Turkey Pen weekend camping trip

I am working on scheduling a weekend camping trip to Turkey Pen.

I'm still working on the specifics but here's what I've got so far:

Arrive at Food Lion at noon on[masked] and head to Turkey Pen.
Setup camp and hike around the area until dinner.
Bonfire at dark
Cleanup and pack out in the morning.
Be back in time for St Patty's day festivities on Sunday.

Feel free to join us for the whole time, part of the time, or even just the bonfire.

Thanks and we'll see you on the trail!

Chris

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  • Steve R.

    To those of you who saw the "eel thing", it was a fresh water lamprey. They are "characterized by a toothed, funnel-like sucking mouth and range anywhere from 5 to 40 inches in length.
    While lampreys are well known for those species which bore into the flesh of other fish to suck their blood, most species of lamprey are not parasitic and never feed on other fish."
    "The lampreys are a very ancient lineage of vertebrates Fossils have been found dating back 360 million years."
    I've uploaded a picture

    1 · March 18, 2013

    • Karin H.

      Whoa - I never knew we had such things here!! It looks like there is only species it cd be for our region - and fairly endangered here and most places. You can go to this link and then click on the Ohio lamprey for all kinds of info!http://www.natureserv...­

      March 18, 2013

  • ronald e.

    Great overnight trip. Thanks to all for a good time. Can't wait for the next one.

    1 · March 18, 2013

  • Karen

    Had a great time and would like to camp again!

    1 · March 18, 2013

  • Chris

    Awesome group and amazing weather. I can't wait to get back out and do some more camping. :)

    March 17, 2013

    • Karin H.

      That was great! Glad to at least come out for part of it - so perfect place and weather! Thanks for organizing!

      1 · March 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had planned on meeting up Sunday morning, but as of today I have a meeting at 10 a.m. Sunday. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

    March 16, 2013

  • Lee S.

    Meet you at the trail head.

    March 16, 2013

  • Karin H.

    Some things came up w/ my daughter, so am planning to hike down there w/ you all but not camp. I'll come to the trailhead (I'd assume you're getting there by 12:30 or maybe just before that. thx!

    March 16, 2013

  • ronald e.

    I am planning on going early. Will meet up at trailhead.

    March 15, 2013

  • Louise P.

    Sorry - I have to back out. I don't think I'm ready for trail camping. I need to save up and buy a small tent and other stuf. See you on the next trail :)

    March 15, 2013

    • Anna M.

      Yes, I recall you had a nice setup when we were camping down in Georgia!!!!

      March 15, 2013

  • Chris

    I'm going to try to get to Food Lion a little early. anyone interested in going in on some smores?

    March 15, 2013

  • Alicia K.

    No problem about the BBQ, Chris. We'll just meet up with y'all in the woods sometime mid-afternoon... see you there!

    1 · March 14, 2013

    • Chris

      Thanks for understanding. :)

      March 15, 2013

  • Sutton

    I will contribute for the BBQ, Chris. Brevard forecast Sat low 45, 20% chance of showers. Sun high 61, 40% showers. Looking forward to this trip.

    March 14, 2013

    • Chris

      Sutton, I'm showing a high of 68 and 20% chance in Mills River for Saturday!

      March 14, 2013

  • Chris

    I hate to do this but I'm going to have to cancel the bbq. I just dont have enough time to get it going and ready. :( Sorry everyone.

    March 14, 2013

  • Alicia K.

    Chris, I'm bringing two friends and we would all love to contribute for some BBQ if you'll have enough to go around! :) Just let me know if that's alright, and if we can bring some buns or chips or something like that!

    March 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am going to back out on this, I can't figure out what or how to pack. I think I need a larger pack.
    If anyone is interested in leading a hike like this and teach someone what and how to pack would LOVE it. thanks

    March 13, 2013

  • mike

    Is my dog allowed on this trip?

    March 10, 2013

    • Chris

      well behaved dogs are welcome. :)

      March 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is this backpacking or car camping?

    March 10, 2013

    • Chris

      backpacking but we'll be close enough to the cars to make additional trips if needed.

      March 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I haven't been to Turkey Pen so what I am trying to find out is will be leaving vehicles at Food Lion or is there plenty of parking and if I am understanding what I read on the trail to the camping area right, we will hike to the camping area. Is that right?

    March 9, 2013

    • Chris

      There should be plenty of parking at the trail head.

      March 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is this a campground

    March 8, 2013

    • Chris

      Sorry if the instructions were vague. We will be hiking in 1.6 miles from the parking area to a campsite, not a camp ground. Please print the map and the following description for the trip. :) From the parking area, follow the trail to the left of the road for .4 miles until you see the bridge on the left. After crossing the bridge, continue to the right until you come to a left fork that heads uphill. In .5 miles, you will come to a fork to your left but continue straight for .7 miles. The woods will become less dense at this point and the trail will level out. Head to the left, towards the river.

      March 11, 2013

  • Cole C.

    I am leaving from the Turkey Pen Parking lot...may be late...but hope to meet up at fireside.

    1 · March 10, 2013

  • Sutton

    Coming from Greenville.

    1 · March 8, 2013

  • Louise P.

    Hello Chris - I will pitch in money for the BBQ. I will bring some money to camp, and give whatever is my share. Thanks for doing this.
    Louise

    March 2, 2013

    • Chris

      Sounds good, there's no charge for camping though.

      March 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Not spending the overnight. Should I show up for Sunday a.m. hike or hike Saturday

    March 2, 2013

    • Chris

      Sunday is the hike.

      1 · March 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Does anybody know where I can rent a winter tent in Asheville? It's going to be pretty cold and I have summer tents.

    March 3, 2013

    • Chris

      Asheville Adventure Rentals on river road

      March 4, 2013

  • Louise P.

    Hello Chris - Where can I find info about the camp site?

    March 4, 2013

  • Frank D.

    sorry I need to go out of town that weekend

    February 25, 2013

  • Chris

    I was also thinking about bringing some BBQ. If anyone is interested in throwing some money in with me for a Boston Butt, I can cook it beforehand and bring it for the trip along with some homemade Cheerwine BBQ sauce. :)

    February 24, 2013

  • Chris

    I made a map from this weekend's hike and posted it under this meetup.
    (http://www.meetup.com/asheville-hiking/photos/13356942/)

    Please print the map and the description for the camping trip. There is PLENTY of space around the area and we're near the river.

    February 24, 2013

  • Frank D.

    Since this is our first time , just want to make sure it's ok to bring alcohol?

    February 20, 2013

    • Frank D.

      Not that I plan on bringing a keg.lol But having a few beers or wine around the bonfire would be nice.

      February 21, 2013

    • Chris

      Frank, as long as it is allowed by Pisgah, I don't have a problem with it.

      February 21, 2013

  • Jamie K.

    What kind of trails are available to do Saturday after setting up camp? Is there also a short one for Sunday morning?

    February 19, 2013

    • Chris

      there are several trails in the immediate area and plenty of room to explore. There are maps online you can check out.

      February 21, 2013

  • Kristine

    I work weekends:( weekday activities?

    February 20, 2013

  • Adam L.

    Glenda are you looking for anything in particular? Freestanding, lightweight, budget etc..

    February 19, 2013

  • Luba

    I could not effort to camp ... unfortunately..

    February 19, 2013

  • Dennis K.

    Sounds great works with my long weekend in Asheville will look forward to it!

    1 · February 19, 2013

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