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Join THOG for it's Annual Fall Foliage Event! This year we'll be exploring areas along the Blue Ridge Parkway just outside of Asheville including Crabtree Falls, Mount Mitchell State Park and the Craggy Gardens area!
Our Fall Foliage trip will be a little different this year. We normally go to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I thought we'd try a new setting this time. The colors should be really good on our trip, especially at the lower elevations. The various hikes we plan to do will be moderate to strenuous in difficulty.
We will also be adjusting our trip preparations and activities for pandemic reasons in order to keep you safe as well as me! Masks are required when in crowded settings. CDC and NPS rules apply on this trip and each person may need to drive their own car unless you feel comfortable having passengers.
-Meet in Chapel Hill at 9:00AM to discuss camp logistics then leave for the Blue Ridge Parkway (approx. 3.5hr drive time)
-Arrive at the campground by 1:00PM and hike to Crabtree Falls, set up our tents and have dinner around the campfire
-Breakfast then do the Craggy Gardens and Pinnacle hikes (around 6
miles total), see the sunset either along the BRP or at Bare Dark Sky
-Dinner at Campsite
-Break down our campsite
-Mount Mitchell summit views and Visitor Center plus do part of the
Black Mountain Crest Trail to see some fall colors (about 3 miles total)
Only those who have RSVP'd Yes on this trip will be allowed to go. If you plan to arrive later on Friday Oct. 22, please message me to discuss!
Important to know before you RSVP: There will be a significantly smaller number of trip spots available compared to previous years!
I've reserved 3 sites. Each tent pad fits two to three 2-person backpacking tents or two regular size 2-person tents. In order to accommodate as many THOGers as possible, NO tents larger than 2 person tents will be allowed. You will be asked to answer the RSVP questions as you complete your RSVP. Also, only one vehicle is allowed at each campsite. Extra cars can park in the overflow parking lot.
Previous no-shows or late cancellations on other THOG events may affect your RSVP.
*Total cost per person to camp will be between $10-$20 which includes cost of campsite plus firewood which I'll collect at the campground.*
If your plans change and cannot attend, please change your RSVP right away so others can go, especially if there is a waiting list.
BRING: Tent, sleeping bag and pad, appropriate hiking shoes or boots, headlamp/flashlight, food, food prep items and utensils, Clothing layers to be prepared for warm or cold temperatures, rain gear (OR you can print a car camping checklist from the the REI website).
Crabtree Falls Campground has bathrooms with flush toilets and sinks and No showers.
TRIP PARTICIPANT WAIVER OF LIABILITY
I fully realize that this activity involves a risk of personal injury, property damage, or loss of my person or property. I hereby for myself, my heirs, executors and administrators, and same for persons with whom are in my party, waive and release any claims or rights against Triangle Hiking & Outdoors Group (THOG), all of its owners and coordinators for any and all injury, damages or loss to my person or property incurred during this activity. I also understand that THOG organizers are not required, nor should it be assumed that they are CPR/First Aid/Wilderness Survival Certified and I am responsible for my own personal safety.
Your RSVP indicates release of liability as indicated in the TRIP PARTICIPANT WAIVER OF LIABILITY above.
If you have any questions about the trip after you've read the description, please use comment section of the event. Thanks!
See you on the trip! -Larredo