Appalachian Trail Explorers Program
The Ultimate two-week adventure in the mountains of North Carolina
Three ways to join in:
Hikers may meet at the Nantahala OutDoor Center in North Carolina, arrive at the Ashville Airport, or may start at Camp Frontier in Florida with transportation provided.
More than a walk in the woods, our Hikers, teenage boys and girls, will experience the very best of the the great outdoors in North Carolina.
Day 1 - 3 Arrive at the Nantahala OutDoor Center for training, Whitewater Rafting and a day hike
Day 4 - 7 Hike south on the AT from Fonata Dam south to the NOC tent camping three nights along the way.
Day 8 - 9 While back at the NOC, hikers rest up and enjoy fishing, a mountain zip-line and bike riding in the mountains.
Day 10 - 13 The second section hike begins at Franklin NC and concludes north back at the NOC after three nights on the AT.
Day 14 - 15 Back at the NOC hikers enjoy rafting and a celebration of their accomplishment with an evening party. Hikers depart on Day 15.
All top quality backpacking equipment is provided and the tuition even includes transportation, food, all activities, laundry and more. Experienced and caring Trail Staff will guide the hikers though this exciting schedule.
Photos and video will be posted on line most every night and hikers may bring cell phones for occasional calls home.