6) Please ask any questions!!!!!!

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