Off-Camp Adventures

Sarah loved every minute of camp and so desperately needed that adventure and growth opportunity this summer. She loved the range of activities, the chance to meet wonderful new friends, and the exciting outdoor adventures. Thanks for making it happen safely! – Jennifer Emmett, parent from Chevy Chase, MD

We would be remiss not to venture out and explore the scenic beauty and bio-diverse splendor of western North Carolina. All campers participate in age- and skill-appropriate day and/or overnight trips, which increase in challenge as campers return to Camp Pinnacle each summer. Our Off-Camp Adventures give kids the opportunity for outdoor experiences that set a tone for a lifetime of adventure and strong connection to nature.

Every camper will have the opportunity to:

  • Climb a real rock
  • Raft a whitewater river
  • Summit a mountain
  • Mountain bike in the forest
  • And camp out overnight and roast s’mores
Learn more about how each age group gets to experience the outdoors below!
1st–5th Graders
  • Rock climb at Gilbert’s Rock (five minutes from camp), an ancient and beautiful granite dome.
  • Day hike in Pisgah National Forest, summiting mountains that have views of four different states on clear days. Afterward, we’ll splash around in a swimming hole and eat ice cream at Dolly’s.
  • Whitewater raft on the Nantahala River.
  • Camp out overnight and roast s’mores at one of our five on-campus sites.
  • Mountain bike on the pump track, bike park, and Enchanted Forest on-campus.
6th Graders
  • Hike to the summit of John Rock or Looking Glass, followed by a splash in a nearby swimming hole. End the day by eating dinner with a sunset view on the Blue Ridge Parkway, topped off with ice cream from Dolly’s.
  • Hike, mountain bike, or canoe to one of our five outposts on-campus and sleep in a tent.
  • Whitewater raft the Pigeon River.
  • Mountain bike through the Enchanted Forest on-campus, with the option for an advanced biking day in nearby DuPont State Forest.
  • Option to backpack in Pisgah National Forest, kayak the French Broad River, climb at Cedar Rock, or tube the Green River.
7th–9th Graders
  • Summit John Rock, and spend the night around a campfire eating s’mores in Pisgah National Forest. We’ll spend the next day hiking in Pisgah, followed by swimming holes and ice cream at Dolly’s.
  • Whitewater raft the Pigeon River.
  • Mountain bike through the Enchanted Forest on-campus, with the option for an advanced biking day in nearby DuPont State Forest.
  • Option for an overnight canoe trip on Lake Jocassee, an advanced climbing trip in Pisgah, whitewater kayaking day on the Green River, and mountain biking day in DuPont State Forest.
Adventure Treks: 6th–12th Graders

Camp Pinnacle helps solidify a love of outdoor adventure in our campers, and many seek greater challenges in the outdoors through our Adventure Treks program, established in 1993. Teenagers ages 12–18 experience a variety of outdoor adventure activities like backpacking, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, canoeing, and more in California, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, British Columbia, and Alaska. Adventure Treks and Camp Pinnacle share the same philosophy of building a close-knit, kind, and inclusive community of friends and role models; improving self-confidence and independence; and building resilience and leadership skills. Many students return to Adventure Treks for multiple summers, and as juniors and seniors can further leadership opportunities in our Leadership Summit program. Many of our Leadership Summit students then complete the circle by returning to Camp Pinnacle after a year of college as a counselor!

Learn More About Adventure Treks