What we're about

Hello and welcome to the Indy Backpacking Club. We are based in the Midwest, but we organize and lead trips across the United States.

We are currently in the process of updating and improving this Group. New trips for all skill levels are being added every day. Any and all suggestions from our members and fellow hikers are welcome, so feel free to reach out to us via private messaging, discussion forum (https://www.meetup.com/backpackers-149/messages/boards/forum/1157311) or on our Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/649911785031501/) Page.

Annual Dues:

In order to keep this group running we ask for a small contribution to help offset the cost of Meetup fees, Back country permits, shuttles, some gear supplements, and other fees associated with organized trips will be additional.

You will have a 30 day trial period. Any RSVP during your 1st 30 days of membership is free. After your 1st 30 days your annual dues of $6 are required for you to RSVP.

Join our team:

Our team is made up of experienced and seasoned back-country hikers who are 100% volunteers. if you are interested in becoming a group trip organizer or a host we would love to have you. Please let an organizer know that you are interested. **Event hosts and organizers annual dues are waved, but you must be willing to organize or host 2 trips per year.

Waiver & Release of Liability:

By joining the Indy Backpacking Club, you fully accept our Waiver & Release of Liability:


Hope to see you on a trip soon.


Upcoming events (1)

River to River Trail 3 Sections - 35 Miles - GOG, One Horse Gap, Lusk Wilderness

New Liberty Blanchard Cemetery

3 Full Days with 2 Overnights

We will be backpacking approximately 35 Miles of the River to River Trail.

Meeting Friday 8 am at the New Liberty Blanchard Cemetery and driving 1/2 the vehicles to GOG Rec Area to Start the Trail.


DAY 1 - 11 MILES

GOG Observation Area to Trail 001A

001A to the River to River Trail Connection[masked], [masked]

River to River Trail to Herod[masked], [masked]

Herod to Promise Land Camp[masked], [masked]

DAY 2 - 12 MILES

Promise Land to Rattle Snake[masked], [masked]

Rattle Snake to Rocky Top[masked], [masked]

Rocky Top to One Horse Gap[masked], [masked]

One Horse Gap to Concord Cemetery (Raum Road)[masked], [masked]

Concord Cemetery to Lusk Wilderness Camp[masked], [masked]

DAY 3 - 11 MILES

Lusk Wilderness Camp to Indian Kitchen Overlook[masked], [masked]

Indian Kitchen to Natural Bridge Arch[masked], [masked]

Natural Bridge back to New Liberty Blanchard Cemetery


Gear, Food, & Supplies for 3 days / 2 nights of backpacking

Fires are permitted

There are multiple water sources along the way

No backcountry permits required

Hammock or Tent friendly

1 decent sized water crossing at Lusk Creek on Day 3

Moderate to Rugged with some cellular signal

Ave Temps in April: 60s / 40s

Pace: Steady with a little time each day for diversions / breaks


I will be car camping at the New Liberty Blanchard Cemetery on Thursday night. Feel free to join me.
There is a Porta Potty at the cemetery.

Please use the GPS coordinates for the New Liberty Blanchard Cemetery because there is no real street address. The Williams Hill Rd address I provided will only get you close to Oak Blanchard road.

Daily Miles are approximate

I’ll send more updates as the trip approaches.

Past events (371)

Smokies - Ramsey Cascades

Porters Creek Trail Trailhead

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