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Pioneer Camping

The Basics:
Event Type:Camping
Event Location: DeSoto State Park
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Aug 19 2005  9:00 am >> N/A
Registration Opens: Mon, Jan 1 2007 12:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Aug 14 2005 11:59 pm
Event Duration:per itinerary
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Trip Leader(s):
Phil 'Foz' Parkerson
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:20
Minimum Group Size:10
Number Registered So Far: 9 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Easy to Moderate

And now, for somewhere completely different...Alabama.

Named for the famous explorer that traveled the area in 1540, the 3,052 acre DeSoto State Park is nestled atop beautiful scenic Lookout Mountain in NE Alabama.

DeSoto State Park was built by the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) and dedicated May 24, 1939. At the time, it was the largest state park. The hard work and effort of the CCC is still visible throughout the park today. From original structures, a rock quarry with a drill still wedged in the rock to an old golf course. In the rustic tradition of the CCC, the park is accented with numerous waterfalls and fragrant wildflowers.

After the trip over on Friday, we will setup camp in the parks primitive camping area (we will have use of the parks Comfort Stations), cook dinner and relax around the fire. Saturday, we will cook breakfast then headout for some hiking to explore the parks many natural and geological wonders. Saturday afternoon is open. Later, we will cook dinner and again relax around the fire. Sunday, its breakfast and then pack for home.

Required Items to Bring:
Sleeping bag
Camp Chair
Bug Spray
Rain Gear
Recommended Items to Bring:
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Swimsuit for the park pool Saturday afternoon.
Cooler with your favorite beverage
Hiking shoes

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Ft Payne, AL., 800.252.7275 8:30pm DeSoto State Park primitive camping area I-75 North to Exit 306, Adairsville; left onto Hwy 140; right onto Hwy 1/27 to Summerville, left onto Hwy 48, pass thur the cities of Menlo and Cloudland, Hwy 48 changes to AL 117 at the state border; in Mentone, left onto Hwy 89; the park entrance is 7 miles on the left.


Are Dogs Permitted? Yes, but they must be well behaved, in good health and get along with people as well as other dogs.

Will this event occur rain or shine? Yes, but not if exceptionally heavy thundershowers are forecast.

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 Includes:$32 includes camping and all meals provided.
Additional costs include parking fee and shared gas expense if you carpool.

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