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Memorial Day Weekend Primitive Camping - Dog Friendly (Space still available)

The Basics:
Event Type:Camping
Event Location: A H Stephens State Park   Camping: Memorial Day Weekend Primitive Camping - Dog Friendly (Space still available)  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Fri, May 23 2014  4:04 pm >> Mon, May 26 2014 10:00 am
Registration Opens: Sat, May 3 2014 7:07 pm
Registration Cut Off: Mon, May 12 2014 7:07 pm
Event Duration:2 Days 17 Hours 56 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Trip Leader(s):
Chris L
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Member Cost:$10.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:18
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: Yes


It's our favorite season of the year: Camping Season! The weather is warming up, the flowers are starting to bloom, the dogs are frisky, and frankly, that tent in the attic needs airing out! If you know this feeling, join us at this primitive campsite at A H Stephens State Park. Named after the vice president of the Confederacy and governor of Georgia, A.H. Stephens. The primitive campsite at the park comes with some amenities usually not found on primitive sites. We will have a pavilion with lights and electricity - woo hoo! Two water spigots; an Adirondack shelter; a fire ring with benches on all sides; and best of all, a very short walk to a bathroom with flush commodes. In other words, an awesome, outdoorsy weekend.

The Grand PLAN:


Chris and Kiran check in by late afternoon, and set up camp.

The rest of the group arrives at the park sometime in the afternoon or evening, sets up camp, cooks dinner, and enjoys dinner by the fire. Later, we sit around the campfire creating 'Smores, and telling (mostly true) stories. Accomplished musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments.


This is an a la carte trip, so you get to plan your own day! Choices include:

a) Hiking some of the nature trails at the park.

b) Visiting the park's Confederate Museum with one of the finest collections of Civil War artifacts in Georgia. Stephens’ home, Liberty Hall, is renovated to its 1875 style, fully furnished and open for tours.

c) Geocaching.

d) Renting a bike or paddleboat from the park office.

e) Fishing.

f) Sleeping in, relaxing, reading a book, whittling a stick, or playing "Poke a Black Bear and live to tell about it."

Toward nightfall, we flex our culinary skills and share a potluck dinner that will be the envy of campers everywhere. Each person will prepare a dish to share.  As we enjoy our edible artwork, we continue the fun, friendship and relaxation around a toasty fire.



Like Saturday, except with a Sunday flavor...



Wake up, eat up (breakfast), pack up, clear up (the campsite), and head out.



Group Limit for dogs: FIVE dogs + Gracie (our dog)

Dogs are welcome on this event as long as they are supervised by their human at all times. Park rules require your dog be leashed. Also, dogs are not allowed in or around historic sites, cottages, lodges, group camps, and swimming areas. Humans are responsible for the care and feeding of their dog and should ALWAYS clean up after their dog. Humans are solely responsible for their dog's behavior, and dogs that cannot be controlled may either have to be leashed, or in serious cases, asked to leave the event.



This is not a PARTY trip. So, while we encourage responsible drinking, we DO NOT support "party" drinking or bingeing. BTW, while the State Park has strict regulations against alcoholic beverages, our experience shows that most will tolerate alcohol in concealed containers.

We plan to play with our four-legged friends, walk, cook, laze about, and generally "rough it" for a couple of days. Seriously, if you are a Hilton/Marriott style camper, this one is not for you! There are flush commodes, but no showers. However, rumor has it that one can shower at the nearby campground FOR A FEW BUCKS, so start saving those pennies!

Required Items to Bring:
  • Tent with rain fly
  • Air mattress or Sleeping Pad
  • Sleeping Bag or bed linens
  • Camp chair
  • Change of clothes
  • Camp footwear
  • 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
  • Beverages
  • Camp stove or burner with fuel
  • Plate, mug, and untensils
  • Headlamp or Flashlight
  • Rain gear
  • 1-2 bags of firewood (wood is scarce in the area, so this is important)
  • A sense of humor!
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
  • Hiking gear
  • Snacks
  • Camera
  • Personal items
  • OSCILLATING OR BOX FAN (It can get toasty!)

How to Get There:
Event Directions:


1. Plug in the following address:

     A.H. Stephens Historic Park
     456 Alexander Street NW
     Crawfordville , GA 30631

2. Enter the Park and proceed to the Park office to pay the $5 parking fee.

3. Follow signs to Primitive Campsite.



1. Take I-20 East (toward Augusta)

2. Exit #148. Turn Left

3. Turn right at the junction of Hwy 22 and Hwy 278.

4. Turn left at the first traffic light.

5. Go 2 blocks, turn left, and then make an immediate right onto the street leading to the Park.

6. Enter the Park and proceed to the Park office to pay the $5 parking fee.

7. Follow signs to Primitive Campsite.




We encourage participants to carpool to the State Park. If you are interested in carpooling, feel free to contact other participants on the event to arrange your carpool.

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     - Payment must be received by the payment due date and prior to participation in the event.

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     - Third-party vendors often require damage deposits. Each registrant agrees to be liable for and required to reimburse the Atlanta Outdoor Club for any withheld deposits due to the actions of or damages caused by that registrant.

     - No partial payments. All registrants must pay the posted Member Cost regardless of any agreement you may have with any party involved in the event.

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Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$10.00/Person
Cost Includes:

Camping Fees

Payment Cut Off:Payment must be received by the AOC on Mon, May 12 2014.
Make a Payment:Click here for the details. PLEASE PAY AFTER YOU HAVE SIGNED UP BELOW.

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


If you cancel on or before May 12th, full payment is refundable less a $5 administrative fee. No refund after May 12th unless someone from the waitlist replaces you and pays in full.  In that case, you are eligible for 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. If the event is cancelled because of extreme weather conditions, you will receive a full refund.