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Backpacking Basics

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

Backpacking Basics

Our Backpacking Basics class is geared towards those who want to experience the thrill of a backpacking 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 learn the following:

  • The importance of having an itinerary and what information is needed
  • Trail alerts/ conditions
  • Weather conditions and how to protect yourself
  • Water sources and purification
  • Food and storage
  • Permit system / Trail ratings / Trail blazes
  • Wildlife
  • How to safely set up camp
  • Cooking and cleaning in the backcountry
  • Personal hygiene
  • Fire
  • First aid / First aid kit
  • Gear basics
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  • Instructions 
  • Demonstrations
  • Hands-on practice
  • Training material
  • Supplies
  • Drinks

What To Bring

  • Parking Fee $5.00
  • Lunch

Getting There:

Directions to Campground

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. Follow the road around till you drive into the campground. Follow the campground road around to area 4 gate and pull in.  

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


Please note that our events and classes are held in an outdoor rustic environment.

Earlier Event: May 5
Iron Braid Hiker
Later Event: May 6
Group Hike - East End Loop