welcome to Hante Mountains to sea

What better way to experience all that the Carolinas have to offer? On this adventure, participants will have the opportunity to backpack on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail in North Carolina, beginning with a section in the Great Smoky Mountains. Our group will spend time learning how to camp and travel with all of their essentials packed in a backpack, all while learning leadership skills within a supportive and adventurous community. After backpacking in the mountains, you’ll head to the coast to try your hand at sea kayaking and ecological exploration. You’ll have the opportunity to explore coastal islands by boat and foot, and perhaps find a shark’s tooth or two!

Mountains to Sea

June 26-July 15, 2022 (meets at Eagle’s Nest Camp)
For participants completing grades 7th through 11th grade in Spring 2022
Cost: $4,670

The Heart of Hante

Trips Goals and Highlights

  • Develop outdoor skills in backpacking, campcraft, navigation, backcountry cooking, sea kayaking, and more!
  • Backpack along the Mountains-to-Sea Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains and beyond
  • Summit Clingmans Dome, the highest point on the Appalachian Trail
  • Sea Kayak on the coast, spotting marine wildlife and exploring barrier islands
  • Develop lifelong connections with new friends and incredible places



Mountains to Sea Itinerary

June 26th : Group meets at Eagle’s Nest Camp. The afternoon will be spent getting to know each other and setting goals for the upcoming adventure.  

June 27th : On-campus food and gear pack-out and working on backcountry skills.  This day will be a busy one! Most of it will be spent on campus focusing on trip preparations with a brief foray into the forest planned for the group to learn and practice basic backcountry skills and begin its study of outdoor leadership.

June 28th – July 9th : Trekking the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. The journey begins! The trek will begin in the Great Smoky Mountains, challenging and awing the group as they make their way 80 miles eastward.  With a midway resupply planned, the group will work together to navigate mountainous terrain and reach inspiring summits. Evenings will be spent camping under the stars, preparing delicious food, debriefing the day’s adventures, and enjoying time together. 

July 10th : Rest and travel.  Participants will exit the forest with weary legs and full spirits for the next part of the journey. Clothes and gear for the coast will be brought to the group, after which they will embark on the drive to South Carolina—sure to be filled with excitement, as well as a few naps. The group will establish their coastal base camp when they arrive.

July 11th – 13th : Coastal exploration.  With nearly two weeks of backpacking under their belts, participants shift their focus from forest living to an immersion in coastal ecosystems. This includes two days of guided sea kayaking, during which the group will visit various barrier islands and search for wildlife. The third day will see the group exploring Francis Marion National Forest, where they’ll traverse wondrous canopies and wetlands and observe the differences from the western mountain forests.

July 14th : Group returns to Eagle’s Nest Camp.  After their long journey, participants return to a hero’s welcome on campus. They’ll celebrate their achievements with a special dinner and Closing Ceremony..  

July 15th : Participants depart and spread their leadership knowledge to the greater world.  


Hante Mountains to Sea Equipment List:

To apply for a Hante Adventure:

All Hante participants and their parents must complete a Questionnaire before being considered for acceptance. (*) Select Hantes have an application deadline of November 15th and are not eligible for the Early Bird Discount.  Rolling admittance pending availability after November 15th for (*)Hantes.




All Added Adventure, Hante Adventures, and Junior Counselor participants and their parents or guardians must complete all questionnaires before being considered for the program. Questionnaires are available with registration on CampDoc.   

Questions about your application or having trouble getting started? Please email us at register@enf.org or call us at 336-761-1040.