This meetup is for people who enjoy overnight camping and all the things that go with it such as campfires, cooking, hikin9g, photography, conversation, astronomy, fishing, just resting, etc. The idea is to get away from our usual busy lives to someplace restful and beautiful. The group is for all ages including singles, married folks, and families. The group will be active all year except summer when bugs and heat dominate. Camping locations could be local or as far away as the mountains. Most trips will be for two weekend nights, but other arrangements may also be made. Check out the pictures (http://www.meetup.com/Raleigh-Camping-Meetup/photos/) from our past campouts to get an idea of what we are about.
Jones Lake and nearby Salters Lake are bay lakes (like Waccamaw) connected by a 1-mi spur trail. This 4-mile hike will loop around Jones Lake using the Bay Trail . Anyone who wishes to hike farther can add the Salters Lake Trail (2 mi round trip).
The terrain is flat, sandy in places, possibly muddy in others. And although the park's website rates the trail difficulty "moderate," most of us will find the hiking easy. The visitors center offers clean bathrooms and an interesting exhibit about the mysterious bay lakes found throughout the Carolinas.
After we hike we'll gather (loosely) in the picnic area for lunch. We can have a weenie roast if it isn't too hot......
Jones Lake State Park is outside Elizabethtown, a bit more than an hour's drive from Wilmington. Information and trail maps may be found at the park's website: https://www.ncparks.gov/jones-lake-state-park.
Let's meet at the lakeside beach a little before 10 a.m.
We are still limited to 25 people for outdoor gatherings so please keep that in mind when RSVPing.
We will camp on the black river and paddle the 3 sisters area. The oldest trees east of the rockies, some over 2000 years old. WE are allowed 2 tents per site only 1 car. Extra cars can be parked in the overflow area. There are no showers or flush toilets. Porta potties are available for use. There are no kayak rentals in the area so bring yours or ask a fellow member if they have an extra to borrow. Book your own sites and we will see you there.
Camping on the 23rd through the 25th. Bring your kayaks to paddle the canal in alligator river Preserve. We can also drive through the nature Preserves. Bears and migratory birds are possible to see. Book you own sites see you there.