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TJNF Camping: Devil's Marble Yard




The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Thomas Jefferson National Forest, VA
Date(s) & Time:Fri, May 27 2011  6:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 6:00 pm   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, May 9 2011 12:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Mon, May 23 2011 12:59 pm
Event Duration:3 days
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Event Organizer(s):
Molly Arndt
Amy K
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Member Cost:$12.50/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:25
Minimum Group Size:15
Number Registered So Far: 19 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Itinerary:
Join us for a repeat camping trip to Natural Bridge, VA to camp on a great group site in the TJNF.

We will hike the Devil's Marble Yard on Saturday. Enjoy this 8.3-mile circuit hike that includes a 1-mile boulder scramble up to a scenic summit. This is one of the most fun rock scrambles that MOC has done in recent times. Afterward we will return to the campground to relax, enjoy a meal, and fun times by the large fire pit.

On Sunday there will be an optional hike on the Apple Orchard Falls trail - this short hike follows a creek with a few nice waterfalls along the way. There is a 200-foot-high waterfall along this route. If you choose to skip the hike, there will likely be a group going to a local winery instead.

The campsite is a rustic site, with no running water and a vault toilet so you will need to bring your own water for the weekend. There are nearby showers, about a 5 minute drive to the main campgrounds if you do want to shower or need to refill your water.

We are not going to provide food, as it is a large group and would be hard to fit that much food in 2 cars, so you will be responsible for your own food for the weekend. We will have 2 camp stoves, and other MOC cooking supplies, but I would suggest you bring your own as well. You can always cook directly on the fire as well.

The ride is about 4.5 hours from the Baltimore area to the campsite.

If you have any questions or want more information about the trip, feel free to email us.

Details about the campsite can be found here. Details about the hike can be found here.

Required Items to Bring:
- Tent
- Sleeping Bag
- Water
- Food/Camp stove
- Sturdy hiking boots
- Flashlight/head lamp
Recommended Items to Bring:
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How to Get There:
Event Directions:Hopper Creek Group Camp (VA)
725 Hopper Creek Group Road
Natural Bridge Station VA 24579

Latitude : 37.56028
Longitude: -79.50889

From Interstate 81 N: Take exit 175 off Interstate 81 just south of Natural Bridge, Virginia. Go North on US Highway 11 towards Natural Bridge (left turn facing the Exxon station). In Natural Bridge follow Route 130 East at the intersection with US Highway 11 (right turn at the Natural Bridge attraction parking lot) Continue on Route 130 East for approximately 4 miles to Natural Bridge Station. Turn right onto State Route 759 and continue for approximately 3 miles to the intersection with Route 781 and Petites Gap Road. Continue ahead on Route 759, Hopper Creek road. The entrance for Hopper Creek Group Camp is approximately 1.6 miles ahead. Turn left into the recreation area entrance and through the main gate. From Interstate 81 S: Take exit 180 off Interstate 81 just north of Natural Bridge, Virginia. Continue South on US Highway 11 towards Natural Bridge. Once in Natural Bridge (facing the attraction parking lot) turn left onto Route 130 East at the intersection with US Highway 11. Continue on Route 130 East for approximately 4 miles to Natural Bridge Station. Turn right onto state Route 759 and continue for approximately 3 miles to the intersection with Route 781 and Petites Gap Road. Continue ahead of Route 759, Hopper Creek road. The entrance for Hopper Creek Group Camp is approximately 1.6 miles ahead. Turn left into the recreation area entrance and through the main gate. Phone park for more information: (540)291-2188
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):0Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 6:00 pm
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Notes:
Don't forget your water!
- Registration is NOT COMPLETE until you've signed up and paid by the registration cut off date. The money must be in the MOC's possession by that date. No exceptions.
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Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$12.50/Person
Non-Member Cost:$14.00/Person
Cost Includes:Three nights of camping and communal firewood.
Payment Cut Off:Payment must be received by the MOC on Mon, May 23 2011.
Make a Payment:Click here for the details. PLEASE PAY AFTER YOU HAVE SIGNED UP BELOW.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
Please review our Cancellation Policy carefully!
*Note: You can choose to arrive at any time during this event, however, there are no discounts offered for partial attendance. You can cancel up until May 24 for a full refund of your money. After May 24, there will be no refunds unless the event is canceled due to lack of interest or severe weather.