DO NOT BRING: fireworks, skateboards, ipods, ipads or any other electronic/listening device. There is no wi-fi. Cell phone reception is spotty. No firearms or alcohol allowed.
Pathfinder equipment list:
Permission Slip (to club director)
Extra blankets x 2
Comb or Brush
Class A uniform
Disposable Camera (opt)
Firewood Alert: "When camping at this recreation area, purchase your firewood from a vendor who sells certified heat-treated firewood. Don't bring firewood from home. To help prevent the spread of the Emerald ash borer and other forest pests, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is prohibiting firewood that is non-certified heat-treated firewood."
--per Army Corps of Engineers
(Treated wood or building scraps would be best or gather local wood at the campground. If you insist on bringing your own firewood, burn all of it to coals and take all unused wood home with you. Do NOT leave it at the campsite!)
WEATHER — Check your kid’s gear! If kids will bring a blanket or pad for under their sleeping bag and a blanket for over or inside their sleeping bag, they should be warm enough. Extra dry socks too! Don’t forget a sweatshirt and a jacket. We will be surrounded by water and it can be quite damp for the evening meetings. Projected forecast for Gainesboro, TN, (closest town) is for days in the lower 70’s and nights in the mid-to-upper 40’s…possible showers. Be prepared! (There is a Wal-mart between Carthage and the Carthage/Gordonsville exit off I-40.)
Hiking Trail (on your own; transportation by club, not sponsored by the camporee)
Bearwaller Gap Trail has a trailhead in nearby Defeated Creek Park. The trail that follows along the lake is a lightly trafficked out and back trail and is rated as difficult. The most challenging parts of the trail is the first mile that has up and down, but steadily increases in elevation. Total elevation rise is 2,444 feet.
Hiking boots or sturdy tennis shoes and a hiking pole or walking stick is advised. Early in October, insect repellent is highly recommended to keep chiggers & ticks away.
A one-way hike will take about 3-4 hours. Some websites list the trail as a 6-mile trail and some others state that the full trail is 9.8 miles one-way. In case the hike begins to feel too strenuous or you are short on time, you can leave the path after you have traversed it one-way. You will need to arrange for someone to pick you up at the other end of the trail.