Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area
3-Day/2-Night "Fall Colors" Backpacking Trip
Friday, October 19 to Sunday, October 21, 2018
Encompassing 125,000 acres of the Cumberland Plateau, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area protects the free-flowing Big South Fork of the Cumberland River and its tributaries. The area boasts miles of scenic gorges and sandstone bluffs, is rich with natural and historic features and has been developed to provide visitors with a wide range of outdoor recreational activities.
Great Miami Outfitters offers this 3-day, 2-night backpacking trip to Big South Fork National Recreation Area! We’ll explore the natural features of the Big South Fork Area while hiking through the beautiful fall colors, enjoy scenic waterfalls, and sandstone arches and bluffs!
On Day 1, we will hike a little more than 5 miles and set up our camp in the primitive camping area for both nights. This primitive retreat can only be accessed by hiking or horseback. There is no electricity, but offers the use of showers and restroom facilities. We will explore the sandstone arches while day hiking with lighter packs on Day 2. On Day 3, we will visit a beautiful waterfall as we hike back to the trailhead.
Join us for the outbound backpacking trip experience or to gain more backpacking education! Our group will be using a variety of outdoor skills required for backpacking, including – proper campsite set up, filtering and purifying water, proper food storage, Leave No Trace principles, and more! If you are looking for more education of these or other topics, let our Program Staff know at the pre-trip meeting and they will incorporate more education into your trip!
Sorry, no pets allowed.
Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area
DEPARTURE & RETURN:
Our shuttle will depart from Centerville about 7:30 AM on Friday, October 19th and return to Centerville about 6:00 PM on Sunday, October 21st. All trips take place rain or shine!
This trip will require a total of about 13.5 miles of hiking.
Day 1 Friday – 5.3 miles
Day 2 Saturday – 4.2 miles
Day 3 Sunday – 4.0 miles
1 – Easy to Moderate
We rate each trip based on the following criteria:
1 = Easy/Beginner Friendly
Hiking with a small amount of elevation gain and loss. Less than 5 miles per day.
2 = Moderate
5 to 10 hiking miles each day and more elevation gain and loss than we experience in the Dayton Area.
3 = Difficult/Advanced
7 to 15 hiking miles each day and more elevation gain and loss than we experience in the Dayton Area.
Advance registration and payment is required.
$190 per participant
(Rewards Members - this purchase goes towards your rewards points)
Includes transportation, trip planning & logistics, trip leaders, & applicable permits.
Does not include any equipment or meals.
This is an outdoor trip - rain or shine.
All fees include a non-refundable deposit of 25% of the total registration fee.
Please read our Cancellation & Refund Policy before registering.
Recommended age of 14 years or older.
Full information and course confirmation will be emailed to each participant within one week of registration.
A waiver of liability and medical history forms are required to be filled out in order to participate.
PRE-TRIP MEETING REQUIRED
Monday, October 15, 2018 from 6:00 to 7:00 PM.
A Pre-Trip Meeting will be held at Great Miami Outfitters. At the meeting, we will distribute equipment outfitting, discuss meal planning & nutrition, logistical details, and any other trip-specific details.
Operated on the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area under a special use permit.
ESSENTIAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:
The following requirements must be met in order to participate in this trip. Please let us know if there are any issues.
- The participant must independently participate in all individual skills and activities listed in the trip description.
- The participant must be able to effectively communicate with the trip leader and other trip participants.
- The participant must be able to manage all personal care independently, or with the assistance of a companion.
- The participant must be able to manage all personal mobility independently, or with the assistance of a companion.
Participants are responsible to know their own abilities and skills and are responsible for their own safety and comfort. Great Miami Outfitters will not make any such determination; however, we will be happy to answer your questions or concerns. Outdoor activities may require some strenuous exercise.
If you do not meet the requirements listed above, or if you have any questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the store at (937) 938-5009 and ask to be connected to a trip leader.
If no spots are available, please call the store at (937) 938-5009 to be added to the wait list.