Introduction to Backpacking (Intensive)

Introduction to Backpacking (Intensive) – Tuesday, March 14 (6:00pm to 9:30pm) at Hiwassee/Ocoee State Park (Gee Creek). 423-263-0050


  • $10 / Military Veteran or First Responder
  • $15 / General Admission/Participant

Hiwassee/Ocoee Rivers State Park is offering one (3.5 hour intensive course) to prepare you for successful backcountry backpacking. After completion of this intensive course, we will embark on a free overnight backpacking trip within the Cherokee National Forest. The overnight trip will take place on Saturday 4/8/2023 – Sunday 4/9/2023. The trip will be led by seasoned backpacker and 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-hiker, Ranger Jeremy Sorensen.

The intensive course will cover the following topics:

1st Session

  • Backpacking Basics: An Overview
  • The BIG 3 (Shelter, Sleep & Pack Systems)
  • How to choose and organize your pack
  • Proper clothing, footwear & gear

2nd Session

  • Trail Meal Prep
  • Food Storage & Bear Bags
  • Water Filtration
  • Trail Hygiene

3rd Session

  • Healthy Parks Heathy Person (Personal Fitness)
  • Basic Survival: An Overview
  • Trip Planning
  • Navigation & Map Reading

On 4/8/2023-4/9/2023, we will conduct an overnight guided trip! This excursion will consist of approximately (9 miles) of moderate hiking total. This is the perfect opportunity to test out your winter/spring gear in backcountry conditions.

Free Overnight Trip Conditions: You will need to be able to provide your own transportation, gear and food for this event.

Can’t wait to see you there, happy trails!

The event is finished.


Mar 14 2023


6:00 PM - 9:30 PM