Hiking - Camporees - 2014



            CMC has scheduled two camporees for 2014. The Spring Camporee has been completed.  The Fall 2014 camporee will take place as indicated below.

           Fall 2014 Camporee. September 12, 13, 14, 2014. Kimsey Creek Group Campground. Sites B and C. Each site has a limit of 25 persons, giving us a total limit of 50 persons for this Camporee. Kimsey Creek Group Campground is the back loop of the very large Standing Indian Campground. It is in Macon County, North Carolina, west of Franklin, and adjacent to the Southern Nantahala Wilderness. There will be a Bar-B-Que supper on Saturday night. More details will be added to this site as they become available. Registration is required, both for the camporee and for the barbecue. See details and deadline below.




Saturday No.                                                                 Sept. 13

Beech Creek High Falls and Big Scaly                     9:00 a.m.

Wilderness – Limit ten

Hike 7            Drive 11.3           2180 ft. ascent   Rated B-AA

Leader: Ted Snyder   tedsnyderjr@bellsouth.net       864-638-3686


The primary destination of this hike is the 200 ft. High Falls of Beech Creek. Starting at Deep Gap, we walk an old logging road until it reaches a bold stream. We must then bushwhack for 0.35 mile up steeply in open woods to Case Knife Gap, where we join Trail #378.  An old ox cart road to a corundum mine takes us steeply down to the side trail to the waterfall. Backtracking to Case Knife Gap, we will hike the Fork Ridge Trail through ancient forest to Big Scaly for grand vistas, and backtrack.


Given time and inclination, hikers may choose an optional extension to Chimney Rock. This out-and-back will add about two miles, and 500 feet of ascent. It will take 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on how many climb Chimney Rock. Trip rating will  jump to A-AA.


The return trip will retrace that portion of the morning route from Case Knife Gap to Deep Gap.  An alternate, but longer and very steep return over the summit of Standing Indian Mountain is possible.


Topo: Rainbow Springs. USFS Southern Nantahala Wilderness map.



Saturday No.                                                                Sept. 13

Chunky Gal (with variations)                                   9:00 a.m.

Wilderness – Limit ten

Hike 10            Drive 19.1           1560 ft. ascent         Rated: A-A

Leader: Norm Sharp   864-268-9409      norm.sharp@att.net


This is not your usual Chunky Gal. Starting at Deep Gap we walk a former location of the AT to Water Oak Gap. Heading west on the AT we pass the Chunky Gal trailhead  and continue to White Oak Stamp, a Forest Service “Special Interest Area” with its old growth forest and a perched bog. Continuing, we pass the Muskrat Branch shelter and turn off on the side trail to Raven Rock, and its expansive views.  On the side trail we can inspect the remains of a Cessna. Retracing to White Oak Stamp we take a level connector to intersect with the standard Chunky Gal trail. That trail runs a long ridge with more ups than downs. Near the end, we will pass the side trail to and optional climb of Riley Knob, another Forest Service “Special Interest Area” with its old growth white oak forest.

Topo: Rainbow Springs. USFS Southern Nantahala Wilderness map.



Saturday No.                                                                Sept. 13

Beech Gap – Standing Indian Summit Loop           9:00 a.m.

Wilderness – Limit ten

Hike 9.75           Drive  4.6        1750 ft. ascent           Rated A-A

Leader: Brent Martin      828-587-9543;  cell: 828-524-7400     brent_martin@tws.org


This loop trip ending at the campground gives a broad overview of the Southern Nantahala Wilderness. We cross the Nantahala River on a high bridge and climb to the ridge where we merge with the Big Indian Loop. The trail now runs up the ridge to Kilby Gap with its sprinkling of big trees. The ridge leads us on to an old road bed and junction where the Big Indian Loop leaves to the right. Our route takes us left on the old road to Beech Gap and the AT. Turning up the high main ridge, we follow it to the summit, about three miles ahead. After enjoying the views we now trek downhill on the Lower Trail Ridge trail, passing through groves of old growth red oaks. This trail leads almost four miles to the middle of our campground.


Topo: Rainbow Springs.  USFS Southern Nantahala Wilderness map.



Saturday No.                                                        Sept. 13

Four short hikes:     Pickens Nose

                                  Betty Creek Gap

                                  Albert Mountain Fire Tower    

                                Big Laurel Falls                                       9:00 a.m.




