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    Default need ideas, rafting and 1 night camping in NC

    I have just an extended weekend coming up in a couple weeks. Thinking of taking my son (13) to the mountains. He's not into backpacking and as much as I'd like to do a 2-3 night backpacking trip, I also don't want to hear the belly aching.
    So
    I was thinking of just doing some whitewater rafting
    maybe at NOC?
    and instead of a hotel maybe just do one night of camping somewhere not too far from a trailhead.

    Any suggestions of a great place to camp?
    something maybe with some bouldering to explore, or something more than just boring trail
    or would you just do a campground someplace?
    I'm even thinking of just doing a cabin someplace..... any ideas for that?

    not necessarily the AT, in fact I'd prefer to stay off the AT.

    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by blw2 View Post
    I have just an extended weekend coming up in a couple weeks. Thinking of taking my son (13) to the mountains. He's not into backpacking and as much as I'd like to do a 2-3 night backpacking trip, I also don't want to hear the belly aching.
    So
    I was thinking of just doing some whitewater rafting
    maybe at NOC?
    and instead of a hotel maybe just do one night of camping somewhere not too far from a trailhead.

    Any suggestions of a great place to camp?
    something maybe with some bouldering to explore, or something more than just boring trail
    or would you just do a campground someplace?
    I'm even thinking of just doing a cabin someplace..... any ideas for that?

    not necessarily the AT, in fact I'd prefer to stay off the AT.

    thanks
    Ocoee in Tennessee would be perfect. The BMT and other trails are close.

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    My rafting of NC experience is limited but I will provide for what it is worth.

    I have gone to Hot Springs, NC for about 10 weekend vacations and it is an outstanding experience every time. And the French Broad River goes right thru town. I had an A+ experience witht he rafting company there, very family friendly.

    Camping: Lovely campground right on the river within walking distance to restaurants and shops, but out of eyesight.

    Now for the hiking, what can I say, the AT goes right thru the middle of town, I read and understand you would prefer no AT but it is what it is.
    AT Shuttle List
    Trail Miles: 3,715.9
    AT Trips: 67
    AT Map 1 Completion: 1818.9 Springer, GA - Franconia Notch, NH
    AT Map 2 Completion: 263.8 Gaps From GA - PA

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    Quote Originally Posted by blw2 View Post
    I was thinking of just doing some whitewater rafting
    maybe at NOC?
    and instead of a hotel maybe just do one night of camping somewhere not too far from a trailhead.

    Any suggestions of a great place to camp?
    There's good rafting on the Nolichucky, which is only about an hour's drive from the Roan Highlands.

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