Presentation on theme: "Mecklenburg County Council Camping Policies The camping policies of Mecklenburg County Council reflect those of the National BSA organization. These policies."— Presentation transcript:
Mecklenburg County Council Camping Policies The camping policies of Mecklenburg County Council reflect those of the National BSA organization. These policies are focused on 1. assuring the health and safety of all Scouts and their leaders while camping through proper training and trip planning, 2. protecting the environment and our outdoor recreational resources, 3. encouraging camping to develop fitness, character, and skills, by recognizing camping excellence. A summary of these principles can be found at Implementation of these policies by every Scouting unit on every Scouting outing will decrease the risks of mishaps and misadventures and will increase the benefits of fun, adventure, learning, and safe return home of every Scout. Training, Tour Plans as trip planning tools, use of Council Scout properties, and recognition are all addressed by these camping policies. Every camping trip starts with planning. Planning starts with “Qualified Supervision”, which is developed through training. The fundamental principle of Scouting safety is the “Sandwich Principle”, that is, each activity is sandwiched between “Qualified Supervision” and “Discipline”. THE SANDWICH PRINCIPLE Like the bread that holds together a sandwich, Qualified Supervision and Discipline are the foundation and cover that make Scouting Safety a reality.
North Carolina State Parks Offering Group Campsites See Carolina Beach State Park Carolina Beach State Park – Coastal Diverse coastal ecological communities support rare plants, including Venus flytrap. Marina with concession area; river fishing from accessible dock. Boat ramps to river; intracoastal waterway and ocean minutes away. More than 80 tent, trailer and recreational vehicle campsites with showers and dump station; two group backpack campsites. Visitor's center with exhibit hall, interpretive programs, 5.7 miles of hiking trails, picnicking. Hammocks Beach State Park Hammocks Beach State Park – Coastal Undeveloped barrier island, dunes up to 60 feet, 3.5 miles of ocean beach, maritime forests, salt marshes, tidal creeks, endangered sea turtles. Accessible only by boat; park operates a seasonal passenger ferry. Fourteen backpack family campsites, three backpack group campsites. Ocean swimming and fishing. Visitor's center with exhibits, interpretive programs. Short hiking trail across island; hiking along shoreline. Cliffs of the Neuse State Park Cliffs of the Neuse State Park - Eastern Multicolored cliffs up to 98 feet tower over historic river. More than 30 tent and trailer campsites with showers and dump station; four group tent campsites. Picnic shelter, 1.6 miles of hiking trails, exhibit hall, interpretive programs, river fishing. Eleven-acre manmade lake with beach and diving platform, swimming, rowboat rentals. Goose Creek State Park Goose Creek State Park - Eastern Hardwood swamps and brackish marshes along the Pamlico River, oaks draped in Spanish moss, unique habitats for wildlife. More than seven miles of hiking trails, canoe access and trail, boat ramp, river fishing and swimming. Twelve tent campsites, one group tent campsite, picnicking, environmental eduction center with exhibits, interpretive programs. Jones Lake State Park Jones Lake State Park - Eastern Carolina bay environment, four-mile hiking trail through dense vegetation with bay overlooks. Twenty tent, trailer and recreational vehicle campsites with showers. Lake swimming, fishing, canoe and pedal boat rentals. Access for boats with 10-horsepower motors and below. Exhibits and interpretive programs, picnic shelters. Lake Waccamaw State Park Lake Waccamaw State Park - Eastern Carolina bay environment with unique natural communities of rare plants and animals. More than nine miles of hiking trails, wheelchair accessible boardwalk. Four backpack campsites also available for groups. Lake fishing, picnicking, interpretive programs, visitor's center with exhibit hall.
Merchants Millpond State Park Merchants Millpond State Park - Eastern Maze of towering bald cypress trees draped in Spanish moss dominates lake and adjacent swamp. Twenty tent, trailer and recreational vehicle campsites with showers; seven canoe-in campsites; five backpack campsites; three group tent campsites and three canoe-in group campsites. Lake fishing, canoe access, canoe trails, canoe rentals. Nine miles of hiking trails, interpretive programs, picnicking. Medoc Mountain State Park Medoc Mountain State Park - Eastern Exposed rock outcrops, bluffs; steep topography, rocks, minerals unusual to Piedmont. More than 10 miles of hiking trails. Thirty-four tent, trailer and recreational vehicle campsites, 12 with hookups; showers; three group tent campsites. Canoe access, creek fishing, picnicking, interpretive programs. Pettigrew State Park Pettigrew State Park - Eastern Second-largest natural lake in state, old-growth trees, Native American artifacts including second-oldest dugout canoe in U.S., plantation historic site and grave of Confederate general. Thirteen tent, trailer and recreational vehicle campsites; showers; one group campsite. Nearly nine miles of hiking trails, some sections designated for bicycling. Picnic shelters, fishing pier, boat ramp, scenic overlooks, interpretive programs. Singletary Lake State Park Singletary Lake State Park - Eastern Carolina bay environment, scenic lake vistas, undeveloped shoreline. Two group camps with cabins, showers, kitchen. Lake fishing and swimming, canoe rentals. Interpretive programs, exhibits. Eno River State Park Eno River State Park – Central Scenic wilderness corridor encompasses river, historic homestead and mill sites, extensive trail system. Nearly 21 miles of hiking trails, five backpack campsites, one backpack group campsite. Interpretive programs, picnic shelter. Canoe access, river fishing. Falls Lake State Recreation Area Falls Lake State Recreation Area – Central Expansive reservoir and woodlands, habitat for diversity of animals, including American bald eagles. More than 400 campsites: 176 tent, trailer and recreational vehicle campsites with hookups; 99 tent, trailer and recreational vehicle campsites without hookups; 89 backpack campsites; 18 group tent campsites; showers, dump stations. More than 20 picnic shelters. Interpretive programs, lake fishing and swimming, 10 boat ramps, privately operated marina nearby. Lakeside trail: 12 miles of hiking trails, more than six miles of bicycling trails. Jordan Lake State Recreation Area Jordan Lake State Recreation Area – Central Popular 13,900-acre reservoir, scenic vistas of lake and shoreline, home to American bald eagles. Lake fishing and swimming, 32 boat ramps, privately operated marina nearby. More than 1,000 tent, trailer and recreational vehicle campsites, 690 sites with hookups; showers; 90 dump stations; 24 backpack campsites; 11 group tent campsites, group trailer campsite. Ten picnic shelters, 16 miles of hiking trails.
Kerr Lake State Recreation Area Kerr Lake State Recreation Area – Central Expansive reservoir with 200-mile shoreline crossing North Carolina/Virginia state line. Nearly 700 tent, trailer and recreational vehicle campsites, 342 with hookups; showers; dump stations; three group tent campsites. Lake fishing, accessible fishing pier, 14 boat ramps, two privately operated marinas nearby. Picnic shelters, more than two miles of hiking trails. Visitor's center, interpretive programs. Lumber River State Park Lumber River State Park – Central State natural and scenic 115-mile black-water river, 81 miles also designated national wild and scenic waters. Picnic shelter, five canoe-in campsites, nine tent campsites, one group backpack campsite. River fishing, boat access, picnicking, short hiking trail, interpretive programs. Raven Rock State Park Raven Rock State Park - Central Landmark bluff on historic river, wide river vistas, rapids. Five backpack campsites, six canoe-in campsites, five backpack group campsites, five canoe-in group campsites. More than 10 miles of hiking trails, including more than six miles of bridle trails. Picnicking, river fishing, interpretive programs. William B. Umstead State Park William B. Umstead State Park - Central Hardwood forest oasis in urban Triangle region, creeks, lakes, extensive trail network with scenic overlooks. Nearly 30 tent and trailer campsites; showers; two group tent campsites; two group campsites with cabins and kitchen. Nearly 20 miles of hiking trails, including nearly 13 miles of bridle and bicycle trails. Lake fishing, rowboat and canoe rentals. Four picnic shelters, visitor center, exhibit hall, interpretive programs. Crowder's Mountain State Park Crowder's Mountain State Park - Western Hiking on the two highest peaks in Kings Mountain Range, views of more than 20 miles, streams and lake environments. Ten backpack campsites, four group backpack campsites. Nearly 12 miles of hiking trails, rock climbing, two picnic shelters, interpretive programs. Canoe rentals, lake fishing. Hanging Rock State Park Hanging Rock State Park - Western Rock outcrops up to 2,500 feet, five waterfalls and cascades, mountain lake, access to scenic river. More than 70 tent, trailer and recreational vehicle campsites with showers; eight group tent campsites; ten cabins. More than 15 miles of hiking trails, including nearly four miles of bridle trails, rock climbing. Lake swimming and fishing, rowboat and canoe rentals; boat access to nearby river. Visitor's center with exhibits, interpretive programs, three picnic shelters, historic bath house.