Pickens Nose.

Hike 1.5   Drive 9.1         320 ft. ascent                         Rated C-C


From the top of the cliff at Pickens Nose we view the Betty Creek valley below, and study its attack on the Nantahala River watershed. Great views to the north and west. On the return, we visit another cliff top with views of Whiteside Mountain and Fishhawk Mountain.


Betty Creek Gap.

Hike  0.4         Drive 1.9              40 ft.   ascent               Rated C-C

View stream piracy in action. Betty Creek is in the process of capturing Mooney Branch. Another 100,000 years may see this work in progress finished.  There’s motion in this  geology.


LTC Albert Mountain Fire Tower.

Hike 1.0    Drive 2.8       200 ft ascent                               Rated C-C


This short hike takes us from the end of FS 67 on an old, level roadbed to a gap where we join the AT. We then climb the ridge to the Albert Mountain Tower. It sits atop a rock outcrop, with views south and east. A climb halfway up the stairs brings us views to the west as well. This is the best overall viewpoint for the Southern Nantahala region.


Big Laurel Falls.

Hike 1.16    Drive 5      Ascent: 100 feet (estimated)  Rated C-C

Another short hike, ending at a pleasant waterfall on Big Laurel Branch, a tributary of the Nantahala River. The well-worn trail crosses the Nantahala River on a footbridge, then ascends and descends on a dug trail to the waterfall. This is an in-and-out hike.


Topo: Prentiss. USFS Southern Nantahala Wilderness map.








Sunday No.                                               Sept. 14

Boteler Peak                                            9:00 a.m.

Hike 6      Drive 9.3              1331 ft. ascent            Rated C-B

Leader: Brenda Worley    828-684-8656; cell: 828-606-7297    bjdworley@gmail.com        


This hike continues with the Chunky Gal trail (Trail #77) as it leads north from Glade

Gap. Chunky Gal is one of the longest trails on the Nantahala National Forest. We start on switchbacks up the valley of Glade Branch, in open hardwood forest. Then comes a stretch on a grassed Forest Service road. The trail continues, still in a hardwood forest to a junction with a side trail to the summit of Boteler Peak at 5010 ft. Here we will have views north to Tusquitee Bald, and west to Hiwassee. GA, Hayesville, NC,  and Chatuge Lake. Other peaks may be identified. Boteler is sometimes called Shooting Creek Bald. Be sure to decide on the purpose of the windmill on this peak.


Topo: Shooting Creek.



Sunday No.                                                       Sept. 14

LTC. Bearpen Trail and Albert Mountain Tower    9:00 a.m.

Hike 5.2    Drive 3.5           1640 ft. ascent            Rated C-A

Leader: Helen Carlton   hbc393@gmail.com


This in-and-out on trail #22 takes us up the valley of Bearpen Creek [this Bearpen is usually written as one word]. After a short segment along a grassed road, we will be walking on a dug trail in middle aged hardwood forest. There are open views down to the cascading creek. High up we hit FS 67 and walk 0.4 mile on it to its end. From the parking area at road end we walk a level old road to the AT. Turning south, we climb a hill to the top of Albert Mountain (5200 ft.) and its fire tower. The tower is located on a rock outcrop. The site and the tower give us the best long distance views in this area. We will then descend on the AT to the upper end of the Bearpen Trail, and down it to our starting point.


Topos: Rainbow Springs; Prentiss.   USFS Southern Nantahala Wilderness map.



Sunday No.                                                         Sept. 14

Big Indian Loop                                                9:00 a.m.

Wilderness – Limit ten

Hike 8, Drive 3.1    900ft. ascent         Rated: B-C

Leader: Ted Snyder   864-638-3686   tedsnyderjr@bellsouth.net


This loop hike on Trail #34 gives a general view of the Big Indian Inventoried Roadless Area, a proposed addition to the Southern Nantahala Wilderness. The route begins on FS Road 67A at a gate and wand. Crossing a hiker bridge over the Nantahala River we walk a short way on a roadbed before turning onto a dug trail and coursing on it up the valley of Big Indian Creek. The trail then climbs to a ridge where it joins the Beech Gap trail. The two trails then climb to Kilby Gap where they enter the Wilderness. Climbing some more, we hit an old road where the two trails part. Our trail turns right and contours through a recovering hardwood forest. Eventually we reach FS 67A and on it descend in open woods above Nichols Branch. This road takes us back to the starting point.


