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Squirrels Nest Pioneer Camping

The Basics:
Event Type:Camping
Event Location: Unicoi State Park
Date(s) & Time:Fri, May 13 2005  9:00 am >> N/A
Registration Opens: Mon, Jan 1 2007 12:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Fri, May 6 2005 11:59 pm
Event Duration:per itinerary
Difficulty Rating:D1: Easy
Trip Leader(s):
Phil 'Foz' Parkerson
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Member Cost:$30.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:24
Minimum Group Size:8
Number Registered So Far: 20 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Tired of the traditional tent pioneer camping?

Looking for something different and unique but easy on your wallet?

Do you feel like life is...nevermind.

Well, I have got just what you want...
Nestled in the north Georgia mountains just two miles from the Alpine village of Helen, Unicoi is one of Georgias most beloved state parks. The park is 1000+ acres of gorgeous forest with a pristine lake and beach. There is numerous hiking and mountain biking trails in the area and one of the regions most impressive waterfalls, Anna Ruby Falls.

We will be camping in the Squirrels Nest area, which is a village of primitive camping structures (aka: nests) in the trees. The nests themselves are roofed, but open on 3 sides. You will be sharing a nest with as many as four of your closest friends (no snoring please!). Sorry, NO tents are allowed in the nests.

Grills, picnic tables and a fire ring are all shared within the village. Parking is about 100 yds from the village so plan appropriately. A comfort station is a short walk from the village for bathrooms and hot water showers.

The itinerary is simple - Arrive Friday night, setup, cook dinner, relax and enjoy ourselves; Saturday - do a nearby hike, a stop in Helen for tourist activities and a German beer, spend the evening relaxing in camp and Sunday - break camp and go home!

Required Items to Bring:
Warm clothing for the evening as it may get chilly;
Sleeping bag/pad;
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
Tarp if you wish privacy in your shelter (also helpful if it rains);
Hiking Boots;

How to Get There:
Event Directions:1788 Hwy 356, Helen, GA., 30545, 800.573.9659 Squirrels Nest Area, Unicoi State Park, 8:00pm

I-85 North to I-985 North, take Exit 22, US-129 towards Gainesville and Cleveland for 26 miles; past Cleveland, turn right on Hwy 75 for 10 miles, past Helen, turn right on Hwy 356, Unicoi State Park entrance is on the right.

Total trip time: Approx 1 hr and 50 minutes, 90 miles


Are dogs permitted? No

Will this event occur rain or shine? Yes

NOTE: Please be considerate of others. If you sign-up and cannot attend, please e-mail the trip leader, so others that may be on a waiting list may attend.

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Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$30.00/Person
Non-Member Cost:$30.00/Person
Cost Includes:$30.00 includes meals (Friday night dinner, Saturday breakfast/lunch/dinner and Sunday breakfast.

$3.00 State Park fee unless you have an Annual Park Pass.
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.