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Beginner Backpacking: Mousetail Landing
Mousetail Landing State Park
Saturday, Feb 24, 2018 9:00 AM - Sunday, Feb 25, 2018 3:00 PM
Join Team Green Adventures on an 10-mile out-and-back Beginner Backpacking trip through the Virgin Falls State Natural Area.

Cost: FREE event for Team Green members!
This event is limited to 14 participants
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Join Team Lightning on this beginner-friendly backpacking trip to Eagle Point Bluff, overlooking the Tennessee River, at Mousetail Landing State Park. This is a great introduction to backpacking for hikers who would like to add the challenge of carrying overnight gear on the trail with potentially freezing overnight temperatures with short hike distances to a shelter with a wood burning stove.

When: Saturday- Sunday, Feb 24th - 25th (carpool at 9:00am, trailhead at 11:00am)
Where: Mousetail Landing State Park
Linden, TN
(official location will be sent upon registration)
Cost: FREE event

Trip Leader: Carl Hoagey & Michelle Guess

Difficulty:  Beginner Backpacking. Participants should own or rent their own gear. The trip has several hike options from 2.5, 6 and 8.4 roundtrip miles. We should be able to offer at least two options depending group interests.  New backpackers to cold weather without winter gear will have precedence to one of the 8 bunks in the shelter – ask trip leaders early for spot.. All campers must carry in at least 3 liters of water as water sources are limited.
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, Feb 21st at 3pm (e-mail TeamLightning@Lightning100.com for waitlist)
Group Size Limit: 15 participants
Parking: Information will be provided in the confirmation email upon registration


Children Policy: This trip is for ages 18 and up. Young adults ages 15 and older with prior backpacking experience are welcome after prior consultation with the trip leader. Please email your trip leader before registering a participant under the age of 18.
Dog Policy: Friendly dogs with prior overnight camping experience with strangers welcome!
Weather Policy: This is a snow or shine event. This event will continue even with predictions of rain, depending on the overnight temperatures.
Refund Policy: If you need to cancel your spot, please email TeamLightning@Lightning100.com so it can be opened up for another participant.


Estimated Drive Time One Way: 2 hours
Hike Distance: About 1.2 or 2.7 or 5.8 mile on day 1.  1.2 or 2.7 on day 2
Please keep in mind that trail conditions, weather, and group ability may cause compromise of the trip itinerary. Please be considerate of necessary changes during the trip should these instances occur.

8:00AM Optional breakfast at Cracker Barrel 6941 Charlotte Pike Nashville
9:00AM  Arrive at carpool site to arrange carpools.
9:00 AM: Leave Nashville (directions available upon registration)
11:00 AM  Arrive at trailhead and begin hike options to shelter #2
Optional day hikes / explore area from shelter during afternoon.
Set camp, campfire, dinner, sleep.
Wake up, take down camp, breakfast
Return to cars
Option to tour remainder of park
Option to have lunch together on road trip back to Nashville
Arrive in Nashville around 2pm.
Please check out the Backpacking Checklist available on the Resources Page.
Team Green practices Leave No Trace guidelines. Follow this link to see what you can do to keep our trails clean and safe.


Beginner Backpack: You have prior experience with day hiking more than 8 miles continuously on moderate terrain (Warner Parks, etc), but may have never backpacked before. You would like the added challenge of carrying more weight and camping overnight on the trail. These trips include shorter distances (6-8 miles per day) but moderate to strenuous terrain. You must attend a backpacking clinic.

Intermediate Backpack: You have prior experience with backpacking 5-8 miles per day, know your abilities, have adequate equipment, and would like the added challenge of a longer backpacking trip. These trips include moderate distances (7-10 miles per day) on mostly strenuous terrain. These are often one or two night backpacking trips. It is recommended that you attend a refresher backpacking clinic.

Expert Backpack: You have prior experience with backpacking 11 miles or more per day in unpleasant conditions (snow, rain, ice, wind), know your abilities, have adequate equipment, and would like the added challenge of a longer, more strenuous backpacking trip. These trips include long distances (11-14+ miles per day) on strenuous terrain (Appalachian Mountains, etc). These trips may last for three or more nights.


Registration for this event is required. If you have any questions please e-mail us at TeamLightning@Lightning100.com.