Trail Camp for Big Kids

Burnsville, North Carolina

Burnsville, North Carolina

Fri 26th July 2024 - Mon 29th July 2024

3 races

Organiser's Description

Trail Camp for Big Kids
Have you ever been jealous of all the kids who get to go on camps every summer? It sucks being a big kid with responsibility but here at the annual Trail Camp for big Kids, we are now inviting you, the big kid! This camp will focus on a variety of things, team building, navigation, community service, friendship, and of course a bit of running! 
Trail camp is for adults to get away from the busyness of life and a chance to play in the mountains for a long weekend. This camp welcomes all levels of runners and even non-runners! Camp consists of sharing campfire stories, trail stories, bad jokes, and miles throughout the forest. Camp is a no-pressure weekend so you are welcome to run as much or as little as you like. 
Welcome to Trail Camp for Big Kids! This long weekend is meant to be relaxed and fun with some running mixed in! We are headed back to Mount Mitchell and the highest point east of the Mississippi!
You are welcome to run as much or as little as you want! It is completely up to you. We will have some planned runs and we can split into groups that will stick together! All paces and abilities are welcome and we will not let people run on their own (unless they want to and are comfortable with it). The weekend schedule will be loose but follow the structure below. 
If you have any dietary restrictions, please plan to bring adequate food for yourself. We will try to offer vegetarian/vegan options but when planning for the masses, this can be difficult! 
When: July 26th - July 29th
Where: Briar Bottom Campgroup

Campers arrive between 1 -8 pm

Briar Bottom Campground  - Dogwood

Group Shakeout Run - 6 PM

Route - River loop from back of camp. Posted HERE

As a group, we will run from camp on the South Toe River Loop Trail. We will stop at the bridge and do some walking drills before finishing the run. After the run, enjoy a dip in the river and then break off for dinner.

Dinner plan: Camper responsible for own meal 


Saturday will be our longest day on the trails. Find a group who wants to do one of the routes below and be prepared to be on the trail for a while. Hydration pack with plenty of water or a filter is recommended. We will aim to serve dinner once everyone is back from their runs. This will be provided by the Camp RDs. Meal TBD.

Breakfast 7-8 am

Pancakes, Bacon, eggs? - Provided by Camp RDs

Lunch - on trail, Runner responsible

Dinner - Provided by camp

The run options are below. In order to do the Death by DNF loop, we will need someone to drive to Colberts ridge trailhead with food and water for resupply at the halfway point. We can also look into dropping a car with supplies prior to the run. But if anyone isn’t planning on running, they can use my truck. This will also be the bailout point for anyone not planning on doing the full loop..

Run Start time: 8-9am


Mount Mitchell (up and down) ~ 11 miles Posted HERE

Death by DNF loop half (pickup at Colberts ridge)

Death by DNF loop ~26 miles, aid at halfway. Route Here 

Option 1: 

Sunday is an open book. There are two options, Wake up early and hike the Mitchell trail to the top to watch the sunrise (weather depending).  The hike up will most likely take 3 hours or more so this may not be feasible for some people. I am not sure if the gate to the parking lot will be open at this time so driving might be an option for some.

Option 2 is to sleep in and then go for a run on the MST trail or head out on the Green Knob trail to the firetower.

Sunrise option (weather permitting):

2 am wake up to climb up Mitchell trail to the observatory to view the sunrise. Run back down post sunrise

Breakfast to follow run - Camper’s responsibility/leftover pancakes/bacon

Option 2: 

Sleep in.

Breakfast 7-9 am

Green knob fire tower trail or MST Posted HERE

Campers leave in the afternoon. Option to stay until Monday

Lunch - Camper responsibility

Dinner - Camper responsibility 


Free day - Trail option up for debate. Most likely shorter route

Pack up and leave by noon. 

Camp Packing List (things to Bring)
There will bathrooms, showers, and running water

Everyone needs to Bring

One Stack of Firewood

Good attitudes!

Either a Tent, Car, Hammock. No RVs


Bug Spray

Runner Attire 

It can be really warm during the day and around 55 degrees at night


We will prepare dinner Saturday Night after the Adventure Run Only

Camp stove if you have one but we should have plenty.

Jet boil


Beer, Wine, Liquor to your fancy

Hydration packs or Handhelds

Running nutrition


Trekking poles

Sleeping bag/blankets

Bathing suit for the river ice bath


Anti Chafe

Personal dinner ware (plates, forks, knives etc)

Lawn Games

Camp Chair(s).


  • Deep Gap Trail 10k

    Fri 26th July 2024

  • Mount Mitchell Trail Half Marathon

    Fri 26th July 2024

  • Death Before DNF Marathon

    Fri 26th July 2024


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