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Squirrels nest camping and tubing in Helen

The Basics:
Event Type:Camping
Event Location: Unicoi State Park
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Jun 13 2003  9:00 am >> N/A
Registration Opens: Mon, Jan 1 2007 12:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Jun 11 2003 11:59 pm
Event Duration:per itinerary
Difficulty Rating:D1: Easy
Trip Leader(s):

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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:28
Minimum Group Size:10
Number Registered So Far: 19 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


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.
We will serve you dinner on Friday night, we will eat in Helen on Saturday after the tubing...
Not into camping? Or not able to stay all weekend? We will be tubing on Saturday and you are welcome to join us! Just meet us at the Cool River Tubing, 10:30 am. (see their website for directions.
Costs: $4 for tubing, cash for dinner – pay at cool river tubing
Required Items:
bathing suit
Change of clothes
Old shoes or sandals for the river
Suggested Items:
water bottles or beverage of choice
Water proof camera

Required Items to Bring:
Warm clothing for the evening as it may get chilly!
Change of clothing for the tubing trip
Bedding (sleeping bag, pad)
Money for lunch in Helen
Toilet paper
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
Tarps if you wish privacy in your shelter
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.

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? No
Will this event occur rain or shine? Yes
Max/Min # of people? Minimum 10, Maximum 40
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!!!!!

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

Cost Includes:$25.00 includes your dinner Friday night; Breakfast and Lunch Saturday; and Breakfast and Lunch Sunday. Please note that this does not include the tubing cost of $4.00 which will be paid at the outfitter on Saturday or your dinner in Helen on Saturday.
Refunds okay before June 6th, no refunds after June 6th unless replaced.

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