How about a weekend of trail running, hiking, climbing, canoeing, swimming and more in "the mountains away from the mountains?" Hanging Rock State Park is only a 2-hour drive from Umstead and offers miles of trails with beautiful mountain views and waterfalls.
I have reserved 3 group campsites. Each site allows up to 16 guests and 4 vehicles. For now, we'll have an "adults only" site and one that is "kid-friendly" and can adjust our reservation when we have a better count of who is attending. Individual campsites are also available for $17 per night, plus registration fee, and hold up to 6 people and 2 vehicles.
The group sites are $13 per night, + $2 per night per additional person over the minimum number (5) allowed at the site. Confusing, right? It'll probably cost $5 or less per person to stay at the group site for the weekend.
"More than 18 miles of wooded passageways form a network of 12 trails at Hanging Rock State Park. Picturesque cascades and waterfalls, high rock cliffs, spectacular views of the rolling Piedmont and Blue Ridge Mountains, and a mountain cave are just a few of the rewards of exploring by foot."
Park map: http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/haro/pics/parkmap.pdf
Canoeing and Kayaking
The Dan River Company, located a few miles from Hanging Rock State Park, offers canoe and kayak rentals on the Dan River. The cost is $60 per canoe for two people, $5 per additional person, for a 6 mile run (about 2-2.5 hrs). Kayaks are $40 for a single-person kayak. A 13 mile run is also available. I will check to see if we are eligible for a group rate. For more information, visit: http://www.danrivercompany.com/rates_reservations.htm
Check-in time is at 4:00pm and the gates close at 9:00pm. Check-out is 3:00pm. When you RSVP, please indicate whether you will be joining us for Friday night, Saturday night, or both nights. Please also mention if you're interested in joining us for the canoe trip, which I suggest we schedule for late Saturday morning.
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Hope to see you there!!