Appalachian Journey

A sleep-away camp for 10-14 year olds at the Nantahala Outdoor Center in Bryson City, NC; this 5-day program combines the skills and games of the Eno River Camp with mountain adventure activities, and offers the next step for campers looking to get more adventure from a mountain trip. Campers sleep in bunks in an Appalachian style cabin and enjoy expeditions in hiking, waterfall exploration, swimming, family friendly whitewater rafting, kid friendly tubing, fishing, high ropes and zip-line courses. This is a great opportunity to escape the Piedmont heat and humidity and enjoy a diverse program in the cool air and waters of western NC.

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Trip Information

Pricing and Date
Appalachian Journey is open to campers age 10-14
June 25-29, 2018
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Trip meeting time is at 8:30 in Hillsborough, NC at the Daniel Boone Inn parking lot. We will be traveling in 15-seater vans with the Walk Your Path Well trailer to our cabins near Bryson City, NC. We will also travel to nearby parks and adventure resorts over the course of the week.
Lodging Info
We will be staying in Nantahala Outdoor Center cabins near Bryson City, NC. We will have full access to showers and a the cooking area.
Food Information
During Appalachian Journey we will eat similar to our Backpacking trips. In the mornings we will eat fruit, oatmeal, and cereal.  On specials occasions we will have eggs, bacon, and toast.

For lunch, we will be on an outdoor adventure, whether it be whitewater rafting or high ropes,  we will bring our  GORP, beef/buffalo/turkey jerky and power bars with us. We have found these lunches provide ample nutrition and energy and do not take up a lot of our time to prepare.

Lastly, we will go out for dinner to the local cafeteria and stock up on vegetables, fruit, and meat. Each child will bring power bars, GORP, and jerky for snack.  We will  also cook some of our favorite WYPW fire snacks over our campfire.

Appalachian Journey offers a broad range of activities for campers. Adventure activities like whitewater rafting and caving are just the tip of the iceberg. Many Walk Your Path Well favorites are even more exciting when done in the mountains.

  • Waterfall exploration, whitewater tubing, swimming holes
  • Ziplines, High ropes course, rock wall climbing
  • Nine Levels of Fire Making Skills: Bow and Drill, Flint and Steel, Hand Drill, One Match Fires, A Frame Fires and Much More……
  • Whitewater Rafting, River Ecology, River Fishing
  • Observation and Discovery: Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds and Mammals
  • Naturalist and Pioneer Skills: knife sharpening and safety, Native American tool making, bow and arrow making, basic tracking, wilderness shelter-building

Itinerary 2018
Day 1: The Journey Begins! First, we’ll meet the guides and counselors, pack our bags in the van, and wave goodbye to Mom and Dad. Then, we’ll travel to the Nantahala Outdoor Center near Bryson City, NC. Our first activities after check-in will include freeplay, fire craft challenges, knot/lashing challenges, “top shot” activities, arts and cards, guitar, juggling, and board games. Next, we will have dinner, followed by our evening program, a snack, outdoor/nature board games, and quiet time.

Day 2: After a hearty breakfast, we will challenge ourselves on the Alpine Tower with the Nantahala Outdoor Centers professional guides. This 50-foot-tall climbing structure has over 26 different routes to the top through obstacles like the floating logs, the diabolical seesaw, and the corporate ladder. After lunch we will go hiking and exploring in the Deep Creek Park area, near Bryson City. We will explore waterfalls like Indian Creek Falls, Tom Branch Falls, and Juney Whank Falls. With over 30 species of salamanders in the area, not to mention all the cool crawdads and fish, we will definitely be doing some creek exploration. When it heats up a bit we will go swimming in the clear, cold Deep Creek swimming holes!

Day 3: Today we will venture to a pristine spot called Big Creek. The first half of the day will consist of naturalist studies, exploration, hiking, and swimming. After lunch, it’s time to go tubing on Deep Creek! We will float down the creek in small groups led by a counselor and enjoy beautiful scenery along the way.

Day 4: We’ll return to the Nantahala Outdoor Center to challenge the Zipline Adventure Course! This course features a 600 foot zipline and campers can challenge themselves on any elements they want. The NOC uses the most innovative auto-belay systems so you are never disconnected and you can move at the pace that is right for you. The afternoon adventure will be rafting on the family friendly Nantahala River! The trip begins with eight miles of practice on easy Class II rapids before splashing through the exciting Class III whitewater of Nantahala Falls. The Wildwater Rafting professional guides will be leading this part of the adventure.

Day 5: In the morning, we’ll head over to the Nantahala River, and squeeze in one more swim in our favorite swimming hole. Then we will open the much-anticipated trading post. Young adventurers will bargain for their favorite outdoor tools, then we’ll pack our bags and give our thanks and a fond farewell to the Western North Carolina mountains and rivers…We will have experienced a lot!!

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