enjoying the great outdoors!

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 is an Illahee tradition. 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 is a special activity program 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, hiking along Illahee’s trails and streams, and playing games and making crafts in Illahee’s nature facility.

high ropes course

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.


Water, water everywhere! Campers learn basic canoeing strokes and then advance in their skills by playing games and practicing various techniques to safely and efficiently maneuver the canoes around our boating lake.


Campers entering 6th grade are eager to sign up for trips training, which includes climbing in camp. Girls entering 8th grade and up find 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.


Kayaking is also 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.