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Amicalola Falls Pioneer Camping

The Basics:
Event Type:Camping
Event Location: National Forest
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Apr 9 2004  9:00 am >> N/A
Registration Opens: Mon, Jan 1 2007 12:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Mon, Apr 5 2004 11:59 pm
Event Duration:per itinerary
Difficulty Rating:D1: Easy
Trip Leader(s):
Katherine Martin
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:30
Minimum Group Size:5
Number Registered So Far: 16 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

EASY (Primitive car camping)


This will be a fun primitive camping experience in a beautiful secluded spot in the National Forest. You can drive to drive to the campsite.

This is a great opportunity to get to know some new people and experience the beautiful North Georgia Mountains in Spring. Our favorite site has a creek running through it, and plenty of space for everyone to put up a tent. You’ll go to sleep with the sound of the rushing water and wake up to the sound of bird calls in the morning…

We’ll arrive Friday night, gather firewood and set up our campsite, then enjoy a simple camp meal of hotdogs and hamburgers. As night falls, we can sit around the campfire making s’mores, singing bawdy songs, and telling stories ‘till late into the night. Musicians are welcome to bring their instruments…

Saturday’s adventures are up to you…after a hearty breakfast, groups can split off to do whatever they please. There are trails in the neighboring state park to a beautiful waterfall, and bike trails and hiking trails in the local area. There are also a few fun roads for a little SUV action….and I’ve seen ORV’s in the area as well.

Saturday night we’ll cook a great campfire meal…best you’ve ever had!

Sunday, there will be people at the camp until mid-day, so plan to stay as long as you like…

Check out for more info….

Local Activities
Hiking – 12 miles of trails
Trout Fishing
Interpretive Programs

Nearby Attractions
Dahlonega Gold Museum
Dawsonville CVB
Vogel State Park
Alpine Village of Helen
Bill Elliott Museum
Unicoi State Park and Lodge
Fort Mountain State Park
Ellijay Apple Country
Burt’s Pumpkin Farm
North Georgia Premium Outlet Mall
Thunder Road USA
Funk Heritage Center

This is primitive camping, meaning there are NO facilities…although showers and bathrooms are available in the nearby state park (a 5-10 minute drive) should you be totally averse to “roughing” it. There is also a stream on site, if you favor a REALLY cold bath….!

Required Items to Bring:
Required Items: tent
Ground sheet (or tarp)
Sleeping bag -April weather can be chilly and damp, and is generally colder in the mountains than in the city (although rarely below freezing)
Flashlight (with extra batteries)
Boots/camp shoes
Toilet paper
Personal toiletries

We will provide all of your necessary eating utensils.
Additional grills, etc are always welcome.
Please note that pioneer camping does not require below freezing rated equipment. Most camping items for the warmer weather in Georgia can be found for reasonable prices at such places as Walmart or Target or can be rented at some outdoor gear stores such as REI. Let us know if you need help finding gear.
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
Suggested Items:
Sleeping pad
Extra set of clothes kept in your car or drybag in case of a downpour
Rain clothing (or poncho)
Lip balm
Insect Repellent
Water bottles
Small cooler to carry extra beverages

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Dawsonville, GA We will try to be at the site before dark (around 9:00 pm) in order to set up camp, and start cooking dinner. Specific Campsite directions to be emailed to attendees prior to the event.

15 miles northwest of Dawsonville on Ga. Hwy. 52. Take 400 North to Hwy. 53 (on your left) Take Hwy. 53 west to Hwy. 183 north to Hwy. 52 east. Amicalola State Park is on your left (you will drive through the park and into the National Forest.)

You can pay in three ways....

1) You can pay by cash or check (made out to Atlanta Outdoor Club) at the monthly socials to Phil Tuck or Katherine Martin (Please note a $20 charge for returned checks and a returned check voids the hold on your spot)

2) You can pay by Paypal ( and direct the payment to with a note indicating the event you are attending

3) You can mail a check (made out to Atlanta Outdoor Club) to P.O. Box 468241, Atlanta, GA 31146

(Please note that, if at all possible, we will hold your spot if you let us know how and when you can pay)

Are Dogs Permitted? Pets are welcome if leashed (leash must be no longer than six feet) and accompanied by the owner at all times; however, they are not allowed in or around historic sites, cottages, lodges, group camps, swimming areas. Kennels are not available. Owners should clean up after pets. ALSO, keep in mind that you cannot leave your pet at the camp site.

Will this event occur rain or shine? Yes. It almost always rains in the North Georgia Mountains, so be prepared.

* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

Cost Includes:$25.00 includes your dinner Friday, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on Saturday and Breakfast Sunday…..and lunch as well on Sunday if you are inclined to stay through lunch….

Refunds minus Paypal costs allowed prior to April 5, 2004. No refunds after April 5, 2003. This is a rain or shine event….

Please contact us if you have any special food needs, such as “I will die if I eat that” or “My face will swell to the size of a watermelon if I come anywhere close to that”. We will provide for special requests if they are advised to us IN ADVANCE!!!!!

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.