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Pioneer Camping & Waterfall Hike

The Basics:
Event Type:Camping
Event Location: Wildcat Tract
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Aug 11 2006  9:00 am >> N/A
Registration Opens: Mon, Jan 1 2007 12:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Aug 4 2006 11:59 pm
Event Duration:per itinerary
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Trip Leader(s):
Bo Slaughter
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Member Cost:$12.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:16
Minimum Group Size:6
Number Registered So Far: 16 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Easy camping, swimming, wading, and campfire fun with six mile easy to moderate hike

If you travel to the campground from Jasper on Hwy 53, please notice as you go through Tate, GA on the right a pink marble mansion. Built in 1923 by Colonel Samuel Tate, the founder of the Georgia Marble Company, it is made from a vein of extremely rare pink marble that was discovered nearby. (Further down the road on Hwy 53 in Marble Hill, GA you will see actual marble mines still operating.) The mansion is now a bed & breakfast.

Join us for camping fun at the Wildcat Tract of Dawson Forest; it is a 4,500-acre Wildlife Management Area that has recently had a new set of six trails cut into the forest. The trails officially opened last month. It is so new that relatively few people have discovered it.

The Wildcat Campground is a large tent area next to the Amilcalola River. The camping area has tent sites along with fire rings and picnic tables. There are no bathroom facilities available so you will have to bring trowels in order to make cat-holes to use, or, if you must, drive 7 + miles to shopping center to use one.

After arriving Friday night, we will set up our tent sites, and shortly after, be served Bruce’s world famous slightly hot, 3 bean turkey chili, light campfires in fire rings provided and have fun around the fire. Saturday morning, we will wake up leisurely and have coffee made and have french toast for breakfast, made with blueberry or whole wheat bread, as to individual preferences. After the first two meals, lunch will be trail food of your own preference, and dinner will be at a local diner.

After breakfast Saturday morning, we will hike approximately 3 ¼ miles on the easy Wildcat Creek and Fall Creek trails, with one roped, rock hopping creek crossing, and then following the river upstream, to a beautiful 75 waterfall with a wading, swimming hole. (Wear your swimsuit if you like!) Swimming holes abound on the Amicalola River near the campsite as well.

Bring any trail snacks desired, water, and lunch to eat at the waterfall.

After returning to the campground, we will relax, play games, swim in the river, etc. After dinner we will return, make another good fire and enjoy each other’s company.

Anyone wanting to enjoy each the groups company after waking Sunday morning can join us at the Huddle House next to the Foothills shopping center before returning home.

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Camp supplies (tent, sleeping bag, etc)
Trowel & TP
Insect Repellent
Appropriate clothing, boots and a swimsuit

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Dawson Forest, GA 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm - at the campground-directions in itinerary below. It is only an hour drive from Chastain Road parl-n-ride NOTE: The road into the campground is gravel/dirt, and a high clearance vehicle is better suited. It can be done carefully in a car, but not a low-slung sports car. There are places on the road where a low vehicle may bottom out.

From I75 – Take I75 to I575/515 north to Jasper. Just past the large Quicktrip gas station, on left, traveling uphill, look for sign for 108/53 on the right side of the road. Turn right onto Hwy 53 East. Go on highway 53, a little past 11 miles to Steve Tate Road (marked by Foothills shopping center on left just before road). Turn left here, and travel 7.2 miles (just past Pleasant Union Baptist Church) and turn left there at Wildcat Camp Road, travel 8/10s mile on graveled road to campground.

From Ga400 – Take 400 North to Ga Hwy 53 (about 1 mile past the North Georgia Outlet Mall). Turn left. Take Hwy 53 for approx. 17 miles just into Pickens County. Turn right onto Steve Tate Hwy. (Look for Foothills shopping center just after turn). Go 7.2 miles (just past Pleasant Union Baptist Church) and turn left there at Wildcat Camp Road, travel 8/10s mile on graveled road to campground.


Are Dogs Permitted? Yes. Please contact the trip leader; a limited number of dogs will be allowed. Owner is responsible for dogs food and water. Six-foot non-telescoping leash is required. Dogs must be tolerant of people and other dogs. Trip leader reserves the right to ask owners of problem dogs to leave the event.

Will this event occur rain or shine? No.

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Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$12.00/Person
Non-Member Cost:$12.00/Person
Cost Includes:$12 includes two meals. Refundable less $5 if you cancel.
$20-25 pocket money to cover gas and two meals
Gas money for carpool driver
Money for Saturday Dinner and Sunday Breakfast
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.