What we're about

Three things we got tired of hearing from folks:

1. “None of my friends are into backpacking! So I have nobody to go with.”

2. “None of my backpacking friends are available to go when I’m free!”

3. “I love the outdoors, but I don’t know anybody who can help me get into backpacking!”

Assuming that the above is true (and not due to bad breath, personal hygiene issues, or offensive personality traits) all you really need is some new friends who backpack! ;-) You have come to the right place! Relax and take a deep breath!

Backpacking is what we do! Check out our Message Board and Calendar. Look at our trip photos. We have some awesome, experienced trip leaders and instructors. We have several events per month. Come out and take a hike!

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Upcoming events (5+)

Big South Fork, 3 Day Backpacking Trip: 20 miles

Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area

**ATTENTION !! ** There has been a change to the hike plan - leaving on Saturday at 7am NOT 9am **** A three day hike of approx 20 miles, primarily along the John Muir Trail (yes! there is one in TN/KY) and the Sheltowee Trace with some exploration of the Honey Creek Loop. There could be some creek crossings (shin to knee depth), so bring water shoes and a camp towel. Trail difficulty: Moderate. Hike Plan: SATURDAY: Meet at Florence KY Walmart about 7:00 am. We meet way out in the parking lot directly in front of the Walmart store. Drive to BSF (Oneida TN about 3.5 hours/210 miles) - we'll stop for quick fast food lunch in Oneida. Stage a car at the exit trailhead at Bandy Creek Campground (swimming pool parking lot). Drive to the Honey Creek Loop trailhead and park. Backpack about 5.2 miles along JMT and Honey Creek trail to campsites near the O&W bridge. Camp here, water for filtering available. SUNDAY: Break camp by 9am. Backpack 3.0 miles along JMT to Leatherwood Ford, then on to intersection with Grand Gap Loop. Backpack about 7.6 miles around the Grand Gap Loop to campsite near Sheltowee Trace mile marker 302. Water for filtering available at creek. Total mileage for the day is about 11 miles. MONDAY Break camp by 9am. Take Sheltowee Trace to Bandy Creek where we parked a car, about 4.0 miles. Rest at the campground while we recover the other cars. Post hike meal at Preston's Steakhouse in Oneida (if it is open on Labor day, otherwise we'll stop somewhere else). We should be back at Walmart by 7pm or so. The cost of this trip will be the cost of the backcountry permit ($15), so a couple dollars apiece. I’ll pass the hat around the campfire Friday night. Participants on this trip should have all of their own backpacking gear and food (2 breakfasts, 2 lunches/snacks, and 2 dinners. If you are newer to backpacking and have any questions about what you need to bring, you can email me using Meetup, or call me at[masked]. Carpool arrangements and determining who can drive will be determined the week before we leave. * Cost: $2 per person plus the cost of gas shared with your driver * Difficulty level: Moderate. * Distance: Probably around 20 miles total. * Pace: Moderate. * Travel time: About 4 hours driving time from Cincinnati * Event rules: Leave No Trace. Pack It In - Pack It Out. * The trip limit and RSVP deadline can change without notice. * By signing up and/or participating in this event, you fully accept our liability waiver. https://www.meetup.com/CincinnatiBackpackers/pages/1036870/Cincinnati_Area_Backpackers_Meetup_Waiver/ Questions? ...contact Terry [masked]

Exploring/Backpacking the Logan Trail in Tar Hollow State Forest

This is a 17.9 mile hike and its not for beginners. This is relativity close to Hocking Hills and Lake Hope. We hope to be hiking about[masked] mph for the duration of this hike and stop take the occasional break when needed. This jagged, figure-8 trail is marked with red blazes throughout. The loops converge at the Brush Ridge Fire Tower, which is also considered one of the trailheads. The second trailhead can be found below the Pine Lake Dam. Backpackers can camp at the fire tower through reservation at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry. The loops of this trail converge at the Brush Ridge Fire Tower where hikers can get a look at the deciduous forest on all sides for miles. The spillway at Pine Lake and Brush Ridge Fire Tower are considered trailheads for the Logan Backpack Trail. The trail is located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. There are primitive campsites for backpackers as well as access to the campground. We will meet at the Fire Tower Trailhead at 4pm. of course, remember to bring the proper gear. I happened to discover backpacking trail by accident.

