Wheels and Heels 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 Appalachian Trail and therefore we have offered campers the opportunity to experience the famous trail. We will spend two nights on the trail camping in tents, preparing meals, and enjoying each other’s company by the campfire.
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.)
This summer, campers can bike The Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail. The “Creeper Trail” is what remains from the removal of a narrow gauge railroad that connected Whitetop Station at the Virginia-North Carolina border, through Damascus, to Abingdon, Virginia. We will start at White Top and coast leisurely down the beautiful wooded trail to Damascus, enjoying a picnic lunch by Laurel Creek. Campers should be proficient at safely riding a bicycling to enroll in this camp.
Explorer and Wilderness 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.