Travel To Camp
As soon as your child is enrolled in camp, we encourage you to begin planning transportation to and from camp.
Camp Pinnacle’s address is 1 Wolfe Lake Drive, Hendersonville, NC 28739.
Driving to camp
On Opening Day, please plan to arrive at camp between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. On Closing Day, camp will open at 9 a.m., and our closing ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. The closing ceremony lasts approximately 45 minutes. On the Travel Form in your CampInTouch account, please mark “Arrival by Car.”
Approximate drive times:
- Charlotte, NC: 2 hours
- Atlanta, GA: 3 hours
- Charleston, SC: 4 hours
- Raleigh, NC: 4 hours
- Nashville, TN: 5 hours
- Cincinnati, OH: 6 hours
- Richmond, VA: 7 hours
- Jacksonville, FL: 8 hours
- Memphis, TN: 8 hours
- Baltimore, MD: 9 hours
Flying to camp
We ask that you follow our guidelines when booking your child’s flight to ensure a convenient and timely arrival to and departure from camp.
Please arrange for travel to one of three airports:
- Asheville, NC (AVL; 30 minutes from camp)
- Greenville, SC (GSP; 45 minutes from camp)
- Charlotte, NC (CLT; 2.5 hours from camp)
Asheville, NC, and Greenville, SC, arrivals
On Opening Day, please book your child’s flight to arrive between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. We recommend booking flights as early as possible within the specified window so that if there are any delays or cancellations, your camper can stay on schedule and not miss lunch* or the start of Opening Day activities. For children who experience a missed connection or delayed or cancelled flight, don’t worry—we will be there to pick them up, regardless of the time. Once children arrive at the airport, they will call you to let you know. Upon arrival to camp, our office will call you to confirm their arrival.
*Lunch begins at 1 p.m. on Opening Day; if your child arrives after 1 p.m., we will make sure to save a meal for him/her.
Asheville and Greenville departures
On Closing Day, please book flights to depart between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Earlier departures create an extremely early wake-up time for campers. Those who are flying home will likely miss our Closing Ceremony, so please do not worry about planning flights around the ceremony.
Charlotte, NC, arrivals and departures
For the convenience of the few families who cannot find flights in or out of Asheville or Greenville, we offer a free shuttle to the Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Because it is a 2.5-hour drive from camp, we require families to book flights to both arrive and depart between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on both Opening and Closing Days.
If you have difficulty finding flight schedules that match our specified time frames, please contact our office.
Once you’ve booked your camper’s flights, please complete the Travel Form in your CampInTouch account, including the flight number, arrival and departure times, and confirmation code.
Unaccompanied minors and baggage fees
Campers under the age of 15 who fly without their parents will most likely travel as an Unaccompanied Minor (UM). This means parents pay an extra fee (which varies by airline) for their child to have an airline escort for the entire length of travel. Once at the airport, parents receive a gate pass to accompany their child behind security to the gate, where an airline official will walk the children to their seat on the plane. Once the plane lands at the destination airport, a flight attendant will escort UMs off the plane and wait with them until a designated Camp Pinnacle staff member arrives at the gate to sign the appropriate paperwork for the airline to release the child to us.
If your camper is flying as a UM, we will email you the name and contact information of the staff member who will be greeting your child two days before arrival. Please understand that we are unable to provide this information earlier.
If your camper is flying home as a UM, please do not pay the UM fee for the return flight ahead of time—we have found that airlines misplace receipts, and families often have to pay twice. To help ease the logistics for you, Camp Pinnacle will pay the UM and any baggage fees upon checking your child in at the airport. We will then charge your credit card or e-check for the reimbursement. Before checking your child in for his or her return flight, we will also need the name of the person who will be greeting your child at his or her final destination. Please call us at 855-378-1928 with any questions.
If your camper is flying to camp, it may be in your best interest to ship his or her trunk to camp separately; it will then be placed in your camper’s cabin prior to Opening Day. We recommend using UPS or FedEx to ensure it arrives on time. We are happy to ship your camper’s trunk back to you at the end of the session; please contact us if so.
Important things to note:
- If you choose to use UPS, here is an easy-to-use form.
- Please have your camper’s trunk arrive the Friday before camp starts. We will let you know when the trunk arrives.
- Please pack your camper’s carry-on with a bathing suit, change of clothes, and basic toiletries like a toothbrush in case the trunk arrives late.
Please ship trunks to:
[Camper name and session]
1 Wolfe Lake Drive
Hendersonville, NC 28739
If this is your camper’s first time away from home, it’s possible that he or she might get homesick. (This is actually a necessary component of youth development!) At Camp Pinnacle, we are prepared and trained for this. Your child will always be surrounded by caring counselors, supportive directors, and new friends to help get him/her through any challenges that arise. Camp is a wonderful opportunity to help children build independence and confidence through their first extended forays away from home.
If your child does become significantly homesick, we will contact you and together discuss strategies to overcome it. In our experience, it is not helpful to tell nervous campers that they can come home if they are not having fun. Instead, talk about how brave your child is, and how proud you are that he/she is independent enough to have this experience. If you are concerned about potential homesickness, do not hesitate to call us at 855-378-1928.