Skip to content

Introduction to Backpacking (Intensive) 3-19

Introduction to Backpacking (Intensive) – Sunday, March 19 at Hiwassee/Ocoee State Park (6:00pm to 9:30pm).

Hiwassee/Ocoee Rivers State Park is offering one (3.5 hour intensive course) to prepare you for successful backcountry backpacking. After completion of this intensive course, we will embark on a free overnight backpacking trip within the Cherokee National Forest. The overnight trip will take place on Saturday 4/8/2023 – Sunday 4/9/2023. The trip will be led by seasoned backpacker and 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-hiker, Ranger Jeremy Sorensen.

The intensive course will cover the following topics:

1st Session

  • Backpacking Basics: An Overview
  • The BIG 3 (Shelter, Sleep & Pack Systems)
  • How to choose and organize your pack
  • Proper clothing, footwear & gear

2nd Session

  • Trail Meal Prep
  • Food Storage & Bear Bags
  • Water Filtration
  • Trail Hygiene

3rd Session

  • Healthy Parks Heathy Person (Personal Fitness)
  • Basic Survival: An Overview
  • Trip Planning
  • Navigation & Map Reading

On 4/8/2023-4/9/2023, we will conduct an overnight guided trip! This excursion will consist of approximately (9 miles) of moderate hiking total. This is the perfect opportunity to test out your winter/spring gear in backcountry conditions.

Free Overnight Trip Conditions: You will need to be able to provide your own transportation, gear and food for this event.

Meet at: Gee Creek Visitor Center- 404 Spring Creek Rd. Delano, TN 37325.  Call 423-263-0050 for more information.
  • $10 / First Responder/Military Veteran
  • $15 / General Admission/Participant