Hiking - Camporees

Spring 2017 Camporee, May 5-7 at the Standing Indian Campground*

Hikes of various lengths and difficulty will be offered Saturday and Sunday. Dinner will be shared Saturday night. The cost for a campsite is $10 per person for two nights. Barbecue will be offered at a minimal cost on Saturday. Please bring a side dish. Send $10 to reserve a space to Bev Macdowell at 166 Mt. Royal Drive Arden, NC, 28704 Indicate if you want barbecue and what you plan to bring Saturday night. Include your name and email address. The CMC camporees are held to recognize the importance of North Carolina’s Mountain Treasures. North Carolina’s Mountain Treasures are 41 areas within our Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests that stand out with special conservation, recreation, scenic, and cultural values. The United States Forest Service is now revising the management plan for our public forests in Western North Carolina—the current evaluation of Potential Wilderness Areas (PWAs) is our opportunity to gain better protection for these valuable places!.

Bev MacDowell, cell: 828-777-5806bevmacdowellhappy@gmail.com and Kay Shurtleff,828-749-9230kshurtleff@msn.com
* To campground from Franklin, North Carolina, take U.S. Highway 64 west approximately 12 miles, passing through Winding Stair Gap. Near the bottom of the mountain from the gap, turn left on West Old Murphy Road (State Route 1448) and watch for a directional sign for the campground. Go 1.9 miles and turn right on Forest Road 67 at the Standing Indian Campground sign. This is a paved road. Go 1.7 miles and turn right into the campground.


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.