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Pioneer Camping: Hike and Kayak at George L Smith State Park

The Basics:
Event Type:Camping
Event Location: 371 George L Smith State Park Road, Twin City, GA
Date(s) & Time:Thu, May 7 2015  4:00 pm >> Sun, May 10 2015 1:00 pm
Registration Opens: Sun, Apr 5 2015 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Tue, Apr 21 2015 8:00 pm
Event Duration:2 Days 21 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Trip Leader(s):
Chris L
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Member Cost:$20.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:20
Minimum Group Size:10
Number Registered So Far: 15 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes



Join us for a fun weekend of camping at George L. Smith State Park. This beautiful secluded park, located in middle Georgia, offers 7 miles of trails, a grist mill, covered bridge, a dam built in 1880, and lake filled with cypress trees perfect for canoeing and kayaking. 

We will arrive Thursday evening, set up camp, and chat with our fellow campers around the fire. Friday and Saturday we are on our own to explore the park. Groups may choose to hike, bike, or paddle - or all of the above! If you do not have a kayak or canoe, the park offers kayak and canoe rentals for $10 per hour. 

Please note that you will need a park pass or pay a $5 parking fee at the park. Campers will also need to carry their belongings 200 yards from their cars to the campsite. This is still close and you should bring all your comfort camping gear. 

Everyone is on their own for meals so bring your own food and cooking equipment. Remeber our cars will be close enough to bring your stoves and coolers! 

The Pioneer camp site has two Adirondack shelters, picnic tables, a fire ring, potable water and a pit toliet. We will not have access to showers.

**This event is scheduled to begin on Thursday and end on Sunday. If you cannot take the extra time off work, you are welcome to join the group on Friday. 



Group Limit for dogs: 4 dogs 

Dogs are welcome on this event as long as they are supervised by their human at all times. George L Smith State Park requires your dog must be leashed. The pioneer camp site is set off away from the camp ground. You may choose to allow your dog off leash at the campsite. Your dog must be well behaved and not be a nuisance to other campers. Rangers may stop by the camp site on occasion and might issue tickets for off leash dogs. 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 have to be leashed, or in serious cases, leave the event.



Required Items to Bring:
  • Tent with rain fly
  • Air mattress or Sleeping Pad
  • Sleeping Bag or bed linens
  • Camp chair
  • Weather 
  • Camp footwear
  • 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunch, 3 Dinners
  • Camp stove or burner and fuel
  • Plate, mug and untensils
  • Water bottle and at least TWO gallons of water
  • Headlamp or Flashlight
  • Rain gear
  • Toilet paper
  • 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.
  • Kayak or canoe
  • PFD
  • Paddles
  • Hiking gear
  • Snacks
  • Camera
  • Personal items

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

From Atlanta

Take I-75 South

Take exit 165  on the left  for I-16 E  towards  Savannah

Take exit 78  for US-221/GA- 56  toward  Swainsboro


Turn left  onto GA-171 N/GA-56 N/US-221 N go 1.9 miles

Turn right  onto GA-56 N go 14 miles.

Turn left onto  Tyson St.
Take the 1st  right onto  GA-26 E/US-80 E/W Main St go 13 miles.
Turn right  onto George L Smith State Park Rd


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

Some paid events require a minimum number of registered participants. If that number is not met, the event will be canceled and refunds will be issued to members who have already paid.

Third party vendors often require the AOC to make damage deposits. By registering for this event, the registrant agrees that he or she shall be liable for and required to reimburse the Atlanta Outdoor Club for any deposit withheld by a third party due to the actions of, or damages caused by, the registrant.

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Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$20.00/Person
Cost Includes:

Camping Fees

Payment Cut Off:Payment must be received by the AOC on Tue, Apr 21 2015.
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Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
Please review our Cancellation Policy carefully!

Memebers are welcome to join the event at any time but there is no credit for particial attendance.

This event is rain or shine.

If you cancel on or before April 21, 2015, full payment is refundable less a $5 administrative fee. No refund after April 21, 2015 unless someone from the waitlist replaces you and pays in full. You will then be elegible for a full refund less the $5 administrative fee.

It is your responsibility to get your payment in by the due date. Please allow seven days from the date mailed for a check to be processed. Note: To say "The check is in the mail" on the payment due date will not hold your spot on this event.