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Women’s Backpacking Big South Fork

October 22, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - October 24, 2021 @ 1:00 pm UTC-5

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Women’s Backpacking Adventure in the Big South Fork National Recreation Area

Join us for this beginner/moderate empowering Women’s Backpacking Adventure in the beautiful The Big South Fork National Recreation Area in Oneida, Tennessee! We will begin the trip on Friday at 1pm EST and finish by Sunday 1pm. The entire weekend will be about 12 miles, there is about 700 ft. of elevation fall on Friday and 7oo ft. of elevation rise on the final day, Sunday. The terrain is all single track trail and rugged. Friday night we will backpack in to Charit Creek and be at a beautiful primitive site along the creek, about a 2 mile hike in. The next day we will hike along Charit Creek Trail, set up camp along the beautiful creek again, then day hike to breathtaking Slave Falls and incredible rock shelters, and caves along the trail. Sunday morning we will wake up and hike back up to see the Twin Arches and then to the trailhead.

This trip you will learn the basics of backpacking including how to filter water, read a map, cook in the backcountry, hang food, and have an amazing time in an absolutely beautiful part of the country. We hope you will join us for this awesome weekend we have planned!

Trip Itinerary:

Where: Big South Fork National Recreation Area – Oneida, TN

When: Oct. 22-24th

Cost: $275.00

Cost does not include: 

  • Transportation to and from starting location
  • Travel insurance
  • The gear listed below that is not *

Cost does include: 

  • Professionally trained women guides
  • Backcountry meals including: Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast lunch and dinner, Sunday breakfast
  • Gear if needed (limited quantities available) 62L Backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, 2 person shared Tent, camp stove, fuel
  • Commercial backcountry permits for The Big South Fork Recreation Area
  • An opportunity to learn from super rad outdoor women guides about backpacking in a small group setting with other like minded women!


Meet your guides:

Darlene Patterson and Blair Dietrick

Check out our team page!




If there is another lock down or code red situation we will reschedule the trip and a full refund or trip transfer will be available to you.

We will be reaching out to participants before the weekend and asking if you have been exposed to anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or has had COVID-19 related symptoms, or if you are experiencing or have in the past 14 days experienced COVID-19 related symptoms. If answering “yes” to any of these questions you will be asked to not join the weekend trip.

*If you have any questions regarding our procedures that are being taken to keep you safe and healthy please feel free to email me at danielle@dnkpresents.com


Gear list and recommended clothing:

Gear with a * is available and included in your cost on a first come first serve basis! Sign up early if you need this gear so we can accommodate your needs!


*Sleeping Bag

*Sleeping Pad

*2 – person shared Tent

*Camp stove fuel

*Camp stove, Jet Boil etc.

Hammock (if you do not have a tent)

Pan or pot for cooking


Extra batteries (for headlamp)

Matches or lighter

“Mess kit” i.e. plate, bowl, fork, spoon, knife

Instant coffee packets or tea if you like

Snacks/Extra food (standard fruit i.e., apples, oranges are NOT recommended because they are heavy and there is waste, trial mix, granola bars, etc. are better)

Extra clothes, layers (dry fit, wool or technical – cotton is NOT recommended because once it gets wet it stays wet)

2 filled water bottles (64 oz. total) or water or hydration bladder filled (2 liters at least)


Insect Repellent


Gators (for shoes – optional)

Trekking poles (optional)

Sunburn Preventative

Bathroom “kit”  large zip lock bag, or dark zip lock bag, wipes, hand sanitizer, trowels will be available

Baby wipes or face wipes

Zip lock bags for small items

Large Zip lock bags and/or plastic bags for carrying out your trash

Camp shoes (cheap pair of flip flops to wear when we get to the camp site area)

Hiking boots (highly recommended)

Extra socks

Rain Gear (jacket, poncho, rain pants)


Band-Aids’, other First Aide items you may need (DNK has First Aid Kit)

Personal items

*DNK Presents provides if you have requested on a first come first serve basis

We ask that you carry any medications you may need. Please notify us of any known allergies food or otherwise, medications or medical conditions your guides should be aware of. 


To learn more about The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, check out the link here: https://www.nps.gov/biso/index.htm


October 22, 2021 @ 1:00 pm UTC-5
October 24, 2021 @ 1:00 pm UTC-5
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Big South Fork
Big South Fork Recreation Area
Oneida, TN 37841 United States
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