Appalachian Trail Backpacking Workshop & Trip

Mountain Harbour Bed and Breakfast


Appalachian Trail Backpacking Workshop & Trip The Roan Highlands in Tennessee and North Carolina September 25 - 29, 2019 Fee: $410/person Offered by: Outdoor Adventure Connection Increase your level of backpacking expertise and wet your appetite for a long- distance hike on this 4 day, 3 night Appalachian Trail backpacking adventure. This hike includes spectacular, wide open panoramic views of the Roan Highlands, a stay at the highest shelter on the Appalachian Trail and educational workshops. Roan Mountain is famous for its spectacular natural gardens of Catawba rhododendrons. For more information and to register visit: https://www.outdooradventureconnection.com/trip-roanhighlands-sep.php This is a great hike for intermediate backpackers wishing to increase their distance as well as the number of days in the backcountry. This trip is designed for those who wish to go backpacking on the trail with experienced guides and those who wish to learn more about Appalachian Trail hiking. The night before our trip will be spent at Mountain Harbour Hostel and B&B in Roan Mountain, Tennessee, an Appalachian Trail hiker's favorite. Prerequisite: Our backpacking overnight trip or equivalent. The Roan Highlands are one of the most beautiful places on the southern Appalachian Trail. Roan Mountain is a true gem of the southern Appalachian Mountains. Whether hiking the grassy balds or strolling through gardens of tree sized catawba rhododendron, this place has a special feeling. The air is thin here and the climate feels like Canada. The wind swept forest of spruce and fir lives like an island floating above the mixed hardwood forest below. While the highest parts of the mountain have a dark mossy forest, much of the highlands are lacking trees. The Appalachian balds of the Roan are meadows in the sky. Roan Mountain is the highest point in the area, peaking out around 6,300 feet. The Tennessee - North Carolina state line runs across Roan Mountain. For more information and to register visit: https://www.outdooradventureconnection.com/trip-roanhighlands-sep.php

Cumberland Falls Area Backpacking Trip

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park

Details This is a weekend backpacking trip to the Cumberland Falls area in Kentucky. We will be camping at Sheltowee Trace Adventure Resort on Friday night to give everyone a chance to work on Friday and drive down later. I’ll probably arrive mid-afternoon so if you want to leave Cincinnati early, that is an option too for you too. On Saturday and Sunday we will backpack to Laurel Lake dam with backcountry camp overnight at Bark Creek. Hike Plan: Friday Sep 27: Carpool from Florence KY Walmart as usual. Suggested meet time is 5:30 so folks can work. However, we're camping at the Sheltowee Trace Adventure Resort, so late arrivals won't be a problem - it is easy to find --> https://www.ky-rafting.com/ (GPS:[masked], [masked]) I'll reserve primitive campsite B8 (showers, restroom, wifi so its not that primitive). When you arrive and park, grab your gear and walk between the main office and the restrooms and find the trail back to the B campsites (look for a tent with an LED light string). Campsite is $26 per night and I will purchase some firewood - estimated cost per person for this trip will be $5 Saturday Sep 28: We will stage a car at the ending trailhead near Laurel Dam so we can transport the drivers back to get the cars on Sunday. We will start the trip at Cumberland Falls State Park at mile 219 on the Sheltowee Trace. We’ll go northbound on Sheltowee about 8 miles and camp at the Bark Creek Camp shelter (between Sheltowee mile marker 212 and 211). The shelter has room for about 4 or 5 people and there are plenty of campsites adjacent plus trees for the hammock folks. Water for filtering is nearby (Bark Creek) – no privy/outhouse. Sunday Sep 29: We’ll backpack about 7 miles to Laurel Dam (mile marker 205). We’ll use the staged car to go retrieve the other cars. (there is a public restroom here at the parking area that may be open) Post hike meal will be at the Cumberland Falls State Park lodge dining room. * Distance: This will likely be a total of 15 to 16 backpacking miles. No big climbs. * Pace: Moderate * Travel time: About 4.0 hours driving time from Cincinnati * Leave No Trace. Pack It In - Pack It Out. * Dogs: allowed but must remain on leash at all times and under strict command of the owner * The trip limit and RSVP deadline can change without notice. *****LOOK BELOW***** By signing up and/or participating in this event, you fully accept our liability waiver: https://www.meetup.com/CincinnatiBackpackers/pages/1036870/Cincinnati_Area_Backpackers_Meetup_Waiver/

Past events (529)

Cincinnati Backpackers "FUN"-raiser

French Park


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