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Classic Pioneer Camping - Black Rock Mountain

The Basics:
Event Type:Camping
Event Location: Black Rock Mountain State Park, Mountain City, GA   Camping: Classic Pioneer Camping - Black Rock Mountain  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Apr 15 2022  1:00 pm >> Sun, Apr 17 2022 12:00 pm
Registration Opens: Fri, Feb 18 2022 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Mar 25 2022 8:00 pm
Event Duration:1 Days 23 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Trip Leader(s):
Chris L
Stacey Johnson
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Member Cost:$18.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:30
Minimum Group Size:10
Number Registered So Far: 12 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes



Black Rock Mountain State Park, named for its sheer cliffs of dark-colored biotite gneiss, encompasses some of the most outstanding country in Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Located just north of Clayton, GA, astride the Eastern Continental Divide, at an altitude of 3,640 feet, Black Rock Mountain is the highest state park in Georgia. Numerous scenic overlooks provide spectacular 80-mile vistas of the Southern Appalachians, and several hiking trails lead visitors past wildflowers, streams, small waterfalls and lush forests making it one of Georgia’s best state parks.

 We will camp (a.k.a. car camping) at the Tsatu-gi Pioneer Camp site at Black Rock Mountain State Park. Black Rock Mountain pioneer camping is not your traditional pioneer campsite. You have the option of sleeping in one of four adirondack style buildings (each with 8 bunk bed frames) or pitching your tent for the traditional experience. The bunks are first come first serve. The campsite has a large cabin with a table, a few couches, electricity and a microwave. The cabin has a loft that will sleep up to 6 people. The site has pit toilets and a outdoor cold water shower. Shower passes, for use at the bathhouse at the tradition campground, can be purchased at the visitor’s center.

Unlike other pioneer camping trips you may have attended with AOC, with the exception of dinner on Saturday night, everyone will be responsible for your own meals.  There is a microwave in the cabin but you may want to bring your own stove to cook your meals. Clayton, Ga is a 12-minute drive with many restaurant options. On Saturday noght we will have a cookout. Hamburgers and all the fixings will be provided. We ask that all campers bring a side dish to share.

We are allowing a total of 6 well behaved dogs on this event. If you are bringing a dog, you will need to bring a tent. Dogs are not allowed in the adirondack shelters.


The Plan:

FRIDAY: The group arrives at the campsite after 1:00pm. We set up camp, cook dinner, and enjoy our creations by the fire. Later, we sit around the campfire toasting 'Smores, and telling (mostly true) stories. Accomplished musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments.

SATURDAY: Campers have several options:

a)       Hike one of the trails at Black Rock Mountain State Park

  1. James E Edmond Trail - 7.2 mile loop rated difficult to strenuous
  2. Tennessee Rock Trail - 2.2 Mile loop rated moderate to difficult
  3. Black Rock Lake Trail - 0.85 mile loop rated easy

b)      Hike one of the many trails in the Clayton, GA, area including sections of the Appalachian Trail.
  AllTrails list of great hikes near Clayton.

c)       Raft the Chattoga River with one of the local Outfitters.

d)      Visit Tallulah Gorge State Park.

e)      Visit Moonrise Distillery for local moonshine or some of the local vineyards - Stonewall Creek Vineyards, Tiger Mountain Vineyards and 12 Spices Vineyards.

f)       Sleep in, eat when hungry, read a book, hang a hammock and enjoy the day hanging around the campsite.

SUNDAYWake up, eat up (our breakfast), pack up (our gear), clear up (the campsite), and head out.


Required Items to Bring:

Tent (only if you don't want to sleep in a bunk house)
Sleeping bag/pad
Warm change of clothes
Rain Jacket
Bug spray
Camp chair
2 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Dish to share for Saturday night cookout
Camp stove and Camp stove fuel
Plate, mug, and untensils
(2) bags of firewood (important!)

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

Hiking shoes
Trekking poles
Snacks to share with group (optional)
Cooler with your favorite beverages (optional)

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Mountain City, GA, 8:00 p.m. at the pioneer campsite in Black Rock Mountain State Park. I-85N to I-985N to 441N through Tallulah Falls and Clayton; 3 miles North of Clayton, in Mountain City, turn left onto Black Rock Mountain Parkway (look for brown signs) and continue up steep mountain road into the park; at the Y in the road, stay right and follow signs to Tsatu-Gi pioneer camping; turn right on gravel road (next to the cabins) and continue down hill to pioneer campsite.


Are Dogs Permitted? Yes, we are  limiting the numberto 6 dogs Chris' dog Fia plus 5 more) The first 6 dogs to sign up get the spots. NO other pets (ie, cats, birds, lizards, snakes, etc) are permitted. Kennels are not available. Owner is reponsible for feeding and watering. Owner should always clean up after their dog. Owner is also responsible for dogs behavior. If the dog cannot be controlled, trip leader may ask the dog to be removed from the trip. The trip leader must approve all dogs prior to the event!!

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Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$18.00/Person
Cost Includes:

$18 includes camp site rental and Hamburgers Cookout for Saturday dinner. Please bring a side dish.

Additional fees: $5.00 state park parking fee unless you have an annual park pass

Payment can be made via PayPal. It is your responsibility to get payment in by the due date. Allow two days processing for PayPal.

No partial payment for partial attendance.

Payment Cut Off:Payment must be received by the AOC on Fri, Mar 25 2022.
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Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.

If you cancel on or before March 25th, you will receive a full refund less a $5 administrative fee. No refund if you cancel after March 25th unless someone replaces you and pays in full, then you will receive a full refund less a $5 administrative fee.

Event is rain or shine however the trip leader may cancel if extreme weather conditions are forecast.