Hiking - Camporees

What is a Camporee?

            A camporee is a car-camping weekend. The CMC camporees are held to recognize the importance of North Carolina's Mountain Treasures--41 areas within our Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests that stand out with special conservation, recreation, scenic and cultural values. The US Forest Service is in the process of revising the management plan for national forests in Western North Carolina. Camporees provide an opportunity to learn more about the areas that will be impacted by the Forest Plan.

            In planning the Camporee we choose a campground that is central to a cluster of trails. Often there are trailheads in the campground. Most people arrive Friday afternoon or evening, before quiet hour begins. Sites are secured and tents are pitched. There will be a packet of information about each hike. At the Friday night campfire, leaders of the Saturday hikes give pitches why their trip is the best.  Some hikers arrive early Saturday morning, and sometimes we can accommodate day hikers. 

            Usually we schedule four hikes on Saturday. They are generally the longer hikes and ones that require a shuttle.  For Sunday, we usually have three or four shorter hikes. On Sunday we like to have hikes that are loops, are in-and-out hikes, or have very short shuttles. We schedule at least one easy hike on each day. All hikes depart the campground at 9:00 a.m. 

            On Saturday night there is a Barbecue, a community meal with the main dish provided and campers bringing appetizers, side dishes and desserts.

2016 FAll Camporee

Dates:  Friday Sept. 30 through Sunday October 2

Place:  Appletree Campground near Franklin, NC

Directions: From Asheville: Take I-40 west and Exit 27 (Waynesville) onto U.S. 23. Take U.S. 23 past Sylva Exits 85 & 83. At Exit 81, take U.S. 74 west and U.S. 19 through Nantahala Gorge to the Nantahala River Launch Site. Turn left onto SR 1310 (Wayah Road). Go about 8 miles and turn right onto SR 1401 (Junaluska road). Go approximately 2.5 miles, and the campground entrance is on your right:

Registration: To reserve a space for the fall Camporee send $10 to Bev MacDowell at 166 Mt. Royal Drive Arden, NC 28704. This will cover the per person cost of a campsite for two nights. Include your name and email address.

Barbeque: Indicate if you want to participate in the barbeque and what you plan to bring. (Please notify Bev MacDowell if you have a Yeti cooler that can be used to store the food for Saturday night).

 HIKES (tba)

If you can lead a hike, please contact Jill Gottesman at jill_gottesman@tws.org


REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED, BOTH TO ATTEND AND FOR THE BARBECUE SUPPER.  We ask you to register even for attending so that we can keep a running attendance count, and so we can place an upper level on attendance in case of numbers that overload our planning expectations.