Lake Norman State Park Lake Norman State Park - Western State's largest manmade lake at 32,510 acres. Boat ramp, lake fishing. Rowboat, canoe and pedal boat rentals, swimming and fishing on 33-acre lake inside park. More than 30 tent, trailer and recreational vehicle campsites; showers, dump station; two group backpack campsites. Community building, picnic shelters, interpretive programs, more than seven miles of hiking trails. Morrow Mountain State Park Morrow Mountain State Park - Western Mountains up to 936 feet, peaceful lake. More than 100 tent, trailer and recreational vehicle campsites; showers, dump station; four backpack campsites; six cabins; six group tent campsites. Pool, boat ramp, lake fishing, canoe and rowboat rentals. Three picnic shelters, 16 miles of hiking trails including 15 miles of bridle trails. Visitor's center, interpretive programs. Pilot Mountain State ParkPilot Mountain State Park - Western One of the state's signature landmarks, peregrine falcon habitat, scenic river access. Nearly 50 tent, trailer and recreational vehicle campsites, showers; two canoe-in campsites; one group tent campsite. Ten miles of hiking trails, including seven miles of bridle trails, rock climbing. River fishing, canoe access, interpretive programs, picnic shelter. South Mountains State Park South Mountains State Park - Western Rock outcroppings up to 3,000 feet, 80-foot waterfall. More than 40 miles of hiking trails, including 29 miles of bridle trails and 18-mile bicycling trail. Eleven tent campsites, 20 backpack campsites, four group backpack campsites, 15 equestrian campsites with 37-stall barn. Stream fishing, picnic shelter, interpretive programs. Stone Mountain State Park Stone Mountain State Park - Western Rock dome rising 700 feet above valley floor, waterfalls, Blue Ridge Mountain overlooks. Historic sites, exhibits, interpretive programs. Nearly 40 tent, trailer and recreational vehicle campsites, showers, dump station; six backpack campsites; five group tent campsites. Two picnic shelters, more than 12 miles of hiking trails, including six-mile bridle trail. Rock climbing, stream fishing.
Eno River State Park - Central NC Address: 6101 Cole Mill Road, Durham, NC GPS coordinates: , Office Phone:
North Carolina State Park Descriptions Eno River State Park - Central NC Address: 6101 Cole Mill Road, Durham, NC GPS coordinates: , Office Phone: Minutes from Durham, Hillsborough, and Chapel Hill the Eno River State Park offers secluded wilderness trails with the serenity of a clear river drifting and cascading over a rocky stream bed. The Eno River is a swift, shallow stream flowing from northwest Orange County into Durham County for 33 miles where it joins the Flat River to become the Neuse and flows into Falls Lake. Its waters roll through wilderness, passing historic mill sites, river bluffs covered with flowering shrubs, and fords used by early settlers. Rains can turn the river into a raging torrent, yet it quickly settles into a gentle current. It is a chain of rapids, pools, and riffles meandering through forest on a bed of rock. The valley of the river is narrow and steep walled. The rugged landscape is carved and sculpted by swift flowing water. Eno River State Park lies here, in the beauty of more than 3900 acres of natural resources. Five accesses – Cabe Lands, Cole Mill, Few’s Ford, Pleasant Green, and Pump Station – offer entry into this largely unspoiled river environment. Camping: Find solitude and peace among tall trees and a symphony of forest creatures camping at Eno River State Park. The park has backcountry camping available to families, individuals, and groups at the Fews Ford and Cole Mill Accesses. All sites require hiking in and supplies must be carried in. There is not a potable water source at the sites. Family/Small Group/Individual Camping: At Fews Ford Access follow a secondary trail off the Fanny's Ford trail to reach the Fanny's Ford Campground, one mile from the parking lot. There are five sites on a hill a short distance from the river. At Cole Mill Access follow the Bobbitt Hole Trail to the Piper Creek Campground about 1.2 miles from the parking lot. Five sites are near Piper Creek and a short walk to the river. Each site has a pad for tents, fire ring, lantern hook, and bench and a pit toilet serves each campground. Group Camping: The Cox Mountain Group Camp is a short distance from the Cox Mountain Trail and the suspension bridge across the river and is set on a wooded ridge near the river. The hike is 3/8 mile from parking. Maximum accommodation is 26 persons. The Buckquarter Creek Group Camp has two sites near
The Buckquarter Creek Group Camp has two sites near the junction of Buckquarter and Martin Cabin Creeks, just off the Ridge Trail. The hike is 1.2 miles from parking. Each site accommodates a maximum of 15 people. All group sites have tent pads, picnic tables, fire rings with benches, and a pit toilet. All tents must fit on the pads. Reservations are required. CAMPING GUIDE There are 13 backcountry campsites at Eno River State Park, including three group sites and ten primitive hike-in sites for individuals or small groups. Camping is allowed in designated campsites only. Campers must report to the park office before proceeding to their campsite. GROUP CAMPING Cox Mountain Group Camp: This site, off the Cox Mountain Trail, is on a knoll above the river. It is available to a minimum of 6 and maximum of 26 people. The site has 5 tent pads: four 15’x15’ and one 15’x10’. There are 4 picnic tables and 2 fire rings with grills and benches. There is one pit toilet for the site. All supplies must be packed in, including water. It is a 3/8 mile hike from the closest parking lot. Buckquarter Creek Group Camp: Two sites off the Ridge Trail are at the junction of Buckquarter Creek and Martin Cabin Creek. Each site holds a minimum of 6 and maximum of 15 people. The sites are about 50 yards apart, and a group larger than 15 may reserve both sites. Each site has three 15’x15’ tent pads, a fire ring with a grill and benches, and three picnic tables. All supplies must be packed in, including water. It is a 1.2 mile hike from the closest parking lot. A single pit toilet is shared by both campsites. Group camp fees: The cost for a group campsite is $2 per person per night, plus a surcharge of $3 per night. For example, the cost for 6 people is $15 per night. A deposit of $13 per night is paid when the reservation is made, and the balance is due when you check in at the park.
PRIMITIVE HIKE-IN SITES Fanny’s Ford Campground: At the Fews Ford Access, sites 1-5 are in the Fanny’s Ford campground inside the Fanny’s Ford Trail loop on a small hill above the river. The sites are in the same vicinity but are not next to each other. Each site has a tent pad, a fire ring, and a bench. Site tent pads are approximately 240 square feet and accommodate up to 6 people. A pit toilet serves the campground. The hike from the camper parking lot is 1 mile, and all supplies must be packed in, including water. Piper Creek Campground: At the Cole Mill Access, sites 6-10 are in the Piper Creek campground off the Bobbitt Hole Trail and near Bobbitt Hole. The sites are in the same general vicinity but are not next to each other. Each site has a tent pad, a fire ring, and a bench. Site tent pads are approximately 240 square feet and accommodate up to 6 people. A pit toilet serves the campground. The hike from the Cole Mill parking lot is 1.2 miles, and all supplies must be packed in, including water. Site fees: The cost is $13.00 per night per site, due when the reservation is made. GENERAL INFORMATION Reservations for camping can be made up until 48 hours before the arrival date. To reserve a campsite, visit the NC State Parks web site (www.ncparks.gov) or call CAMP-NC ( ). Walk-in Registration: Sites that have not been reserved are available for walk-in registration. Park staff handles walk-in registration when the office is open. A self-registration station on the office deck may be used when the office is closed. Instructions for the self-registration system are posted in the display case on the deck. Exact change is necessary for self-registration, or checks can be made out to Treasurer of North Carolina. Cancellations: Please call CAMP-NC ( ) for current information about the cancellation policy.
