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Squirrels Nest Pioneer Camping

The Basics:
Event Type:Camping
Event Location: Unicoi State Park
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Sep 22 2006  9:00 am >> N/A
Registration Opens: Mon, Jan 1 2007 12:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Sep 15 2006 11:59 pm
Event Duration:per itinerary
Difficulty Rating:D1: Easy
Trip Leader(s):
Phil 'Foz' Parkerson
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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:20
Minimum Group Size:8
Number Registered So Far: 21 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Tired of tradtional tent pioneer camping?

Looking for something different and unique?

Well, I have got just what you need...
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.

We will be camping in the Squirrels Nest area, which is a village of primitive camping structures or platforms (15x14). The Nests themselves are roofed, one backwall and open on 3 sides. Therefore, tents are not needed for this trip. The site has lots of picnic tables, running water and yes, our own comfort station (no showers, sorry).

The itinerary is the same as most of my pioneer trips...arrive Friday, setup, dinner and a fire; Saturday, a short easy hike and maybe a trip into Helen for lunch and tourist activities, dinner and relax around the fire and finally; Sunday, breakfast and head for home.

NOTE: In an effort to be more environmentally friendly, the AOC will no longer use styrofoam plates or plastic cups. We will recycle all plastics, bottles and cans during our event. Further, the AOC will provide everyone reuseable plates, bowls, etc. We ask for everyone to bring their own drinking CUP and/or mug to wash and reuse during the event.

Required Items to Bring:
Sleeping bag/pad/air mattress
Personal items
Camp chair
Cup or mug
Bug spray
Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking shoes

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Helen, GA., 30545 8:00 pm at Squirrels Nest Camping Area, Unicoi State Park I-85 North to I-985 North, Exit 22; take 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 left (across for the street from The Lodge entrance).


Are Dogs Permitted? Yes

Will this event occur rain or shine? Yes, unless extreme weather is 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.

E-mail the trip leader to be put on a waiting list if the trip 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:Cost is $42 which includes all camping fee and all meals.

Deposit is required to hold your spot on the trip.

Cancel before or on 9/15, trip is refundable less $5. Cancel after 9/15, trip is non-refundable unless you replace yourself on the trip.
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.