Off-Camp Adventures

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.

Andrew’s favorite activity was the two-night backpack trip in Pisgah National Forest. He was able to reconnect with friends from last year and make some great new friends, and he said it was awesome, busy, and fun. He’s ready to return! – Shannon & Jason Crenshaw, Woodbine, GA

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

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Learn more about how each age group gets to experience the outdoors below!
Pathfinders: 1st–4th Grades
  • Rock climb at Gilbert’s Rock (five minutes from camp), an ancient and beautiful granite dome.
  • Hike Black Balsam and Tennent Mountain, an easy but exciting hike to a 6,214-foot summit. On clear days, campers will see four different states! Afterward, we’ll swim at Sliding Rock and eat ice cream at Dolly’s.
  • Whitewater raft on the Tuckasegee or Nantahala River.
  • Sleep in a tent on one of our five on-campus sites.
  • Mountain bike on the pump truck, bike park, and Enchanted Forest on-campus.
Trailblazers: 5th–6th Grades
  • Rock climb at Gilbert’s Rock (five minutes from camp), an ancient and beautiful granite dome, with the option of an advanced climbing day.
  • Hike to the summit of John Rock or Looking Glass, followed by a splash in a nearby swimming hole or Sliding Rock and ice cream at Dolly’s. They can also camp overnight in Pisgah National Forest.
  • Hike, mountain bike, or canoe to one of our camping outposts on-campus and sleep in a tent.
  • Whitewater raft the Nantahala River.
  • Mountain bike through the Enchanted Forest on-campus, with the option for an advanced biking day in nearby DuPont State Forest.
Explorers: 7th–9th Grades
  • Rock climb at Gilbert’s Rock (five minutes from camp), an ancient and beautiful granite dome, with the option of an advanced climbing day.
  • Hike and summit John Rock, and then camp overnight in Pisgah National Forest, followed by swimming at Sliding Rock 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.
  • Optional overnight canoe trip on the French Broad River.
  • Optional backpack in Pisgah National Forest.
Adventure Treks: 7th–12th Grades

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 13–18 experience a variety of outdoor adventure activities like backpacking, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, canoeing, and more in California, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, 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