Check-in at the park office is required for all campsites, even if you have a reservation. Check-in time is 4:00 pm. If the office is open when you arrive, park staff will check you in. If the office is closed, please follow the instructions (under Registration and Reservations) posted in the display case on the office deck. Check-out time is 3:00 pm. It is not necessary to come to the park office to check out. Age: All campers must be accompanied by someone at least 18 years old. Fires are permitted only in fire places in the campgrounds and picnic areas, nowhere else in the park. Split firewood is usually provided at campgrounds. Campers may collect dead and down firewood anywhere within sight of the campsites. Do not leave fires unattended. Water is available at the Fews Ford and Cole Mill Picnic Areas. Any natural water collected should be properly treated before consumption. Potable water is not available at the campsites, nor are natural waters tested for consumption. Tents must fit on and be pitched on the provided pads. Parking: All cars that campers have in the park overnight must have a note on the dash indicating you are camping and the overnight dates. Park office staff can provide these notes. Ask at the office if you have questions about where to park. Trash must be packed out. Litter laws are strictly enforced! Not Permitted: ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, GUNS, BOWS, HUNTING, FIREWORKS. For a complete list of NC State Park regulations, check with the park office. Quiet Hours are 10:00 PM to 7:00 AM. Be respectful of your neighbors. Backpacking between Campgrounds: For treks between campgrounds, be mindful that there is private property along the river. Contact the park office if you are planning such a trek and have questions.
Falls Lake State Recreation Area - Central NC Address: Creedmoor Rd., Wake Forest, NC GPS coordinates: , Office Phone: (919)
Falls Lake State Recreation Area - Central NC Address: Creedmoor Rd., Wake Forest, NC GPS coordinates: , Office Phone: (919) Hours of relaxation await you at Falls Lake State Recreation Area. Just moments away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Falls Lake is a great way to escape urban life. With a 12,000-acre lake and 26,000 acres of woodlands, Falls Lake State Recreation Area offers a choice of recreation areas Beaverdam, B.W. Wells, Highway 50, Holly Point, Rolling View, Sandling Beach and Shinleaf. Fishing, boating and swimming are only a few of the activities awaiting you on the water. On land, you can enjoy walking, mountain biking or camping along a portion of the state's Mountains-to-Sea Trail. From recreation to environmental education, no matter what you are looking for, you are sure to discover it at Falls Lake. Backpack camping: For people who desire a more primitive camping experience, Shinleaf offers tent camping in 47 hike-in sites and 9 group sites. Group camping: Rolling View and B. W. Wells (reservations only) have special areas for camping clubs and groups. At B. W. Wells, 14 group campsites have a centrally located shower house, and each site accommodates up to 35 people. Each Rolling View site accommodates up to 30 people and offers four sites with drinking water, picnic tables and fire pits. Both campgrounds have picnic tables, benches, grills, water and a campfire ring. Showers are centrally located
Jordan Lake State Recreation Area - Central NC Address: 280 State Park Road, Apex, NC GPS coordinates: , Office Phone: (919)
Jordan Lake State Recreation Area - Central NC Address: 280 State Park Road, Apex, NC GPS coordinates: , Office Phone: (919) Imagine relaxing in a cove, listening to the sounds of water rippling. Then, you feel a firm tug on your fishing line. It's going to be a big one! Picture the surface of the lake glistening, water spraying your face, the boat motor ahead roaring. Suddenly, your skis give way — a splash landing! Hear the laughter of children, smell burgers roasting over a charcoal fire, feel a breeze blowing through the campground. With almost 14,000 acres of water, all this and more is yours to discover at Jordan Lake. The NC Division of Parks and Recreation operates nine recreation areas on the lake — Crosswinds Campground, Ebenezer Church, Parker's Creek, Poplar Point, Seaforth, Vista Point, Robeson Creek, New Hope Overlook, and White Oak Recreation Area. Whether you're looking for fun in the sun or an evening under the stars, Jordan Lake offers it all. Hike-in camping: For those who prefer a more primitive campsite, New Hope Overlook offers 24 campsites nestled in the woods. These sites range from 100 yards to a half mile from the parking lot. Each site has a picnic table, grill and lantern holder. Toilets and drinking water are provided nearby. Group tent camping: Two areas offer sections for camping clubs and other groups. Parkers Creek has six campsites available for group tent camping. Vista Point also offers five group tent campsites. Drinking water and showers are located nearby.
Kerr Lake State Recreation Area – Central NC Address: 6254 Satterwhite Point Road, Henderson, NC GPS coordinates: , Office Phone:
Kerr Lake State Recreation Area - Central NC Address: 6254 Satterwhite Point Road, Henderson, NC GPS coordinates: , Office Phone: Set a course for Kerr Lake State Recreation Area to enjoy sailing, fishing, water skiing and camping. This 50,000- acre, man-made lake is a haven for water sports enthusiasts and landlubbers alike. The lake is situated in the northeast corner of the Piedmont region and lies in both Virginia and North Carolina. The recreation area's headquarters are located north of Henderson at Satterwhite Point. More than 800 miles of wooded shoreline provide access to a variety of fun-filled activities on the lake. Relax and enjoy water sports at any of the seven recreation areas operated by the NC Division of Parks and Recreation along this expansive reservoir. Group Camping: Hibernia, Henderson Point and Satterwhite Point have areas set aside for camping clubs and groups. Group campsites provide privacy, drinking water and restrooms. Electricty is not availalble. To reserve a campsite, please contact the park office. The Hibernia and Satterwhite Point group sites are open the week before Easter and can be used through the end of October. Satterwhite Point accommodates a maximum of 100 people and has toilet and shower facilities. Hibernia accommodates a maximum of 50 people and has a toilet facility on site. Hibernia group campers may use shower facilities located in the Hibernia family campground. Henderson Point Group Camp is open the week before Easter through the end of September. It accommodates a maximum of 35 campers and has a portable toilet on site. Henderson Point group campers may use shower facilities in the Henderson Point family campground. Group campsites are by reservation only. Reservations may be made for one night and may not exceed 14 nights.
Lumber River State Park - Central NC Address: 2819 Princess Ann Road, Orrum, NC GPS coordinates: , Office Phone: ,
Lumber River State Park - Central NC Address: 2819 Princess Ann Road, Orrum, NC GPS coordinates: , Office Phone: , The Lumber River flows through the south-central portion of our state. The river's headwaters are in Montgomery, Moore, Richmond and Scotland counties where the waterway is known as Drowning Creek. The creek becomes a river at SR 1412/1203 along the Scotland-Hoke county line, and its waters flow into South Carolina, eventually joining the Little Pee Dee River. Lumber River State Park contains 9,234 acres of land and 115 miles of state natural and scenic waters, 81 miles of which are also designated national wild and scenic waters. The park's recreation activities are currently centered at two access areas, Princess Ann and Chalk Banks. Princess Ann overlooks a unique reverse flow area named Griffin's Whirl. At the access, a bend in the river opens to a long, straight vista that beckons paddlers to take a ride. Chalk Banks, near the town of Wagram on the upper end of the river, has an interesting mixture of plants, fish, and animals from the sandhills and coastal plains regions. Note: Due to the fluctuating water level of the Lumber River, canoeists and boaters should exercise caution in planning trips on the river. Add extra time for crossing exposed hazards and sandbars. All float times should include additional time to reach take-out points. Group campsites: Group campsites are available by reservation for verifiable, affiliated groups only. The maximum number of persons allowed per site is 20. Each site includes two tables, a grill, lantern holder, trash can and fire pit. All fires must be contained in the pit. Checkout time is noon.
Raven Rock State Park - Central NC Address: 3009 Raven Rock Road, Lillington, NC GPS coordinates: , Office Phone: (910)
Raven Rock State Park - Central NC Address: 3009 Raven Rock Road, Lillington, NC GPS coordinates: , Office Phone: (910) Should the humdrum of the work week leave you with the urge to travel and explore, head to Raven Rock State Park. Adventure is just an hour's drive from the Research Triangle and only 45 minutes from the Fayetteville area. The first feeling you are likely to experience at Raven Rock is one of renewal. Here, the forest reigns as each year the timeless cycle of growth further heals age-old wounds inflicted by man. Nature triumphs as plants compete in the stages of forest succession and the woodlands are restored. High above the Cape Fear River stands Raven Rock, its austere beauty a testament to the forces that have shaped the land. As the river below rushes to join the sea, nature's elements continue to shape the surface of this natural monument. Camping: Backpack camping facilities, available to families and groups, offer an opportunity to enjoy the wilderness without distraction. All supplies, including water, must be packed to the sites. Before camping, register your vehicle and obtain a camping permit at the park office. Group camping: Little Creek Loop Trail leads to the group wilderness camp, 2.2 miles from the parking area. Located along the Cape Fear River, the area offers fire rings and vault toilets and accommodates up to 20 people per campsite. Five campsites are available. Canoe camping: Six campsites along the Cape Fear River Canoe Trail offer accommodations for canoeists. Located beside the river in a low-lying area, these sites include fire rings and a vault toilet. The canoe camping area is 1.7 miles from the park office and is not accessible by car. Canoeists should reserve sites by calling the park office before embarking on a trip. Facility: 6 Primitive / backpack canoe-in campsites. Each site has a fire ring. Location: Off Little Creek Loop Trail, 1.7 miles from parking lot. Accommodates: Up to 6 people, each. Nearby Amenities: Vault toilet. Available: Year round.
