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Amicalola Falls Pioneer Camping

The Basics:
Event Type:Camping
Event Location: National Forest
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Apr 26 2003  9:00 am >> N/A
Registration Opens: Mon, Jan 1 2007 12:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Apr 23 2003 11:59 pm
Event Duration:per itinerary
Difficulty Rating:D1: Easy
Trip Leader(s):
Katherine Martin
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:30
Minimum Group Size:5
Number Registered So Far: 17 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No



We will provide a fun primitive camping experience in a beautiful secluded spot in the National Forest. You will be able to drive to the campsite.

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….!

We will offer skill seminars on the following:
Low impact camping – what it means, how to accomplish Setting up camp (include tent site selection, kitchen selection, protecting food from animals, bathroom site selection)
Water Purification
Wood Gathering – tips, how to’s, acceptable practices
Building a fire – include extinguishing uidelines and tips.
Cooking over a fire
Trail Finding – using a map, following blazes, what if I get lost

If you would like to lead a seminar, please contact

Required Items to Bring:
Required Items: tent
Ground sheet (or tarp)
Sleeping bag -April weather can be chilly and damp, and is generally colder in the mountains than in the city (although rarely below freezing)
Flashlight (with extra batteries)
Boots/camp shoes
Toilet paper
Personal toiletries

We will provide all of your necessary eating utensils.
Additional grills, etc are always welcome.
Please note that pioneer camping does not require below freezing rated equipment. Most camping items for the warmer weather in Georgia can be found for reasonable prices at such places as Walmart or Target or can be rented at some outdoor gear stores such as REI. Let us know if you need help finding gear.
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
Suggested Items:
Sleeping pad
Extra set of clothes kept in your car or drybag in case of a downpour
Rain clothing (or poncho)
Lip balm
Insect Repellent
Water bottles
Small cooler to carry extra beverages

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Dawsonville, GA 9:30 am at the site (some of us will be camping out Friday night….you are welcome to join us!...well be there by 9:00 pm) Specific Campsite directions to be emailed to attendees prior to the event.

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. Amicalola State Park is on your left (you will drive through the park and into the National Forest.)

You can pay in three ways....

1) You can pay by cash or check (made out to Atlanta Outdoor Club) at the monthly socials to Phil Tuck or Katherine Martin (Please note a $20 charge for returned checks and a returned check voids the hold on your spot)

2) You can pay by Paypal ( and direct the payment to with a note indicating the event you are attending

3) You can mail a check (made out to Atlanta Outdoor Club) to P.O. Box 468241, Atlanta, GA 31146

(Please note that, if at all possible, we will hold your spot if you let us know how and when you can pay)

Are Dogs Permitted? Pets are welcome if leashed (leash must be 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.

* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

Cost Includes:

Costs: $20.00 includes your Lunch and Dinner on Saturday and Breakfast and Lunch on Sunday…..

Refunds minus Paypal costs allowed prior to April 23, 2003. No refunds after April 23, 2003. This is a rain or shine 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!!!!!

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