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Backpacking 101

  • 2970 Georgia 190 Pine Mountain Valley, GA, 31823 United States (map)

Our Backpacking 101 course is geared towards those who want to experience the thrill of backpacking on an overnight trip or an extended trip but aren't sure where to start or need a refresher.  We will educate and guide you in all areas to help you begin your adventures. You will spend one night in the great outdoors learning all the basics.


We'll be covering: 

  • Importance of an Itinerary
  • Trail Ratings
  • Trail Alerts / Conditions
  • Permit System
  • Gear
  • Weather Conditions & How to Protect Yourself
  • Water Sources & Purification
  • Food & Storage
  • Wildlife
  • Setting Up Camp - Sleeping Quarters, Kitchen, Bathroom
  • Cooking & Cleaning in the Backcountry
  • Personal Hygiene  
  • Fire
  • Leave No Trace
  • First Aid / First Aid Kits
  • Trail Blazes
  • How & What to Pack

Gear to Bring

All gear and  supplies needed are included except for what is on the gear list below.

  • Day Pack
  • Clothing (Additional layers in colder months)
  • Durable Shoes
  • Water Bottle (water will be available for refill)
  • Notebook and Pen
  • Snacks
  • Lunch (for Saturday)
  • Personal Hygiene Items

Optional Gear

  • Headlamp
  • Knife (Fixed and/or Folding Blade)
  • Camp Pillow

Food Suggestions

Dinner will be provided Saturday evening and breakfast Sunday morning.

  • Dehydrated Meals (i.e. Mountain House, MRE's, etc.)
  • Tuna/Chicken Pouches
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly
  • Trail Mix, Beef Jerky, Fruit


Directions to the Dead Pines Campsite

Just past Callaway Gardens Country Store, bear right into Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park.

Continue for 3 miles until you reach the Visitor Center. Across the street from the Visitor Center is the entrance to the Camp Ground.

From the Camp Ground entrance, travel .8 miles. On your left, you'll see a sign for Dead Pine Campsite Parking.

*The best address to use for GPS is the Visitor Center: 2970 GA 190, Pine Mountain Valley, GA, 31823

Lodging Options

Visit or Call 800-864-7275 for FDR State Park Lodging

FDR State Park Lodging Prices:

  • Camp Sites $26 - $30
  • Cottages $110 - 175

Other Lodging Prices:

Additional Assistance

If you have a question about anything at all please contact us directly:  |  706.573.2968

Later Event: August 13
Girls Night Out