William B. Umstead State Park – Central NC Address: 8801 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC GPS coordinates: , Office Phone: (919)
William B. Umstead State Park - Central NC Address: 8801 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC GPS coordinates: , Office Phone: (919) Tucked between the growing cities of Raleigh, Cary, Durham and the corporate world of Research Triangle Park is an oasis of tranquility, a peaceful haven—William B. Umstead State Park. Here, two worlds merge as the sounds of civilization give way to the unhurried rhythm of nature. Highways fade in the distance as trees, flowers, birds and streams form a more natural community. William B. Umstead is a place to escape the pressures of everyday life, a place to picnic in the pines, to wait for a fish to bite, to take a hike or horseback ride on trails through the woods. Divided into two sections, Crabtree Creek and Reedy Creek, this 5,579-acre park is easily accessible from Interstate 40 and US 70. Visit William B. Umstead State Park and enjoy this region of wilderness at the city's doorstep. Primitive group camping: Two primitive campgrounds are open year round for organizations and nonprofit groups that want a more rugged camping experience. Reservations are required for use of these campgrounds. The youth tent camp offers tent sites, a pit privy, fire ring, two picnic tables and running water. The camp accommodates up to 25 people. Maple Hill Lodge is also available for groups. Facilities include a fireplace, drinking water, fire ring, picnic tables and restrooms. The lodge houses up to 25 people. The lodge is a historic landmark built in the 1930s. The lodge is an open room with no furniture. Campers must bring their own sleeping bags.
William B. Umstead State Park - Central NC Address: 8801 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC GPS coordinates: , Office Phone: (919) Group camping: Two group camps—Camp Crabtree and Camp Lapihio — are available to organizations and nonprofit groups. Each camp includes a mess hall, dining area, and washhouses. Located in the heart of the woodlands, each camp offers ample opportunity to explore the wonders of nature. Swimming in Sycamore Lake is a popular group activity. Groups are responsible for providing swimming supervision and water safety. A Waiver form and Guidelines for Unprotected Swimming Area must be signed by group leaders and submitted prior to camp occupancy. Group camps are open April through October and may be rented daily in spring and fall or weekly during the summer. Accommodating between 27 and 120 people, an entire camp may be rented or a unit of cabins may be rented. Fees vary accordingly. A minimum of 10 people is required to rent a group camp or unit. Reservations for the group camps must be made by calling or coming into the park office. Group Camp, Waiver Form and Guidelines for Unprotected Swimming Area, forms and permits are available from the Forms & Permits link on the Park Wesbsite Menu.
Carolina Beach State Park - Coastal NC Address: 1010 State Park Road, PO Box 475, Carolina Beach, NC GPS coordinates: , Office Phone: (910) , (910) Marina
Carolina Beach State Park - Coastal NC Address: 1010 State Park Road, PO Box 475, Carolina Beach, NC GPS coordinates: , Office Phone: (910) , (910) Marina With a marina providing access to some of North Carolina's best fishing spots, a secluded camping area beneath towering trees, and miles of hiking trails that traverse a variety of distinct habitats--not to mention the presence of the Venus flytrap, one of the world's most unique carnivorous plants--it's no wonder Carolina Beach State Park is a popular coastal attraction. Located in an area steeped in both history and natural diversity, the park includes a visitor's center with exhibits depicting the wonders of its environment. Visit Carolina Beach State Park to relax, enjoy nature or embark on an eye-opening adventure. Group Camping: Two camping areas for organized groups are located along Swamp Trail and are available by advance reservation only. One site accommodates up to 25 people; the other accommodates up to 35 people. These areas include picnic tables, fire circles and pit toilets. Water and shower facilities are not available. This area is accessible by foot only. The camping area is approximately 400 yards from the parking area.
Hammocks Beach State Park - Coastal NC Address: 1572 Hammocks Beach Road, Swansboro, NC GPS coordinates: , Office Phone: (910) Venture to Bear Island and reward yourself with vivid memories of one of the most unspoiled beaches on the Atlantic coast. Accessible only by passenger ferry or private boat, there's just one thing at Hammocks Beach that's crowded—the list of things to do. Stroll the beach with laughing gulls and sandpipers. Cast a baited hook into endless rows of foaming breakers. Discover tiny specimens of marine life in tidal pools and mudflats. Use a camera or paintbrush to capture the green and gold grasses that color the salt marshes. Spend the night among the sand dunes, or simply bask in the sun and do nothing at all. Secluded and tranquil, free from intruding commercialism, Hammocks Beach may not be for everyone, but the island is a retreat for people who welcome the challenges of relentless sun, sand, sea and sky. Camping: Primitive campsites are located near the beach and the inlet. Two group campsites, available to affiliated groups only, one accommodates up to 12 persons, the other 24 persons. Campers must carry all provisions to the campsites from the beach or ferry dock. Due to sand migration in the channel the ferry uses to transport visitors to Bear Island, the ferry schedule can change on a daily basis. The ferry schedule is available from the Park Menu on the website, or please call the park for more information. Water and other facilities are available on the island, except from mid-November through mid-March when the facilities are winterized. Fires are not permitted, and campers must remove all trash. Camping is permitted on numbered sites only and permits must be obtained from the park office on the mainland. Campsites are open year round. Campers must register in the park office on the mainland before going to Bear Island. All vehicles left in the parking lot overnight must be registered at the park office or they are subject to towing.
Cliffs of the Neuse State Park – Eastern NC Address: 240 Park Entrance Road, Seven Springs, NC GPS coordinates: , Office Phone: (919)
Cliffs of the Neuse State Park - Eastern NC Address: 240 Park Entrance Road, Seven Springs, NC GPS coordinates: , Office Phone: (919) About The Park: At the turn of the century visitors flocked to the area. They drank mineral water from local springs to cure their ills and they took riverboat excursions to the cliffs. Things have changed since then, however, the cliffs remain virtually unaltered, standing as a journal of the geological and biological history of the land. Look down this spectacular formation to the river far below, now protected within the boundaries of Cliffs of the Neuse State Park. Camping: Set up tent or trailer on one of thirty-five sites, each with its own picnic table and grill. The family campground at Cliffs of the Neuse is located in a wooded area near the park office. There are no water or electrical hookups, but a dump station is provided. Water is available at several locations in the camping area and a wash house with hot showers and electricity is centrally located. Occupancy is limited to one family or six people per site. The family campground is open year-round. Park gates are locked at the posted closing hours, and campers may not leave the park after closing or before 8 a.m., except in a medical emergency. Group Camping: A portion of the park has been set aside as a primitive camping area for organized groups. Each site has picnic tables, a fire pit and a grill. Drinking water and pit privies are located nearby. Reservations are required for use of the area. Group camping is available year round. There are 4 Primitive group campsites available to non-profit organizations. There are two enclosed pit-toilets and potable water shared by the sites. Each of the 4 sites can accommodate people at each site. Parking lot is small, groups will need to carpool.
Goose Creek State Park - Eastern NC Address: 2190 Camp Leach Road, Washington, NC GPS coordinates: , Office Phone: (252)
Goose Creek State Park - Eastern NC Address: 2190 Camp Leach Road, Washington, NC GPS coordinates: , Office Phone: (252) Giant, old oaks draped in Spanish moss welcome you to this special world where broad, lazy Goose Creek joins the Pamlico River. A primitive camping area, picnic sites, swim beach and hiking and paddling trails offer a variety of ways to savor the tranquil surroundings at Goose Creek State Park. Goose Creek is conveniently located between historic Bath and the original Washington. Visit Goose Creek State Park. Unwind and soak up the peacefulness; a hectic pace is not permitted. Group Tent-Camping: A primitive group tent site that includes tables, grills and vehicle parking is located near the end of the main park road. Flush toilets and water are located nearby. The site, capable of accommodating up to 30 people, is open by reservation only from mid-March through late November for a fee.
