Hiking, rock-climbing, kayaking, and canoeing are but a few of the adventure-related activities campers can enjoy at Camp Illahee. Overnights, cookouts, and trail hikes are a key part of the Illahee experience for all girls. The 7th grade hike on Black Balsam trail and the 8th grade raft trips are Illahee traditions. We also offer daily sign-up trips to waterfalls and scenic mountaintops. Off-campus trips allow our campers to explore the exceptional rivers, rocks, and hiking trails of western North Carolina.
Campcraft and Nature are special activity programs for girls eager to explore the great outdoors. Campcraft focuses on orienteering and goecaching, emergency first aid, fire-building, outdoor cooking, and the various skills needed to explore the wilderness safely. Nature activities include working with small animals, hikes along Illahee’s trails and streams, and playing games and making crafts in Illahee’s nature facility.
Campers of all ages hang out in a big way on our fun and challenging Beanstalk climbing tower. This famous Camp Illahee landmark, home to our ropes course, is the ideal training perch for gravity-defying girls. Campers entering 6th grade are eager to sign up for the trips training activity, which includes rock climbing and kayaking in camp. Girls entering 8th grade and up find the Trips Climbing a great way to put their climbing skills to the test. Three days a week they head out of camp to challenge such famous rock monoliths as Looking Glass Rock in Pisgah National Forest.
Water, water everywhere! Our girls learn how safely to maneuver canoes and kayaks on our boating lake. Kayaking is a big part of trips training. The Trips Kayaking activity for rising 8th grade and up campers gets the girls out of camp three days each week to make a splash in such famous rivers as the Tuckaseegee, French Broad, Nantahala and Pigeon.