The Hiking program at High Rocks offers campers a fun and exciting opportunity to experience the pleasure of self-reliance, discover the natural beauty of our unique region, and develop a skill set for living safely and comfortably in the woods.  Although not all campers select the hiking camp activity as one of their five activities, every camper participates in hiking to some degree whether through a cabin overnight or an age-group romp around the lake loop. In all hiking camp activities, we emphasize environmental stewardship as well as the enjoyment of clean air, rushing water, the smoke of a campfire, and a perfectly toasted marshmallow.

Our highly qualified staff wields an impressive resume of tripping experience from high alpine ascents in the Andes to the entire through-hikes of the Pacific Crest Trail.  This wealth of expertise allows us to venture forth from High Rocks on trips to identify birds or wildflowers, master orienteering, and navigation, and take extended two-to-five-day backpacking trips in the vast tracts of preserved wilderness that blanket Western NC.

Our property adjoins Dupont State Forest which gives us access to over ninety miles of trails, wide-open vistas, and thundering cascades. Additionally, Caeser’s Head State Park, Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area, and Pisgah National Forest are all within a stone’s throw of camp and offer a myriad of trip opportunities.

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Is High Rocks a hiking camp?

High Rocks is much more than a hiking camp, kayaking camp or horseback riding camp. High Rocks is a traditional summer camp with an extensive array of activities, including hiking and backpacking.

Operations on National Forest System Lands are authorized under Special Use Permit by the Pisgah National Forest.

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Fritz Orr
~ Staff Member & Former Camper ~

"High Rocks is a place you grow personally. You learn to deal with adversity, you learn to live with people, you learn how to share. It's a community."