Jones Lake State Park - Eastern NC Address: 4117 Hwy 242 N, Elizabethtown, NC GPS coordinates: , Office Phone: (910)
Jones Lake State Park - Eastern NC Address: 4117 Hwy 242 N, Elizabethtown, NC GPS coordinates: , Office Phone: (910) Venture to Jones Lake State Park and view one of the greatest geological mysteries of the eastern United States—the phenomenon of the Carolina bays. Adjacent to the Bladen Lakes State Forest and home of two natural lakes, Jones and Salters lakes, the 2,208-acre park is a nature lover's delight. Peaceful surroundings and a variety of facilities, including a trail with several outlooks that circles Jones Lake, make this state park a favorite for hiking, picnicking, swimming, fishing and camping. Group camping is available for organized groups. The site includes a fire circle and grill, picnic tables, benches and a pit toilet. Drinking water and restrooms with showers are located nearby. The site is available by reservation only. No more than 35 people can occupy the site.
Lake Waccamaw State Park – Eastern NC Address: 1866 State Park Drive, Lake Waccamaw, NC GPS coordinates: , Office Phone: ,
Lake Waccamaw State Park - Eastern NC Address: 1866 State Park Drive, Lake Waccamaw, NC GPS coordinates: , Office Phone: , The cool, tea-colored waters at first appear similar to other lakes in the area, but Lake Waccamaw is one of the most unique bodies of water in the world. You will find here species of animals found nowhere else on the planet, rare plants and endangered animals. At Lake Waccamaw, you can view one of the greatest geological mysteries of the eastern United States—the phenomenon of Carolina bays. Limestone bluffs along the north shore neutralize Lake Waccamaw's water, making the lake different from any other Carolina Bay. Nearby, you can catch a glimpse of a botanical wonder—the Green Swamp. From its sandy shorelines to its tree-lined natural areas, Lake Waccamaw offers peaceful surroundings, an intriguing natural history and fun in the sun. Camping: The adventuresome camper will find plenty to enjoy at Lake Waccamaw's four primitive group camping areas nestled beneath the trees. Picnic tables, fire circles and pit toilets are located nearby. All supplies, including drinking water, must be packed to the sites.
Merchants Millpond State Park – Eastern NC Address: 176 Millpond Road, Gatesville, NC GPS coordinates: , Office Phone: (252)
Merchants Millpond State Park – Eastern NC Address: 176 Millpond Road, Gatesville, NC GPS coordinates: , Office Phone: (252) An "enchanted forest," primitive species of fish relatively unchanged over millions of years, towering bald cypress trees with massive trunks, luxuriant growths of Spanish moss—this is Merchants Millpond State Park. Here, coastal pond and southern swamp forest mingle, creating one of North Carolina's rarest ecological communities. Together with upland forests, these environments create a haven for wildlife and humanity alike. Escape the hectic pace of life and find sanctuary in a canoe. Drift along the smooth, dark surface of the millpond and savor the many sights and sounds that come alive in the stillness of the forest. Journey into remote and undisturbed Lassiter Swamp, a place that embodies the spirit of adventure, and see what you can discover. Game fishing is also available. Facilities may be limited in winter months. Camping: A variety of settings offer camping experiences for large and small groups. Drive to the family campground, paddle to the canoe camping sites or backpack to the primitive sites. Canoe camping: Reach two canoe camps by way of canoe trails leading from the boat ramp. Yellow markers lead to the group canoe camp, which offers three sites. Pit toilets are available, but campers must carry in all supplies, including water. Backpack camping: Reach five campsites for backpack camping by hiking a side trail off Lassiter Trail. Campers must pack all supplies, including water, to the sites. A pit toilet is nearby. Views of the "enchanted forest" and Lassiter Swamp are highlights of the backpack camping area. Group camping: Organized groups will enjoy a stay in the walk-in group camping area or in a canoe camping group site. Facilities for the walk-in sites include a small washhouse with a pay shower. Drinking water is available nearby.
Medoc Mountain State Park - Eastern NC Address: 1541 Medoc State Park Road, Hollister, NC GPS coordinates: , Office Phone: (252) (252)
Medoc Mountain State Park - Eastern NC Address: 1541 Medoc State Park Road, Hollister, NC GPS coordinates: , Office Phone: (252) (252) Should the humdrum of nine-to-five leave you with the urge to travel and explore, head to Medoc Mountain State Park. A pleasurable excursion awaits just a 1.5-hour drive from the Research Triangle. At Medoc Mountain, the urban refugee finds a welcome tranquility, a chance to embrace the outdoors. Trails beckon as light filters through branches overhead and falls on paths that hold the promise of new frontiers. The peacefulness gives the opportunity to refresh. The silence of the forest is broken only by bird songs and the occasional drumming of the pileated woodpecker. Grab your hiking boots. Load your camera. Spend some time at Medoc Mountain State Park and let nature renew your spirit. Group camping: Four group campsites accommodate up to 35 persons each. The area offers picnic tables and fire circles. The washhouse is also near the group camping area. Group camping facilities are closed from December 1 through March 15.
Pettigrew State Park - Eastern NC Address: 2252 Lake Shore Road, Creswell, NC GPS coordinates: , Office Phone: (252)
Pettigrew State Park - Eastern NC Address: 2252 Lake Shore Road, Creswell, NC GPS coordinates: , Office Phone: (252) With more than 5,000 acres of land around Lake Phelps and the Scuppernong River including over 16,600 acres of water, Pettigrew State Park is an ideal blend of nature, history and recreation. Explore Lake Phelps and examine dugout canoes as ancient as the pyramids. Or cast your line into crystal-clear waters where largemouth bass reign. Take a trip back in time at the grave of a great Confederate general. Or hug a tree as wide as an elephant. Paddle down one of North Carolina's last undeveloped rivers. Pettigrew exhibits its history among picturesque natural surroundings. Majestic cypress trees tower above as the branches of tulip poplar and swamp chestnut oak provide perches for songbirds. Wildflowers decorate the landscape with a splash of color. Group camping: Opportunities for outdoor learning abound in the group camping area. Located in the midst of a beautiful forest, primitive camping facilities include tent pads, grills and toilets. Water is located nearby.
Singletary Lake State Park - Eastern NC Address: 6707 NC 53 Hwy. East, Kelly, NC GPS coordinates: , Office Phone: (910)
Singletary Lake State Park - Eastern NC Address: 6707 NC 53 Hwy. East, Kelly, NC GPS coordinates: , Office Phone: (910) Bring your group to Singletary Lake State Park and enjoy group camping in a land of mysterious origins. A portion of the unique Carolina bay ecosystem found nowhere else in the world, Singletary Lake lies within the 35,975-acre Bladen Lakes State Forest. Developed primarily for organized group camping, visitors must arrange for access by contacting the park staff. The park encompasses 649 acres of land and a 572-acre natural lake. In addition to group camping, Singletary Lake State Park offers ample opportunities for nature study and recreation. Group Camping: Singletary Lake State Park has two organized group camps available to nonprofit organizations. The camps provide a unique camping experience, creating the perfect setting in which to interpret natural surroundings and to unite in work and play. At least 20 people must be in the group, and the group must also be part of a verifiable organization. Camp Ipecac, built by the Resettlement Administration, houses 92 persons and is open April through October. The camp was named for Carolina ipecac, a herb common in the region's sandy soil. Camp Loblolly Bay houses 48 persons and is open year round. Both camps are accessible for persons with disabilities and include a mess hall, campers' cabins and restrooms. All amenities are provided for campers except for food, cleaning supplies and bed linens. A basketball goal, volleyball net, horseshoe pit, group-size charcoal grill and picnic tables are located near the cabins. A campfire circle in each camp offers the perfect setting for an evening of fellowship and marshmallow roasting. Use of the group camps is by reservation only.
