What we're about

The Blue Ridge Backpackers group is a backpacking and hiking group based in the South and North Carolina regions consisting of a wide variety of members who are active, engaging and interesting people. Our goal is to provide our members with active fun outdoor experiences by offering a variety of backpacking trips and trail hiking with like-minded people in and around the Upstate Carolinas region. This group is a welcome opportunity to explore beyond your comfort zone whilst continuing to expand your trail experience, increase your knowledge and gain an appreciation of the beauty of the Upstate region.

We intend to provide consistent overnight or multi-day backpacking trips as well as weekly day-hikes to maintain and support that goal and also offer occasional seasonal events for our group members. As a group we request that you uphold the mind-set of that of a visitor within nature, maintaining a light footprint, respecting the natural habitat and the environment that we get to enjoy.

As a member of Blue Ridge Backpackers it is our expectation that each individual uphold and maintain respect, kindness and consideration for each of our individual members and for the community as a whole. We want to provide a safe backpacking and hiking community and our sole-purpose is to support our members in maintaining an active, enjoyable and engaging outdoor community.

All of our organizers and event hosts are volunteers and they dedicate their own personal time to planning and create engaging backpacking trips, day-hikes, and events for all of our members. This is your Meetup group and your feedback is integral to the growth of this group. We want you to be an active participant in our community, not just a passive member.

Please let us know if you have any suggestions of trails and regions you would like to explore. Also, if you have a lot of experience and knowledge of the Carolina regions, we would love to hear from you. Speak to one of hiking organizers if you would like to become a more actively involved in leading hikes or hosting backpacking trips for our group.

We are very grateful to you for your support and being a part of this backpacking and hiking community.

See you on the trails! If we have not met you yet…let’s get out there!

Upcoming events (5)

2 nights 3 days Kimsey Creek to Long Branch 25 mile Loop

National Forest Road

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.

GPS Coordinates.

National Forest Rd, Franklin, NC 28734, USA

Hike description.
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.

Grandfather Mountain State Park Overnight Backpacking/Slackpacking trip

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.

Backpacking The NC Bartram Trail Week 3

Bartram Trail - Trailhead

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.

Planned schedule:
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.


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

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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

Check-In: 2pm

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:

Isaac D,Isaharov



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.

No refunds.

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.

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