Introduction to Backpacking Hiking Adventure

Franklin, NC 28734, USA

Duration: 3 days
Group size: 1 - 6
Introduction to Backpacking Hiking Adventure
Franklin, NC 28734, USA

Duration: 3 days
Group size: 1 - 6

About this trip

Learn to backpack like a pro with this 3-day adventure into the Nantahala National Forest.

3 Days/2 Nights - All Inclusive

With this three-day adventure into the Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina, you’ll learn a full set of backpacking and hiking skills, while exploring one of the most beautiful areas along the Appalachian Trail. 

During this adventure we’ll discuss topics like how to pick and set up a campsite, how to pack and fit your backpack, and basic survival and navigation techniques. 

Where you will go

For this beginner level adventure, we’ve picked a scenic hike in one of our favorite places to backpack in the southeast – The Nantahala National Forest. Your group will hike a little over 4 miles up the Kimsey Creek Trail, seeing waterfalls, mountain streams and a majestic forest, before camping for 3 days at a spacious backcountry campsite. 

What you will need to bring along

To put it simply – not much.  

We at World’s Best Adventures want to ignite your passion for the outdoors, whether you’re new to hiking and the outdoors or a seasoned backpacker. But we also know how daunting it can be to find the right gear, find the right trails, find the right group, and then actually get out and come back safe.  

So let us do the heavy lifting.  

Sign up for this trip and we’ll provide the biggest most expensive pieces of gear you’ll need; breakfast, dinners, snacks, drinks and goodies for the duration of the trip; and a slew of lessons on hiking and the outdoors from seasoned professionals.  

You’ll bring yourself (duh), clothes, boots, a sleeping bag (which we can help you find or even provide for an additional cost), spork and a few other essentials.   

See our packing list for a full list of gear.  

What’s included

  • Breakfast for three days
  • Lunch for four days
  • Dinner for three days
  • Snacks & drinks
  • Backpack
  • Tent
  • Sleeping pad
  • Headlamps
  • Group cookset
  • Group water filter kit
  • Group first-aid kit
  • Group maps and nav. gear
  • Sleeping bag
    You'll need to bring a good down or synthetic backpacking sleeping bag rated for between 20-35 degrees. Pick one that fits your body and your budget. We are happy to make recomendations.
  • Long-handled spork
    Many backpacker meals are freezedried and eaten from a foil pouch so a long-handled utensil, like a spork, make eating easier. If you aren't sure what to buy, we can point you in the right direction.
  • Cup
    Not required, but makes morning coffee more enjoyable.
  • Boots
    You'll need to bring your own boots or trail runners. If you don't already have a pair, head to your closest outdoor store and try a few pairs until you find some that feel good.
  • Clothing
    You'll need to bring pants, shirts and wool hiking socks for three days. We suggest bringing lightweight wicking fabrics like wool and wickaway. Cotton clothing is not recomended.
  • Rain jacket
    Rain is bound to happen at some point, so you'll need a good jacket to stay warm and dry. Jackets made with Gore-Tex and other waterproof materials are recomended.
  • Warm jacket
    Fleece, wool or down jackets are required.
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Water bottles
    Bring two 1 liter bottles. Nalgene botles and water resevoir bags also work.
  • Pocket knife
    Something small and simple, for whittling and preparing food.
  • Toiletries
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Medications

Available options

Trip Insurance


Day 0
Virtual Gear Shakedown

Virtual Gear shakedown, meet and greet, and introduction held via zoom with Head Guide Alex.  

  • We’ll make sure that everyone has the right gear required for this trip.  
  • Go over safety and health concerns.  
  • Held within a week of trip departure. Dates TBD. 

Your Organizer

Worlds Best Adventures
World's Best Adventures is an all-inclusive outdoor excursion and education company headquartered at the base of the Appalachian Trail in North Georgia. Our mission is to ignite a passion for the outdoors in both novice and experienced backpackers, campers, and wilderness enthusiasts by sharing new experiences, building friendships, and offering helpful instructional opportunities in beautiful, wild environments.