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Pioneer Camping

The Basics:
Event Type:Camping
Event Location: National Forest near Amicalola Falls State Park
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Apr 21 2006  9:00 am >> N/A
Registration Opens: Mon, Jan 1 2007 12:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Apr 14 2006 11:59 pm
Event Duration:per itinerary
Difficulty Rating:D1: Easy
Trip Leader(s):
Katherine Martin
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Member Cost:$42.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:30
Minimum Group Size:8
Number Registered So Far: 24 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


It’s easy to see why this is one of Georgia’s most popular state parks. Amicalola, a Cherokee Indian word meaning “tumbling waters,” is an appropriate name for these 729-foot falls — the tallest east of the Mississippi River. An eight-mile approach trail leads from the park to Springer Mountain, the southern end of the 2,150-mile Appalachian Trail. However, numerous other trails are available for shorter journeys. Be sure to stop by the park office to see nature displays, live exhibits and a gift shop.

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…

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. You can also bathe in the stream, if you favor a REALLY cold bath…!

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…

NOTE: Please advise any special food needs. We will accommodate your food needs IF advised in ADVANCE.

Required Items to Bring:
Sleeping Bag
Rain Poncho (it ALWAYS rains in the N. GA mountains!)
Toilet Paper
Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking Gear and Snacks (must be kept in your car…there be bears in them thar’ woods!)
Mountain Bike
Personal Items
At least one change of dry clothes, to be kept in your car in case of a total soaking…
We will provide all of your necessary eating utensils. Additional grills, etc are always welcome.

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… 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. Park is on your left.

Directions to the campsite to be provided by email prior to the event.


Are Dogs Permitted? Pets are welcome if leashed (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.

Will This Event Occur Rain or Shine? Yes, It almost always rains in the North Georgia Mountains, so be prepared.

NOTE: Please be considerate of others. If you sign-up and cannot attend, please e-mail the event leader, so others that may be on a waiting list may attend. E-mail the leader to be put on a waiting list if the event is at the max number of attendees.
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Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$42.00/Person
Non-Member Cost:$42.00/Person
Cost Includes:$42.00 includes your dinner Friday, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on Saturday and Breakfast Sunday…..could have lunch as well on Sunday if you are inclined to stay through lunch….

$22.00 deposit due upon signup. Balance due by April 14, 2006
Refunds minus $5 allowed prior to April 14, 2006
No refunds after April 14, 2006
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.