AT Hike Adventure Camp
“The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, generally known as the Appalachian Trail or simply the A.T., is a marked hiking trail in the Eastern United States extending between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine. The trail is about 2,200 miles (3,500 km) long, though the exact length changes over time as parts are modified or rerouted. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy claims that the Appalachian Trail is the longest hiking-only trail in the world. More than 2 million people are said to do at least one day-hike on the trail each year.” from Wikipedia.org
Holston is fortunate to be situated close to the AT and therefore we have traditionally offered campers the opportunity to experience the famous trail. Wilderness and Wildcat campers embark at Roan Mountain, the highest point in Tennessee with experienced Adventure Leaders. We hike north for approximately 15 miles. We will spend two nights on the trail camping in tents and eating meals we cook on a campfire or cook stoves.
Hiking the AT is a memorable experience. We experience distant sunrises and sunsets over the mountains, we reminisce while relaxing around a campfire, we are amazed at what we have done.
We provide the backpacks, food, and gear but we ask that you bring a lightweight sleeping bag. (This is a strenuous hike and anyone with physical disabilities may not enjoy the journey.)
Wilderness and Wildcat hikers will join the other campers for campus activities while staying in our Rustic Camp. Rustic Camp is a short distance from Main Camp over the hill and past the Tree House and Eagles Nest. Rustic Campers sleep in hammocks in screened-in cabins. They learn to work together to prepare and cook their own food. Rustic Campsites use a bath house with hot showers available.