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.