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Classic Pioneer Camping - Cloudland Canyon

The Basics:
Event Type:Camping
Event Location: Cloudland Canyon State Park, Rising Fawn, GA
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Nov 16 2012  8:00 pm >> Sun, Nov 18 2012 11:00 am  (Carpool Departure: 6:00 pm   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Tue, Oct 16 2012 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Nov 1 2012 5:00 pm
Event Duration:1 Days 15 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Trip Leader(s):
Jennifer Howle
Phil 'Foz' Parkerson
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Member Cost:$36.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:40
Minimum Group Size:10
Number Registered So Far: 44 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


Pioneer camping (a.k.a. car camping) is an easy event for those looking to get back to nature and enjoy the simple pleasures in life...sleeping outdoors and sitting around a fire. With the weather is getting chilly, the leaves are turning bright, golden hues and old man winter is right around the corner.

For this trip, we will head to the northwest corner of Georgia to Cloudland Canyon State Park. One of the most scenic parks in the state, Cloudland offers beautiful views and two cascading waterfalls at the bottom of a gorge cut by Sitton Gulch Creek.

Our campsite has a large covered pavilion, running water, fire ring, a shelter and a pit toilet. A Comfort Station with hot showers and flushing toilets is a short drive to another part of the park if you must have it.

The agenda is standard for my pioneer trips: Arrive Friday, set up camp, cook dinner and relax around the fire with tall tales and some good tunes. Saturday, we will have a hearty breakfast and head out on a hike. We will hike the 4.8 mile West Rim Trail with beautiful vistas of the canyon and rugged geology. We will have lunch overlooking the countryside some 2000 feet below. Following the hike, for those interested with energy to spare, we will brave the infamous stairs down into the gorge to view two gorgeous waterfalls cascading into large pools (assuming there has been rain). The remainder of the afternoon is yours to enjoy. Later, we will enjoy another hearty meal and relax around the fire. Sunday, it's a light breakfast and pack for home.

The change of season comes late to Georgia so this trip is not to be missed if you enjoy the outdoors during autumn. We will have plenty of hot cocoa and desserts to go along with a warm toasty fire. It just doesn't get any better! Join me for the last classic pioneer camping trip of the season!

UPDATE: We have reserved all 4 pioneer camping spots, so we will be able to spread out and not worry about disturbing another group (or having them disturb us!) Because of the popularity of this trip, we have upped the allowed number to 40.

*PLEASE NOTE: expect late nights carousing around the campfire, a little dog slobber, and an awesome weekend!

Required Items to Bring:

Sleeping bag/pad/air mattress
Warm comfortable clothing/camp shoes
Personal toiletries
Camp chair
Rain gear
2 Bags of firewood (Important if you want to be warm!)

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Bug Repellant
Hiking shoes
Adult beverages (optional of course)

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

(Gate closes at 10:00pm), Cloudland Canyon State Park, Pioneer Campsite #2 (Everyone must check-in at the park office for a parking pass; late arrivals can check-in next morning) - I-75 North to Exit 320, Hwy 136; left onto Hwy 136; continue on Hwy 136 thru LaFayette and Cooper Heights; continuing on Hwy 136, after passing Hwy 189, look for the park entrance on the right.

NOTE: This is an extended drive from 2 to 2 ½ hours so plan accordingly.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):200Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 6:00 pm
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $80.00 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.


A very limited number of dogs will be permitted. The owner is responsible for the behavior and care of their dog. If the dog can not be controlled, the owner may have to remove the dog from the event.

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Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$36.00/Person
Cost Includes:

$36.00 per person includes your dinner Friday, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on Saturday and Breakfast Sunday

$5.00 Park Fee (pay at the park!) unless you have an Annual Park Pass!

Payment may be made via PayPal, PC Banking or Check. It is your responsibility to get the deposit payment and/or balance payment in meet the due dates. Allow two days processing for PayPal and PC Banking and one week to mail a check.

No partial payment for partial attendance.

Payment Cut Off:Payment must be received by the AOC on Thu, Nov 1 2012.
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Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.

If you cancel on or before Nov 1, full payment is refundable less a $5 administrative fee. No refund after Nov 1 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.