Crowders Mountain State Park – Western NC Address: 522 Park Office Lane, Kings Mountain, NC GPS coordinates: , Office Phone: (704)
Crowders Mountain State Park - Western NC Address: 522 Park Office Lane, Kings Mountain, NC GPS coordinates: , Office Phone: (704) Raptors soar gracefully in the wind; vegetation reaches to the sky; sheer vertical cliffs drop 150 feet. Enjoy the spectacle from a front-row seat. High atop Crowders Mountain, the second highest point in Gaston County, views stretch for more than 25 miles. For a closer view of nature's marvels, walk the park's many miles of trails. The gently rolling landscape of the North Carolina Piedmont offers a variety of terrain. Dip into the valleys; cross the foothills; climb to the peaks. Quiet woods, trickling streams and melodious birds await. These spectacular surroundings, like the unique habitats in many other state parks, would not exist were it not for the efforts of concerned citizens dedicated to protecting our environment. Camping: When you've finished exploring for the day, settle in for a long night's sleep. Located approximately one mile from the park office are secluded areas for camping — areas so private there's often not another person in sight. Both campgrounds are reached by trail and all supplies must be packed to the campsites. Backcountry Group Camping: Larger groups will enjoy fellowship in the group camping area. Each of the six group sites will accommodate up to 15 people. Camping areas include a fire circle for cooking and campfire tales, as well as two picnic tables per site. Pit toilets and water are located nearby.
Hanging Rock State Park - Western NC Address: 1790 Hanging Rock Park Road, Danbury, NC GPS coordinates: , Office Phone: (336)
Hanging Rock State Park - Western NC Address: 1790 Hanging Rock Park Road, Danbury, NC GPS coordinates: , Office Phone: (336) Not far from the cities of the Triad area, off the four-lane highways there's another North Carolina to be discovered sheer cliffs and peaks of bare rock, quiet forests and cascading waterfalls, views of the piedmont plateau that stretch for miles. Hike the trails of Hanging Rock State Park and let nature put life's hectic pace in perspective. Rent a vacation cabin and fall asleep to the lullabies of spring peepers and chorus frogs. Join an interpretive program and discover something new about nature's bounty. Nestled in the hills is a cool mountain lake that beckons to swimmers and fishermen. Picnic areas and campgrounds lend themselves to time spent with family and friends. Hanging Rock State Park awaits you. Group camping: Five campsites located near the entry gate offer a wilderness camping experience for organized groups at a modest fee. Each site has picnic tables and a fire circle. Pit toilets and water are located nearby. Reservations are required. Each campsite is bounded by red and white poles. Maximum of 16 campers per site, and all tents must fit in campsite boundaries. Groups with more than 16 campers must reserve the appropriate number of campsites. Each group campsite has two picnic tables, and two fire rings. You may want to bring a grill surface to cook on the fire ring. There are three water spigots distributed around the campground. Sanitary facilities are two pit toilets (good old fashioned outhouses!) All sites are in woods under shade. The group sites are walk-in. Motor vehicles are not allowed in the campsites. The walk from the parking lot to the campsites varies from 30 yards up to 180 yards. Non-motorized wheeled vehicles such as wheelbarrows and wagons are useful in transporting your gear.
Lake Norman State Park - Western NC Address: 159 Inland Sea Lane, Troutman, NC GPS coordinates: , Office Phone: (704)
Lake Norman State Park - Western NC Address: 159 Inland Sea Lane, Troutman, NC GPS coordinates: , Office Phone: (704) At Lake Norman State Park, fun is just a matter of scale. On one hand, there's the largest manmade lake in the state, Lake Norman. When filled to capacity, its surface area is 32,510 acres with a shoreline of 520 miles and a main channel 34 miles in length — thus its nickname, the "Inland Sea." Thirteen miles of the shoreline are in the state park, which provides boating access. On another hand, the park boasts its own 33-acre lake where fishing and boating are enjoyed. And with hiking and biking trails, picnic areas, interpretive programs and campgrounds, there's more to Lake Norman State Park than merely water. Group Tent Camping: There are 3 primitive walk-in group campsites off of Group Camp Lane. No more than 25 people are permitted on each site. Drinking water and restrooms are available nearby; picnic tables and a fire ring are provided at each site. The Group Campground is open from April through November.
Morrow Mountain State Park - Western NC Address: Morrow Mountain Road, Albemarle, NC GPS coordinates: , Office Phone: (704)
Morrow Mountain State Park - Western NC Address: Morrow Mountain Road, Albemarle, NC GPS coordinates: , Office Phone: (704) Enjoy the gifts of nature surrounded by the remnants of a once mighty range of peaks. Upon first encounter, the Uwharrie Mountains may seem like a mountainous mirage. These steep, rugged hills unusual topography for the area form a stark contrast with the rolling countryside of the piedmont plateau. Recreation is plentiful in and around the waters of Lake Tillery and the Yadkin / Pee Dee River. Fishing and boating are popular pastimes. Nature lovers can pick from miles of trails to travel on foot or horseback. And for those who want to stay and take it all in, cabins and camping are available. There's really only one word to describe Morrow Mountain State Park: variety. Use the family car or RV, horseback or canoe, put on a pair of hiking boots or bait your favorite fishing pole a visit to Morrow Mountain lets you choose your kind of adventure. Group camping: The group tent camping area is located near the river and can be reached by a gravel loop road. Six sites, each with picnic tables and a grill, provide a wilderness camping experience for organized groups. Fires must be contained in the grill provided or you may use your own grill/stove. Drinking water and an accessible shower house are centrally located. Campsite #4 is fully accessible.
Pilot Mountain State Park - Western NC Address: 1792 Pilot Knob Park Road, Pinnacle, NC GPS coordinates: , Office Phone: (336) , Maintenance (336)
Pilot Mountain State Park - Western NC Address: 1792 Pilot Knob Park Road, Pinnacle, NC GPS coordinates: , Office Phone: (336) , Maintenance (336) Approach from any direction and see Pilot Mountain rising more than 1,400 feet above the rolling countryside of the upper Piedmont plateau. Dedicated as a National Natural Landmark in 1976, this solitary peak is the centerpiece of Pilot Mountain State Park. Fun, from relaxation to exhilaration, is easy to find here. Treat yourself to a horseback ride through the woods or challenge the river from raft or canoe. A seven-mile woodland corridor joins two sections of the park, each section offering a wealth of opportunities for outdoor fun. The mountain segment, which includes the two pinnacles, contains most of the visitor facilities. The more primitive river section centers around the lazy, meandering Yadkin River. Youth tent camping: On the north side of the Yadkin River, a camping area for youth groups includes tables, a fire circle and waterless toilets. Campers must carry in drinking water and firewood. This area is reserved for large organized groups. Reservations must be made in advance by calling the park office at (336) Canoe camping: 2 canoe campsites on the south bank of the river are available by permit. No water or toilet facilities are provided. You must bring your own water and pack out all trash and waste. No camping is allowed on the Yadkin River Islands or anywhere within the River Section except in designated areas by permit. This area is reserved for canoeists traveling through the park on the Yadkin River Canoe Trail. Reservations must be made in advance by calling the park office at (336)
South Mountains State Park - Western NC Address: 3001 South Mountain Park Avenue, Connelly Springs, NC GPS coordinates: , Office Phone: (828) , (828)
South Mountains State Park - Western NC Address: 3001 South Mountain Park Avenue, Connelly Springs, NC GPS coordinates: , Office Phone: (828) , (828) Nestled deep in the woods, South Mountains State Park is the perfect place to enjoy nature. Here you can see a majestic mountain range peeking out from the gently rolling landscape of the piedmont. The park includes elevations up to 3,000 feet, a waterfall dropping 80 feet and more than 40 miles of trails. From equestrian camping to trout fishing, mountain biking to picnicking, a number of activities are available at South Mountains State Park. Visit one of the state's most rugged parks. Hike the trail to High Shoals Falls to witness the roar of the waterfall as it pours into a large pool. Backpack through the woodlands for primitive camping. Fish for trout in miles of mountain streams, or bicycle along the 17-mile mountain-bike loop. Backpack camping: Twenty backpack camping sites are offered in six areas of the park. These sites are designated on the park map, and hiking distances to each backpack camping site vary. Each camping area has a fire ring and a pit toiilet located nearby. All supplies, including water, must be packed to the sites. To drink water from nearby creeks and streams, use a filtration device or boil the water for at least five minutes. On the website, there is a listing of the backpack campsites and the distance between the campsites and the Jacob Fork parking area. Group camping: Group camping facilities are available in some backpack areas. The number accomodated by each site depends on the area. Please check with the park office for specifics.
