This is car camping at its best: two beautiful day hikes along the Appalachian Trail, flush toilets, hot showers, and a town that is close enough for a late night beer or ice cream run.
Standing Indian Campground is our base for these two day hikes on the Appalachian Trail.
Friday: Drive up to the campground which is just west of Franklin, NC. We have a group campsite reserved for up to 25 people. There are 6 spots available here and 19 on the Charleston Hiking Group site. Since the campsite is just a few yards from our parking spot, leave the freeze dried stuff at home and bring out the folding chairs and the gourmet food.
Saturday: Hike 9.6 miles from Rock Gap north to Wayah Gap. This section includes great views from the summit of Siler Bald. After the hike we will return to our campsite.
Sunday: Hike 7.6 miles south from Rock Gap to Mooney Gap. The Appalachian trail along this section skirts the summit of Albert Mountain for outstanding views all the way to the Little Tennessee River Valley.