***Please note that although this backpacking meetup was initally scheduled to take place at Virgin Falls, I am changing the location to Angel Falls in Big South Fork. This change is being made in the best interest of the children and beginner backpackers that will be attending. I did some scouting last weekend and discovered that Angel Falls trail is a much easier trail than Virgin Falls and the water temperature at Big South Fork is warmer than the Caney Fork. The goal is for our children and beginner backpackers to enjoy this trip.***
If you enjoy backpacking and have been wanting to bring your child (ages 5 years and up), this is your chance. We will meet at Home Depot on Saturday at 8 am and carpool to the Leatherwood Ford Trailhead to hike a total of @ 6 miles over the course of 2 days. (2.8 miles per day) Please note: this is NOT a car camping trip.
We will hike in with our backpacks loaded with our gear (tent, sleeping bag, food, water, etc) ready to spend the night in the woods @ 2 miles away from the parking lot. We will set up camp next to the Big South Fork River.
After we drop our packs and set up our tents, if everyone is up to it, we will hike an additional .8 mile to Angel Falls Overlook. (I request that you keep your child away from the edge of the overlook for safety reasons). After enjoying the view of the river, we will hike .8 mile back to our base camp where we can swim in the shallow section of Big South Fork River. We will have dinner at the backcountry campsite as well as breakfast the next morning. We will hike back out 2 miles to the parking lot on Sunday and most likely stop for lunch on the way home.
Please be flexible before you attend this meetup. My goal is for anyone that loves backpacking to be able to bring their children along and enjoy their experience. We will stay together and hike at a leisurely pace.
Please make sure your child is physically prepared for a moderate 6 mile hike.
Please offer your driver gas money.
If you need a water filter or stove, I would be glad to share with you.
If you have questions, please email me @ [masked]
Driving directions from Big South Fork's website:
I-40 East to the Jamestown Crossville Exit (301), onto State Highway 62. Take Highway 62 east for 16 miles to U.S. 127 to Clarkrange, turn left and follow U.S. 127 north 18 miles into Jamestown. Travelers may take 127 through Jamestown or use the new Hwy 127 by-pass. Two miles north of Jamestown take Highway 154 north to the intersection of Highway 297. Follow 297 east approximately 12 miles to the Big South Fork Visitor Center and Campground. We will obtain a backcountry permit from the Visitor Center upon arrival and head over to Leatherwood Ford Trailhead.