Camping at Lower Camp

Back Packing

Activity – Moderate/Strenuous

Experience “Wild and Wonderful” West Virginia on a backpacking trip that will leave you in awe of the landscape. This Experience Adventure includes:

  • An experienced guide, who will not let you miss out on points of interest along the way.
  • Choose a one-day or multi-day hike on any of our popular hiking routes.
  • Learn about our native environment, including wildlife, rocks and terrain, fauna and flora.
  • Learn basic skills needed for wilderness survival, including cooking, water filtration, building fires, shelters, and more. 
  • Optional Purchase: Food
  • Optional Rental: Sleeping bags, tents, backpacks and cooking gear

What to Expect:

  • Your group will meet at the OEC, where we check to ensure that everyone has the proper gear and weight load for the journey.
  • Your guide will lead a discussion and demonstration of how to properly pack your backpack and protect your health during your trip.
  • Depending on the route chosen, you will either begin hiking from the OEC site or shuttle to a nearby trail head.
  • Your guide will lead the group in taking breaks and encouraging everyone to drink plenty of water to ensure comfort and safety.
  • We will work together to prepare meals, filter water, and prepare camps for overnight hikes.
  • When we reach our destination, you will be shuttled back to the OEC.

All participants must be able to carry 20 + lbs. over an extended period of time. All participants must be 10 or more years of age.  Group sizes will depend on the route of interest.

“The OEC is an excellent place for fun and also for learning. A recreative center and the place where you can actually learn about team building!” 

- Carlos Rosario School Participant