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REGISTRATION & PAYMENT REQUIRED: Once you've reviewed the event details, and decided you'd like to join us, you MUST sign up at the bottom of this page. This is a paid event with payment managed by the trip leader(s) and NOT the AOC. Please read the event description carefully for payment details and instructions.

Cavorting in the Carolinas

The Basics:
Event Type:Adventure
Event Location: North and South Carolina
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jul 31 2021  10:00 am >> Wed, Aug 4 2021 5:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Fri, Jun 25 2021 6:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Jul 29 2021 9:03 am
Event Duration:4 Days 7 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D6: Advanced (Exploratory)
Distance:75 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
RonnyJ (Call me Ron)
Leigh B
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Member Cost:$450.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 8 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a Trip Leader isn't personally familiar with a trip, there is an increased chance of things not going as planned and you need to be prepared. The Trip Leader may have additional details in the itinerary.


This is going to be a fun packed hiking adventure in the Carolinas. If you are fit and crave an adventure, you will enjoy this trip!




We have researched several options for accommodation and there are options still available to book. We estimate the cost to stay as a group in a house will be around $80 to $100 per person per night. The trip leaders will get first dibs on rooms and from there will assign beds to members on the list. We will try to do this in order of sign up time, but we may have to  allocate rooms/beds by gender mix. Everyone will get their own bed but not necessarily their own room. Bathrooms will most likely have to be shared. Everyone will pay the same amount for the accommodation. Once booked, the money paid for accommodation is non refundable. If there is a waiting list and another member can fill and pay for a cancelled spot, that person can join the trip and the member who dropped the event will then be reimbursed when the newly added member pays. We will use paypal or venmo for these transactions. 

Payment must be made by June 30, 2021.


You are responsible for bringing your own food for breakfast and lunch. (Please see the notes for Saturday hike below). 

For dinner we will eat as a group at a restaurant. We can decide if we want to eat right after hiking before getting to the accommodation or if we have time to shower and change before anyone reaches 'hangry' territory. Majority vote wins. 



The Hikes:

Saturday- You will arrange to meet with your carpool buddies and drive to the trailhead for our first hike. Be sure to have a cooler packed with your provisions for the trip, in a well insulated cooler your food will remain cool and fresh until we get to our accomodations later in the day.

Foothills Trail - Lick Log Falls to Kings Creek Falls (16 miles/2500 feet of gain). This is a fun hike along the Chattoga River on the iconic Foothills trail. We will enjoy river views along almost the entire length of the trail with several opportunities to swim along with a handful of waterfalls to enjoy. This out and back hike will be a lot of fun! We will be stopping along the way to eat lunch.

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Sunday- Shining Rock, Sam Knob Trek (13 miles/2500 feet of gain). You will need sunscreen and a hat for this awesome hike that summits several mountains and has magnificent 360 views. Prepare to be overwhelmed!

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Monday- Grandfather Mountain (13 miles/4000 feet of gain). This hike is a true adventure with ladders and ropes and bridges and FUN! We will be having big views and creeks and scrambles all day on this fun trail.

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Trailhead Location


Tuesday- Linville Gorge (17 miles/4500 feet of gain). Another hike that you will need the sunscreen! Linville Gorge is beautiful and we will have spectacular views all the way on this trek. Our turn around is at Table Rock Mountain, the views here are incredible!

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Wednesday- Foothills Trail to Lake Jocassee (16 miles/2500 feet of gain). We will check out of our accomodations and head for South Carolina for the last hike of our trip. This is another awesome hike on the Foothills trail with waterfalls and lake views and overall awesomeness! What a great way to end our adventure.

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Required Items to Bring:

Appropriate hiking attire and shoes including day pack for plenty of water. 

Cooler with breakfast, lunch and snack items. (We will not have time to shop for food, so make sure your cooler is well packed with ice etc as it will be in a car for the duration of the Saturday hike)

Overnight items for staying at optional accommodation

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

Hiking poles

Sunscreen, hat

Insect repellant

Cards/games for the group

Extra drinks/electrolytes



How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Saturday Trailhead location

Sunday Trailhead location

Monday Trailhead location

Tuesday Trailhead location

Wednesday Trailhead location


Accomodations Location

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):850Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:30 am
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $340.00 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.


The TL(s) for this event has (have) elected either to personally collect the funds that event participants are required to pay, or to require participants to pay funds directly to a third party. No funds will be paid to the Atlanta Outdoor Club for this event. By registering for this event, you acknowledge and agree that: (1) the monies paid by registrants will not be monitored, managed, or otherwise accounted for by the Atlanta Outdoor Club; (2) that the Atlanta Outdoor Club bears no financial responsibility for this event; and (3) you waive any and all claims against the Atlanta Outdoor Club, and hold the Atlanta Outdoor Club harmless for the loss of any monies you paid for this event.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, any paid registrant may request directly from the TL(s), prior to the event, a breakdown of funds collected, estimated expenses, and deposits made in anticipation of the event. Within 30 days after the event, the TL(s) must complete a financial accounting of monies collected and spent, along with supporting documentation; any attendee may ask to see this accounting. If you are unable to obtain requested documentation, please contact the Director of Paid Events.

Included in the cost is a $15 administrative fee to the AOC.

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Member Cost:$450.00/Person
Cost Includes:

Trip leaders will be using paypal or venmo for transactions. 

INCLUDED: LODGING ONLY ($80 to $100 a night for 4 nights is an estimate, see details in write up above). Final cost will be given when the accommodation is firmly booked.

NOT INCLUDED: Costs will be incurred for: GAS (paid to drivers of the carpools, see details in Carpool Directions section of write-up. DINNERS (see details in Meals section of write-up)

Make a Payment:Although there is a cost for this event, you do not pay through the AOC. Please review the event details carefully for information about how/where to make your payment.

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

If you cancel, money already paid for accommodation will only be reimbursed if another member pays for a place.