Stone Mountain State Park - Western NC Address: 3042 Frank Parkway, Roaring Gap, NC GPS coordinates: , Office Phone: (336)
Stone Mountain State Park - Western NC Address: 3042 Frank Parkway, Roaring Gap, NC GPS coordinates: , Office Phone: (336) Stone Mountain is not immediately visible upon entering the park that bears its name, but this magnificent 600-foot granite dome is well worth the wait. Sunlight and shadows dance across a broad tapestry of stone. White-tailed deer emerge from the security of the forest to graze on meadow grasses at the mountain's base. The scenery is only one attraction of the park. Test your fly-fishing techniques in more than 20 miles of designated trout waters. Or, with more than 16 miles of trails, take a hike in the park. Designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1975, Stone Mountain is bounded on the north by the Blue Ridge Parkway and on the west by the Thurmond Chatham Game Lands. More than 14,100 acres of mountain beauty offer opportunities for outdoor activities of all kinds. Group camping: Four group sites are available for a fee by reservation only. Each site will accommodate 30 people. Each site has a fire ring, grill, 2 picnic tables and a water spigot. Bathhouse with hot showers and flush toilets is available year-round. Backpack camping: Six backpack camping sites are located along Widow's Creek. The trailhead leading to the sites is located in the backpack parking lot. Distance to the sites ranges from 1.5 to 3 miles from the trailhead. All supplies must be packed to the camping area, and minimum impact camping procedures should be followed. Backpack camping is by permit only with a maximum of six people per site. Self register at the backpack camping parking lot.
Congaree National Park Difficulty: Easy Trail: Various trails throughout the park (loop) Car Camping: Available at Primitive Campground at After Hours Parking Water: Lots Mileage: Approx. 15 miles Contact Info: Maps: Available online and at the Ranger Station Permits: Backcountry camping permit required. Register at the Ranger Station. Trail Description Friday Evening: (Approx. 1 mile) Park at the after hours parking lot. Portable toilets are available at the parking lot. There is no water at the parking lot. Follow the Bluff Trail 1-mile to the Bluff Primitive Campground. The camping area is a large field with several fire rings and picnic tables. Saturday: (Approx. 9 miles) Backtrack on the Bluff Trail.7 miles to the second trail sign. Turn left and follow trail to the Ranger Station. Restrooms, water, soda machines, museum, maps and backcountry permit registration are available at the Ranger Station. Leave the Ranger Station via the board walk and turn left after.2 miles onto the Elevated Boardwalk. Follow to Westin Lake. Leave the Elevated Boardwalk and turn left onto the Westin Lake Loop Trail towards bridge “D”. Turn left and follow trail to the Oakridge Trail. Follow the Oakridge Trail until it ends at the River Trail near bridge “F”. Turn left onto the River Trail. At the “Y” split go right. The trail will turn left onto a gravel road. Take another left when you get near the river. After about ½ mile you will see a sign for the sandbar on the right. A decent campsite is located about 300 yards past the sandbar sign on the left. Water is available from the Congaree River. Expect damp conditions and be on the lookout for wild boar/feral pigs. Sunday: (Approx. 4.5 miles) Follow the River Trail along the river to the “Y” split and go right. Follow the appropriate trails to bridges “F”, “E”, “B” and “A”. Reach the Low Boardwalk and follow it back to the Ranger Station. Follow the trail to the Bluff Trail and return to the after hours parking lot.
Crowder’s Mountain Ridgeline Trail Theme: 6.5 mile hike on the Ridgeline Trail running from King's Mountain to Crowder’s Mountain; Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class advancement, Camping Merit Badge Type of Entity: Crowder's Mountain State Park Campsite Location: 1 mile hike from the Crowder’s Mountain Visitor's Center Address: 522 Park Office Lane, Kings Mountain, North Carolina Phone: Fax: Web site: Reservations? yes Remote Camping? yes Group/Pull-In Camping? group camping -- yes; however the campsites require a 1-mile hike Lake/Bodies of Water? yes -- canoeing available Scenic Viewpoints? yes -- from Crowder’s Mountain as well as The King's Pinnacle mile + views of Charlotte, the North Carolina mountains, and upstate South Carolina Hours from Charlotte: 45 minutes Advancement opportunities: Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class through plant identification, 5-mile hike, map and compass, lashings, cooking, tenting, knots, Camping Merit Badge Miles of Hiking Trails: miles Unique Activities: Rock climbing Itinerary: Friday schedule: n/a
Crowder’s Mountain Ridgeline Trail Saturday schedule: 8:00 depart Charlotte; 9:00 am arrive Boulders Access Area; shuttle cars to Crowder’s Mountain Visitors Center parking area and at 10 am commence hike from Boulders Access Area headed toward Crowder’s; lunch on the trail; arrive at group campsite(s) 4:00 pm; set up camp; string-burning campfire competition starting at 5:00; dinner 6/6:30 pm; campfire and program 8:00 pm; lights out 10 pm Sunday schedule: 7:00 am reveille; 7:30 breakfast; 8:30 worship; 9:15 break down camp and advancement completion; 10:00 commence hike out from campsite; 10:45 arrive at cars and depart Crowder’s Mountain Visitors Center for home Other schedule: n/a Comments: A great hike for cool temperatures, and close to Charlotte. Elevation gain of 1,000 feet in the 6.5 miles from Boulders Access heading toward Crowder’s meets Camping Merit Badge requirement # 9 b 1 and/or 2. Adults definitely want to be aware that the second half of the hike all uphill is taxing, and there is no way around having to hike uphill. Group camp sites are well cared for and attractive, and water is generally available at the campsites and the access points, but nowhere else on the trail.
Kings Mountain National Military Park and Kings Mountain State Park Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Trails: Perimeter Trail and connector trails (loop) Car Camping: Available at the State Park Group Camping Area Water: Lots Mileage: Approx. 16 miles Contact Info: and Maps: Available online and at the Visitors Center Permits: Backcountry camping permit required. Register at the Visitors Center. Reservations (small fee) required for the state park group camping area on Friday evening. Trail Description Friday: (Approx 1.5 miles) Park at the Visitors Center parking lot. (If you will be arriving after the gate is locked you can park at the group camping area). Follow the paved trail to the Battlefield Trail. Turn right onto the Battlefield Trail and follow a short distance to the access trail for the perimeter trail (look for a sign). Follow a short distance to the “Y” intersection and turn right onto the perimeter trail. Hike approx. 1 mile to the state park group camping area (on right). Piped water is available at the group camping area. Saturday: (Approx. 10 miles) Return to the perimeter trail and turn right. Follow trail to the “Y” intersection with a sign for the Lake Crawford camping area. Stay to the right. The perimeter trail is located in a typical Piedmont hardwood forest. It has lots of easy small climbs and descents and crosses numerous creeks and several paved and gravel roads. After 10 miles you will reach the backcountry camping area on your right. Water is located approx ¼ mile further down the trail at a creek. Sunday: (Approx. 4.5 miles) Continue on the perimeter trail. After approx. 1.5 miles reach a side trail to Browns Mountain. Take the side trail to the foundation of a former fire tower for limited views of the surrounding area. Return to the perimeter trail and continue your hike back to the Visitors Center. Reach the access trail for the Visitors Center (look for a sign) and turn right. Reach the paved trail and either turn left for a short walk to the parking area or turn left and take tour the Battlefield Trail sites.
