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Please bring a bear canister to this event.
There are many reports of bear activity in this area that we are going to be hiking and camping.
Please make sure you read the entire description and understand what you are signing up for.
This is not a beginner Backpacking trip.
I will open this hike to a maximum 10 Backpackers.
Come and join me on this beautiful part of the AT trail, Kimsey Creek to Long Branch Loop is a 25 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Franklin, North Carolina,the trail rated as moderate.
How to get there.
From the intersection of US 64 and 441 in Franklin, travel 12 miles on US 64. Turn left on W.old Murphy Road. Drive 1.9 miles and Turn right towards the Standing Indian Campground. Continue another 2.1 miles to the trailhead and park next to the backcountry information kiosk.
National Forest Rd, Franklin, NC 28734, USA
We will do a 2 nights and 3 day backpacking trip along the Appalachian Trail, it’s always fun to be on the AT this time of the year.
The first day will be uphill (but not too steep)
trekking Poles are recommended for this trip.
Total mileage for this trip will be approximately 25 mile loop and 4500 of Gaining Elevation.
And it's rated as Moderate.
This will be a good backpacking training if you trying to get better in distance and Elevation and lighter gear.
We will be hiking approximately 7 miles the first day till we reach Standing Indian Mountain. setup camp and rest for the night with some gorgeous views for sunset and sunrise.
They are several campsites here for tents and hammocks.
The next morning we will hike 10 miles approximately.
3rd day we will be hiking 7 to 8 miles back to our cars.
If you have any questions regarding this trip please don't hesitate to reach out to me I'll be happy to answer any of your questions.
See you on the trail.
Join me at Grandfather Mountain State Park for stunning mountain views and some challenging hiking. This will be a rather short hike in on the Profile Trail at just under four miles, but don’t worry – you’ll feel like you’ve hiked much farther after the last two very steep miles. The Profile Trail ascends about 1,800 feet over three and a half miles, but most of that climbing is in the last half of the trail. Once we reach Cliffside campsite, we’ll set up camp then slackpack around all of the highlights of the park. This includes: Calloway Peak, the wreck of a plane crash from the ‘70s (if anyone is interested), Indian House Cave, Attic Window Peak and McRae Peak. It’s only about three miles round trip to all of the highlights, but it is some very strenuous and rugged hiking – scrambling hand over hand on boulders/steep rocks at times, and using in-place cables and awkward ladders at other times. On the Grandfather Trail section of this trip, we will sometimes be very close to sheer drops, so this is definitely not a trip for anyone who has a fear of heights. After exploring the highlights, we’ll return to camp where we can enjoy our own small clifftop mountain view. For those who would like to watch the sunset, we can go a short way up the trail to the westward-facing Watauga View.
On Saturday morning, we will hike back out to our cars via the Profile Trail.
Total mileage over both days will be about 11.5 miles, but trust me, it will feel like more.
Our campsite will be dry, however, we will pass a spring about a half mile before reaching camp where we can fill up. Also, campfires are not permitted at our site.
This event is cross posted with the SOA Meetup Group out of Atlanta GA. Please Note: I have copied the exact posting which list the first two weeks of hiking on this trail. I am willing to repost and rehike the first two sections if there is sufficient interest.
The Bartram trail is a lesser traveled trail extending 116 miles from the Georgia/ South Carolina Border into NC, ending just short of Stecoah Gap. The North Carolina portion is approximately 62 miles long. (Additional mileage from the access trail) Please join me for 3 weekends of backpacking to complete this beautiful and challenging section of trail. THIS TRAIL IS NOT FOR BEGINNERS!!!
Each day will average 10 miles. These are Backpacking Events. You must own or borrow all the equipment that you need. You will have to carry everything you need. This is a challenging trail. To be successful you should be hiking regularly and recently 8 or more miles per day over AT level trails. Recent backpacking experience preferable. We will carpool from trailhead to trailhead. You must have had your covid vaccine or wear a mask to participate in the carpools.
Week 1: Memorial Day Weekend NOC to Nantahala Lake 30 miles
Week 2: June 5,6 Nantahala Lake to Wallace Branch 18 miles
Week 3: June 26,27 Hickory Knob to the Georgia Border 20.4 miles
Saturday: Meet at Hale Ridge Road Trailhead. We will leave as few cars as possible and head to the Hickory Knoll trailhead. Parking is across the street from the trail and is where we will start our hike. This is a 30 minute drive.
GOOGLE BARTRAM TRAIL HALE RIDGE ROAD FOR DIRECTIONS. GOOGLE DOES RECOGNIZE THE TRAILHEAD. IT IS IN DILLARD GA
From Hickory Knoll we will hike South Tessentee Creek Campground. There is an option for hiking to the Bartram Trail Plaque on Fish Hawk Mountain. This adds approximately 2500 feet to the days hiking but is well worth the climb. Mileage for the day without the side trip to the plaque 12.4 miles 2500 feet of gain.
Sunday: Complete the NC Bartram trail.. Mileage for the day 8 miles 2500 feet of ascent. We will pick up the cars of course.
We will possibly eat in or near Franklin depending on group vote.
Carpooling is encouraged.
July 4th Holiday Weekend Camping/ Hiking and Outdoor Fun
We have booked this exceptional group campsite for 3 nights/ 4 days.
Briar Bottom Group Campground
The campground sits at the base of Mt. Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi River, in Pisgah National Forest. Located on the South Toe River, it is the perfect location for hiking, swimming, tubing and trout fishing.
This is a car-camping trip - we will meet and drive direct to Briar Bottom Group Campground.
The campground is equipped with a pavilion with river access, picnic tables, fire ring and a BBQ grill. Flush toilets are close by and hot showers are available at the adjacent Black Mountain Campground.
Duration - 3 nights/ 4 days
Day 1 – Friday, July 2nd
Access to Briar Bottom Group Campground is through the main gate of Black Mountain Campground
Address: 50 Black Mountain Campground Road, Burnsville, NC 28714
Briar Bottom Group Site Name: Maple
Set-up Camp, explore and enjoy the evening with a campfire, BBQ and marshmallows.
Day 2 – Saturday, July 3rd
Option 1 – challenging
8am - 11.9 mile loop hike up Mt. Mitchell Trail (elevation gain 3,694ft)
Option 2 - moderate
3.7 mile South Toe River Loop Trail, visit nearby Setrock Creek Falls and explore the trails from nearby Mount Mitchell State Park.
Day 3 – Sunday, July 4th several local trails to choose from in the region:
Graybeard Trail - 8.9 miles, out & back, moderate
Douglas Falls Trail – 10 miles, out & back, moderate
Deep Gap Trail – 8.6 miles, out & back, moderate
Evening fireworks - before dusk we can hike to view/ drive to see the fireworks at Black Mountain, which hosts their annual July 4th Fireworks Show at River Walk Park.
Day 4 – Monday, July 5th
Check Out - 12 noon.
$25 per person for the full duration of the trip (no partial attendance/ payments)
Payment can be made direct to me, via Venmo or PayPal:
All individuals who sign up will automatically be added to a waitlist.
Your place is NOT confirmed, until full payment is received.
All payments must be completed by 15th June 2021.
If you have any questions regarding this weekend send me a message via Meetup.
RSVP as soon as you can to hold your spot, let’s make this a fun weekend to remember!
All payments go towards the campsite booking fee and support the annual Meetup cost to maintain this group.