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Novice Backpacking Workshop for Adults w/Overnight Backpack-Stuart/Otter Creek

Date and Time

Friday, May 21, 2021 4:00PM - Monday, May 24, 2021 1:00PM


Stuart Recreation Area Bowdon WV,
West Virginia,


Registration is required for this activity.


This is a three night program for novices who want to build their hiking and camping skills and then go on an overnight backpack. It consists of pre program course content, camping in the relative safety of the Stuart Recreation Area Group Campground for two nights and then going on an overnight backpack in the Otter Creek Wilderness. The program is being held in the Monongahela National Forest in WV. Note that Stuart Group Campsite is a primative campsite with no drinking water or showers. There is no water in the bathroom which has a pit toilet. The day hiking portion of the program may include hikes with some elevation gain. The backpack portion of the program is a little over 3 miles of easy terrain. We will likely go for a day hike after setting up camp. No pets are allowed on this program. Participants will need to bring their own tents, sleeping bags appropriate for the season, pads, backpack and bear canister/Ursack. Your leaders will help advise you if you don't already have this gear. To ensure your safety and enable you to join us on this hike, you must register here on the AMC Activities Database web site, complete the liability waiver form, and have your registration confirmed by this activity's AMC Chapter Leader. You will be notified by email when you are confirmed as a participant. ANYONE NOT RECEIVING A REGISTRATION CONFIRMATION FROM THIS ACTIVITY'S LEADER WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO JOIN THE GROUP AT THE TRAILHEAD. AN RSVP ON MEETUP IS NOT CONSIDERED BEING REGISTERED FOR THIS ACTIVITY - THAT CAN ONLY BE ACCOMPLISHED HERE ON THE AMC ACTIVITY DATABASE WEB SITE. In the event that social distancing (6 feet) cannot be maintained during this activity, every participant must have a suitable medical or cloth mask made of two layers of fabric with them which covers their nose and mouth that they can use. Easy: Reasonable fitness for the expected activity is needed, but the trip is designed for those new to the activity. Expect to be active up to 4 hours/day. A bit more active time than the relaxed rating, but with generous breaks. CARPOOLING: Due to the inherent risk from the COVID 19 virus, carpooling is not recommended at this time. For more information prior to registering, please contact the leader.

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Related Link(s):

Stuart Recreation Area
Photo album of a previous trip to this backpack location
Otter Creek Information
Otter Creek map

Driving Directions

Click map for driving directions

Pinned location is not the exact site of the group campground.

Otter Creek Campsite



Offered By

N.Y. - North Jersey






Adults (18+)


I've been backpacking with the New York/New Jersey chapter for the past seven years, mostly in West Virginia and Central PA. Leading will give me the chance to revisit some of my favorite places and discover some new ones. I am looking forward to leading moderately-paced trips to interesting terrains off the beaten path.


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Long time backpacking leader for the Adirondack and Appalachian Mountain Clubs.