Topo: Rainbow Springs.   USFS Southern Nantahala Wilderness map.


Sunday No.:                                                                  Sept. 14

Three short hikes:       Buck Creek Pine Barrens

                                    Corundum mine

                                    Garnet lode                                        9:00 a.m.


Buck Creek Pine Barrens

Hike 0.71       Drive 8.8         Ascent 50 feet (estimated)

The Barrens is an area of almost pure pitch pine. The growth is based on underlying magnesium-rich rocks such as olivine and dunite. The rare soil composition supports prairie plants, such as bluestem and dropweed. Wildflowers include Indian Paint Brush and a wild ginger, Little Brown Jugs.   The Pine Barrens are also a Forest Service Special Interest Area.

Corundum mine

Drive: 0.3 miles additional. Hike: a few feet. Ascent: negligible.

At the start of this hike, and returning, it will be necessary to wade Buck Creek, which can be up to 24 " deep. Corundum is found in a mineral belt extending south into the Georgia mountains. Originally, corundum was sought as an abrasive, due to its extreme hardness, second only to diamonds. The invention of composite grinding wheels rendered pure corundum obsolete. We will view the entrance of an old mine shaft.  Also found in corundum are the gem stones, ruby and sapphire. Many have been found here. Those who do not worry about getting wet can sift for some in the creek bed, where they are occasionally found.

Garnet lode

Drive 4.3 miles additional. Hike a few feet. Ascent: negligible

Because this is a rare place to find large garnets, its exact location will not be publicized. Our leaders will show the hikers how to identify and easily find garnet bearing rocks.

Topo: Rainbow Springs



            We will be camping at the Kimsey Creek Group Campground. The group campground is a loop at the back of the much larger Standing Indian Campground. We have reserved two spaces, each accommodating 25 persons. That gives us a total limit of 50 campers. Persons wishing to camp must register with Ted Snyder. tedsnyderjr@bellsouth.net. Deadline for registration is Tuesday, 9 September 2014. Campground fee will be shared by those camping.



            Persons wishing to join in the Bar-B-Que dinner on Saturday night must register with Ted Snyder by Tuesday, 9 September 2014. The cost will be shared on a pro-rata basis per person eating.





 1. From Westgate Mall in Asheville, take I-240 West to I-40 West.  3.8 Miles  7 Minutes


2. Take right exit and merge onto I-40 West.


3. Drive on I-40 West to Exit 27, exit for Waynesville,

    and U.S. 74, 19 and 23.                                                                17.9 miles  17 Minutes


4. Take Exit 27 for U.S. 74 and Waynesville.


5. Drive on U.S. 74 to Exit 81, U.S. 441 South, Dillsboro,

    Franklin and Atlanta.                                                                   26.3 Miles   27 Minutes


6. Take Exit 81 and follow U.S. 441 South.


7. NOTE: U.S. 64 merges into U.S. 441 South on

    bypass around Franklin.                                                              18.4 Miles  21 Minutes


8. U.S. 441 South exits for Clayton and Atlanta. Stay on

    U.S. 64.   U.S. 64 is the main road at this interchange.                1.9 Miles   2 Minutes


9. Continue on U.S. 64, climbing to cross Winding Stairs Gap.     10.2 Miles   11 Minutes    


10. Turn left on West Old Murphy Road (S.R. 1448) at sign

       for Wallace Gap.  This is first left on paved road after gap.       1.7 Miles   2 Minutes


11. Turn right at gap and signs for Standing Indian Campground.    1.9 Miles    4 Minutes

       This road is signposted as FR 67.


12. Turn right at entrance to Standing Indian Campground.              1.8 Miles   5 Minutes


13.Turn right on Loop 3 for Kimsey Group Area                               0.4 Miles   2 Minutes


14. Turn right to Group Campsites at restroom at end of Loop 3.      0.1 Miles   2 Minutes


15. Ford Kimsey Creek and arrive at Campsites B and C .                 0.2 Miles  2 Minutes

                                                                                                84.6 Miles, 102 minutes

TOTAL:  1 hour and 42 minutes.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             




        A Departure Bulletin will be sent by email to all who have registered to camp about a week before the event. The Departure Bulletin will give you any last minute details and updates.