We will meet at the Bi-Lo in Belmont for a four hour drive to the Standing Indian Campground off of Hwy 64 West - past Franklin, North Carolina. This will be a loop hike. We will leave our cars at the campground and hike the seven or so miles on a side trail to the Standing Indian Shelter on the Appalachian Trail and set up camp. The following day we will hike 14 miles on the AT to the Big Spring Shelter. On Sunday morning we will hike roughly seven miles on the AT and a side trail back to our cars. Since we won`t know the condition, or if the shelter will be full or not, you will need to bring a tent, tarp, hammock or whatever you use. I don`t intend to stay in the shelter itself. I suspect there will be a lot of backpackers taking advantage of this hike this weekend.
If you want to car camp instead of backpack, I strongly urge you to come as this area has many trails for day hiking. Car Campers will need to make their own reservations and make up their own itinerary.
For "backpackers", you need to be experienced and in decent shape. We will be averaging 2 miles per hour during our actual hiking. The hike will be moderately strenous. We will stop for lunch on the way there and on the way back.
Please use the latitude and longitude as I don`t believe the address posted for Standing Indian Campground is correct.