Visit with the Acorn Patrol, a small group of classic campers in a re-created campsite of the early 1900’s. At this time in history the Pisgah National Forest was in its infancy, and city folk were discovering the joys of outdoor recreation.
Here is a great article in Our State from 2018, about old style camping and our event at the Cradle.
Camping in the Old Style Details:
The Acorn Patrol demonstrates early methods of camping at the turn of the 20th century. Explore the gear of a by-gone day, four different styles of period canvas shelters, and traditional camp tools in use. Each camper has expertise in various aspects of woodcraft, history and nature study. They welcome any questions from visitors.
A founding father of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Kephart was also a pioneer for preserving classic camping techniques. He was an author of “Camping and Woodcraft” (1906) and “Our Southern Highlanders” (1913). At this event you will learn how Kephart’s low tech-high skill approach to enjoying the outdoors holds lessons for today’s modern campers.