Backpacking Essentials
Troop 1776    Marietta, GA

The web site will be updated with additional guides, links, trail packages and other items. Check back often for updates.

Welcome to the Backpacking Essentials information portal. The portal was created to share our knowledge, experiences and basic information about backpacking. As Leaders, providing the Scout the opportunity to experience the backcountry helps create those exciting and lasting memories of his Scouting career.

Included is a template to help develop your own trip plans and a checklist of information needed. We've linked some of our current trail listings and favorite resources below. The AT abbreviation stands for the Appalachian Trail which has its southern terminus here in Georgia.

Trips less then 15 Miles

Trips more then 15 Miles

Pine Mountain - Long Leaf Loop

Pine Mt. - double loop (trip to Fish Hatchery site)

Pine Mountain - Big Popular Loop

AT - Hogpen Gap to Rocky Mountain

AT -Springer Mountain to Hightower Gap

AT - Amicalola Falls to Hightower Gap

Cohutta Wilderness - Beech Bottom Trail

AT - Cooper Gap to Woody Gap

AT - Neels Gap to Hogpen Gap

Bartram - Hale Ridge to Warwoman Dell

AT - Hogpen to Brasstown Bald

AT - Woody Gap to Blood Mountain



Trips more then 30 Miles

Trips more then 50 Miles

Bartram Trail

AT - Dicks Creek Gap to Low Gap

Jacks River Trail

Georgia Loop Trail



Other Trips


Cohutta Wilderness Trail

Appalachian Trail - Georgia

Trails of Chattahoochee-Oconee trail

Betty Gap Loop Trail

PPT of Many Trails

Pine Mountain Trails

U.S. Geological Survey - Quadrangle Maps see below for a brief collection

Trail Groups


Bartram Trail Conference

Equipment Vendors

Georgia Appalachian Trail Club


Pine Mountain Trail Association


Georgia Trails - an excellent trail database

Coleman - Scout Program

Foothills Trail - South Carolina

Sierra Trading Post

Appalachian Trail Conservancy

ScoutDirect - Alps Mountaineering


Etowah Outfitters - Ultralight Backpacking Gear

Land Management

Mountain Crossings @ Walasi-Yi - Neels Gap

US Forest Service - Georgia


Georgia State Parks


South Carolina State Parks

Trip Permission Form - example


Red Cross First Aid Report Form


BSA Accident and Sickness Claim Form

Its in the Bag

BSA Wilderness Use Policy

Philmont Cookbook

BSA National Activity Consent Form


BSA Local Tour Permit

Gear and Clothing

BSA National Tour Permit

Backpacking Gear List

BSA Guide to Safe Scouting

Backpacking Quick List Personal Items

BSA Medical Class 1 and 2 Form

Layering for Cold Weather Activities

BSA Medical Class 3 Form

Survival Kit - Large

BSA Leave No Trace Achievement Award

Survival Kit - Small

BSA 50 Mile Award Program


BSA Request for Religious Exemption - Youth

Land Management Notices

BSA Request for Religious Exemption - Adult

Land Use for Cohutta Wilderness

BSA Camping Merit Badge

Cohutta Wilderness LAC Implementation

BSA Backpacking Merit Badge





Exploring the Appalachian Trail - Georgia North Carolina Tennessee

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail



Quadrangle Maps



Hemp Top

Jacks Gap

Mulky Gap

Neels Gap



Pine Mountain

Rabun Bald

Rainy Mountain




Tray Mountain

Warm Springs