Pisgah National Forest (Davidson River area) Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous Trails: 120, 116, 123, 146, and 120A (loop) Car Camping: Located approx. 3 miles from trailhead at Davidson River Campground Water: Lots Mileage: Approx. 15 miles Contact Info: Maps: Trails Illustrated/National Geographic Pisgah Ranger District (#780) Permits: Backcountry camping permit required. Register at the parking lot. Trail Description Friday: (Approx 3 miles) Park at the trailhead parking area at the fish hatchery (road 475). The trailhead for Trail 120 is located on the side of the parking lot towards the fish hatchery. Cross a bridge and enter the woods. Follow the trail to Picklesimer Fields and turn right onto Trail 123. Hike to the intersection with Trail 116. The camping area is located approx. 75 feet off the trail in the woods on the left on the small creek. Saturday: (Approx. 9 miles) Follow Trail 116 to the gravel road and then backtrack to Trail 123 (this is done so you can get in the mileage necessary for the Backpacking Merit Badge). Turn right onto Trail 123 and follow to Trail 146 intersection/Butter Gap shelter. A piped spring is located at the shelter. Follow Trail 146 to Sandy Gap. Stop for lunch and let the scouts scramble to the top of Cedar Mountain. Continue to Cat Gap and major trail intersection. Follow Trail 120 northeast towards John Rock. Turn left onto Trail 120A and follow to Trail 120. Turn right on Trail 120 and look for great campsites after you cross a creek. Sunday: (Approx. 3 miles) Follow Trail 120 to Picklesimer Fields and the parking area. Contributed by Tim Morgan, SM, and Richard Field, ASM, Troop 119
Shining Rock Wilderness Area Difficulty: Very Strenuous Trails: Various trails throughout Shining Rock Wilderness Area (loop) Car Camping: Camp Daniel Boone (cabins available) Water: Some Mileage: Approx. 15 miles Contact Info: or Maps: Trails Illustrated/National Geographic Pisgah Ranger District (#780) Permits: Register at trailhead Trail Description Friday: (Approx 3 miles) Park at trailhead sign (Trail 107) at end of road in Camp Daniel Boone. Walk through campsites and begin a long uphill climb. Camp at well-defined camping area at a major creek crossing approx. 3 miles into the climb. Saturday: (Approx. 8 miles) Continue your climb. Water is available from seepages as you approach the ridgeline. Junction with Trail 101 and stay left to reach Shining Rock Gap. Junction with Trail 146 and turn left towards Shining Rock. There are lots of trails in this area, just continue to push north along the ridge towards Cold Mountain. The trails are not marked so be prepared to get confused and possibly lost around the Shining Rock peak. Once you get past Shining Rock, the trail is easier to follow until you reach “The Narrows”, a well named razor sharp area that drops off on both sides. Descend into Deep Gap before starting your climb towards Cold Mountain (Trail 141). A camping area and spring is located where the trail turns east towards the Cold Mountain peak. Bag the peak and then take a well-deserved rest. Sunday: (Approx. 4 miles) Return to Deep Gap and turn right onto Trail 146. Begin a long (and sometimes steep) descent back to the parking lot.
South Mountains State Park Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous Trails: Various trails throughout the park (loop) Car Camping: No Water: Lots Mileage: Approx. 15 miles Contact Info: Maps: Available online or at the Rangers Office Permits: Backcountry camping permit required (small fee). Register at the Jacob Fork Parking Area. Trail Description Friday: (Approx 4 miles) Arrive before the park gate closes and park at the Jacob Fork Parking Area. Take the Short Trail located between the Ranger Office and Ranger Residence. Turn left on the Little River Trail. Turn left onto the Sawtooth Trail and cross stream (good place to get water). At the top of a long hill turn right towards the Sawtooth Trail campsites. The campsite is a large, sloping field. Water is located at the bottom of the hill in the woods. Saturday: (Approx. 7 miles) Backtrack towards the Sawtooth Trail. Turn left and head towards the Upper CCC Trail. Consider filling up at the creek. Turn left onto the Upper CCC Trail and follow the ridge. This will turn into the Horseridge Trail. Make sure your scouts know proper trail etiquette for when they meet horses on the trail. Follow a long uphill stretch and turn left on the H.Q. Trail. Camp at Jacob Branch campsites. Water is located down the hill in the woods. (When you are on the Horseridge Trail, if you need water or want a harder hike, turn left onto the Possum Trail and follow it down to the creek. Turn right onto the Shinny Trail for a hard hike to the top of the ridge. Turn right onto the H.Q. Trail. The Jacob Branch campsites will be on your left.) Sunday: (Approx. 4 miles) Return to the H.Q. Trail and turn right. At the intersection with the Upper Falls Trail, stay right and follow the Upper Falls Trail to the creek above the High Shoals waterfall. Cross the creek and follow the wooden stairs down to the base of the falls. Continue down the trail to the picnic area. Turn right and follow the gravel road back to the parking lot.
Uwharrie National Forest Difficulty: Moderate Trails: Uwharrie Trail and Dutchman’s Creek Trail (figure 8 loop) Car Camping: Located approx. 10 miles from trailhead Water: Lots Mileage: Approx. 15 miles (can be extended to 18 miles) Contact Info: Maps: Uwharrie National Forest (Gemini Map Company) Permits: Backcountry camping permit required. Register at the parking lot. Trail Description Friday: (Approx 2 miles) Park at the trailhead parking area on Hwy 24/27 approx. 2 miles past the Lake Tillery bridge on the left. Several campsites are located on the creek in the first 3 miles. If you have a small group and the weather is clear, consider hiking approx. 4 miles and camp atop Dennis Mountain. Saturday: (Approx. 8 miles) Follow the Uwharrie trail to the top of Dennis Mountain. At the base cross a creek and follow it for approx. 1 mile. Reach the first intersection with the Dutchman’s Creek Trail. Continue straight on the Uwharrie Trail for 2.7 miles and intersect with the Dutchman’s Creek Trail a second time. At this point you can either backtrack to the first Uwharrie/Dutchman’s Creek intersection (2.7.miles) or turn left on the Dutchman’s Creek trail and follow it to the first Uwharrie/Dutchman’s Creek intersection (5.3 miles). When you return to the first Uwharrie/Dutchman’s Creek intersection, take the Dutchman’s Creek Trail south for approx. 2 miles. A good camping area is located at the first significant creek crossing. A second camping area is located approx. ½ mile further on the left at a small creek crossing. Sunday: (Approx. 5 miles) Continue on the Dutchman’s Creek Trail until you reach the parking area on Hwy. 24/27.
Troop 97 Previous Campouts/Outings
IREDELL COUNTY PARK – OUTDOOR EDUCATION CENTER 4/30/ BLUEFIELD RD, MOORESVILLE, NC (EXIT 36 OFF I-77) , CALL FOR CALENDAR AVAILABILITY and PRICES CAMPING: 5 ADIRONDACKS, LIKE NEW, SLEEPS 4-6 PER CABIN, 3 SIDES WITH ONE SIDE SCREENED, HAS COTS IN EACH. I WOULD SAY 25 TOTAL PEOPLE MAX AT THIS SITE! LARGE FIRE RING WITH CUT WOOD PROVIDED (NO EXTRA FEE FOR WOOD) COVERED PICNIC SHELTER WITH BBQ GRILLS SMALL STREAM RUNS BETWEEN CABINS PARKING AT SITE FOR 3-4 CARS, MORE PARKING IS VERY CLOSE BATHROOMS WITH HOT SHOWERS JUST PAST THE PARKING LOT–SHORT WALK COST IS $30 PER NIGHT FOR 15 PEOPLE, THEN $1 FOR EACH ADDITIONAL PERSON HIKING: TRAILS ARE SHORT COMPARED TO OUR USUAL HIKES, BUT TRAILS HAVE MANY SPOTS SET UP FOR TEACHING STATIONS – LIKE KNOTS, FIRST AID, LASHING, ETC.
ROPES COURSE: HAVE 2 ZIP LINES, ONE FOR PEOPLE OVER 5FT TALL, LONGER RUN, AND HAS CENTIPEDE CLIMBING TOWER. THE OTHER ZIP LINE IS FOR ANYONE TO RIDE, A SHORTER RUN, NOT AS HIGH, BETTER FOR 1 ST TIMER. THIS ZIP LINE ALSO HAS CLIMBING POLE AT THE SAME STATION THE LOW ROPES COURSES ARE SPREAD AROUND THE HIKING TRAIL AND ARE FOR YOU TO WORK TOGETHER AS A TEAM TO MEET GOALS 2 PAGE PERMISSION SLIP SIGNED BY PARENTS REQUIRED FOR EACH PERSON PROGRAM COST FOR ROPES COURSE: ____________________ changes on 8/1/12. ORIENTEERING: WE COULD SET UP OUR OWN COURSE USING THE TEACHING STATIONS AS THE POINTS. COULD BE GOOD FOR NEW SCOUTS, FOLLOWING COMPASS, CAN’T GET TOO LOST AT THIS PLACE. HAVE AN AERIAL MAP PROVIDED BY PARK FOR GENERAL IDEA OF LAY OUT. IREDELL COUNTY PARK – OUTDOOR EDUCATION CENTER 4/30/ BLUEFIELD RD, MOORESVILLE, NC (EXIT 36 OFF I-77) , CALL FOR CALENDAR AVAILABILITY and PRICES