Smoky Mountain Trip - July 2018

Troop 9 is heading down to the Smoky Mountains on Thursday July 19 to go ziplining, white water rafting, and hiking.

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Each scout participating should reserve their spot by May 8 with $50 down payment (non-refundable).  Each participant should complete their registration by returning the permission slip and $200 by July 10.


Thursday July 19 - Travel
0700 Pack and load
1800 Arrive at Cosby Campsite and setup camp

Friday July 20 - Ziplining and Mountain Coaster
0700 Wake up call, prepare breakfast, prepare lunch
0830 Leave Cosby Campsite for Climbworks
0915 Arrive at Climbworks for ziplining (must arrive 45 mins before first time)
1000 First group starts ziplining
1030 Second group starts ziplining
1230 First group finishes ziplining
1300 Second group finishes ziplining
1300 Lunch at Climbworks
1400 Leave for mountain coaster
1500 Mountain coaster
1700 Drive back to camp

Saturday July 21 - Whitewater and Ghost Town
0700 Wake up call, prepare breakfast, prepare lunch
0830 Pack up campsite
0930 Leave Cosby Campsite for Smoky Mountain Outdoors
1015 Arrive at Smoky Mountain Outdoors for white water
1100 White water activity starts
1300 Lunch at Smoky Mountain Outdoors
1400 Leave for Elkmont campground
1500 Elkmont ghost town
1700 Leave for Cade’s Cove campground
1800 Arrive at Cade’s Cove campground and setup camp

Sunday July 22 - Hiking
0700 Wake up call, prepare breakfast, prepare lunch
0830 Leave Cade's Cove campground for hiking
1700 Arrive at Cade’s Cove campground from hiking

Monday July 23 - Travel
0700 Packup camp
0800 Leave for Champaign
1600 Arrive in Champaign


The trip will be a 9-10 hour drive (with stops, not including a time change) from Champaign to Cosby Campground.

The troop will be staying in the Cosby campground for two nights and then moving to Cade's Cove campground for two more nights.  We will prearrange car and tent arrangements before the trip.

The troop will zipline at Climbworks on Friday July 20. This is about a 15 minute drive from the campground. After ziplining the troop will go to a mountain coaster. There are a couple of options for mountain coasters that are about a 15-30 minute drive from Climbworks. On Saturday July 21, the troop will go white water rafting at Smoky Mountain Outdoors. This is also about a 15 minute drive from the campground. After white water rafting the troop will move to Cade's Cove campground in a different part of the park. This drive is about a 90 minute drive. The troop will plans to break this up by going to the Elkmont Ghost Town on the way.

Contact Info:

Cosby Campground Address: 127 Cosby Park Road, Cosby TN 37722
Cosby Campground Phone: (423) 487-2683

Cade's Cove Campground Address: 10042 Campground Drive, Townsend TN 37882
Cade's Cove Campground Phone: (865)448-2472

Climbworks Address: 155 Branam Hollow Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Climbworks Phone:  (865) 325-8116

Smoky Mountain Outdoors Address: 3299 Hartford Road, Hartford, TN 37753 
Smoky Mountain Outdoors Phone: 1-800-771-7238

How to dress for ziplining:

  • Ensure to wear closed toed shoes ( No Sandals or Five Fingered Toed Shoes )

How to dress for white water rafting:

  • Proper Footwear - BARE FEET AND FLIP-FLOPS ARE NOT PERMITTED.  Sneakers, water shoes, and sandals with a heel strap work best.
  • Towel
  • Dry Clothes
  • Sunscreen
  • Waterproof Camera

How to dress for hiking:

  • T-shirt (wicking is best)
  • Wool or wicking socks
  • Shorts
  • Sturdy, broken-in tennis shoes or hiking boots
  • Backpack
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Two 32 oz water bottles
  • Menu TBA
  • The troop will pay for the meals on travel days
  • Everyone will eat together
  • Adults will cook all meals with scouts helping
Packing List


Troop Equipment
  • Patrol box
  • Rain fly
  • Prefer use of troop tents as space may be limited

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