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Oktoberfest Camping in the Unicoi Squirrels Nests

The Basics:
Event Type:Camping
Event Location: Unicoi State Park
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Oct 11 2002  9:00 am >> N/A
Registration Opens: Mon, Jan 1 2007 12:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Mon, Oct 7 2002 11:59 pm
Event Duration:per itinerary
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:40
Minimum Group Size:10
Number Registered So Far: 11 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Easy to Moderate

Though not quite in the mountains, Unicoi State Park has definite mountain flair, with high peaks nearby, ridges rising on both sides a trout stream tumbling through it, and one of the regions most impressive waterfalls just a few miles upstream. The most celebrated offering is an outstanding mountain biking trail that has been used for several major races. There are 5 hiking trails in the park that range in length from 0.5 miles to 7 miles. There is also a 53-acre lake in the park that is stocked with bass, bream and catfish. Unicoi is about 3 miles from Helen. We will be camping in the squirrel’s nest area, which is a village of primitive camping structures. There are grills and picnic tables available nearby for the nests, along with a big fire ring and an amphitheater, which are all shared with the other nests. Comfort station with hot water showers and bathrooms within about 50 yards. We will be parking at the trading post, about 100 yards from the nests and walking down with our gear. The nests themselves are roofed, but open on three sides. You will be sharing a shelter with as many as four other people. Tarps are allowed for privacy, but no tents are allowed at all. After arriving on Friday evening, we will gather around the fire for a chili supper, story telling, and marshmallow roasting. Saturday will be a day of on your own activities. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. There will be an organized hike starting around 11am. Other activities in the area include mountain biking, fishing, and touring Helen. Dinner will be on your own in Helen so that everyone can enjoy the festival. We recommend carpooling to Helen, but transportation to and from Helen is your responsibility. Please note this when arranging for your carpools. Sunday will begin with breakfast in the crisp mountain air. We will have a short hike organized to start around noon for those who are interested.

Required Items to Bring:
Warm clothing (jackets, long sleeves as it may get chilly!)Bedding (sleeping bag, pad) Money for dinner in Helen Flashlight Toilet paper
Recommended Items to Bring:
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Tarps if you wish privacy in your shelter Camera Hiking Boots Mountain Bike & gear Daypack and snacks for hiking

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Helen, Georgia 9:00 pm at the squirrels nest at Unicoi State Park Located 2 miles northeast of Helen via Ga. Hwy. 356.

Contact info for organizer for day of event: will be emailed prior to event.
Please contact us if you have any special food needs, such as “I will die if I eat that” or “My face will swell to the size of a watermelon if I come anywhere close to that”. We will provide for special requests if they are advised to us IN ADVANCE!!!!!
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Cost Includes:$40 (includes dinner on Friday, breakfast and lunch on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday) Cancellations and refunds allowed prior to October 7th, minus Paypal fees if applicable. No refunds after October 7th.

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