welcome to Hante Trails

Hante Trails is a foundational trip that will teach you the skills necessary to live and travel in the outdoors under your own power. Spend the first 2 days of your trip base camping in Pisgah National Forest learning camping skills like backcountry cooking, tent and tarp set-up, and map reading. From here you will spend 2 days building and helping to maintain the trail systems that are integral to this area under the guidance of a local conservancy. After your service work, it will be time to load up your packs and take off for a 6-day backpacking trip through the area where you can appreciate the immense network of trails connecting this area, while honing the skills you’ve learned so far.  

This Hante will focus on skill building, service work and beginner-friendly backpacking (5-7 miles a day at most) all while living in a small intentional community.  In addition to learning backpacking skills, you will also be learning and exploring the ecology and geological history of these ancient mountains. We want you to walk away from this Hante with your own personal connection to the natural world.

Session 1 Hante Adventure


June 11-June 24, 2022 (meets at Eagle’s Nest Camp)
For participants completing grades 7th through 11th grade in Spring 2022
Cost: $3,550

On your Hante you will have the opportunity to travel simply through the beautiful forests of Western North Carolina, spending 2 weeks learning backpacking and camping skills in Pisgah National Forest and the surrounding areas. This small group adventure is perfect for teens that are excited about the outdoors and eager to learn camping skills.


Trips Goals and Highlights

  • Develop outdoor skills in backpacking, campcraft, navigation, backcountry cooking, and more
  • Learn Trail Maintenance 101 with a local trail conservancy
  • Backpack the rugged mountains of Pisgah National Forest, learning leadership skills to support each other through challenging terrain
  • Explore and learn about the biodiverse ecosystems of Western North Carolina
  • Develop lifelong connections with new friends and incredible places



Trails Itinerary

June 11th: Group arrives at Eagle’s Nest Camp.  The day will be spent packing food, gear, getting to know each other and setting goals for the upcoming adventure.

June 12th – 13th : Exploring and learning in our beautiful area.  These days will be spent camping in Pisgah National Forest.  During this time, instructors will teach the group all campcraft skills such as tarp set-up, water filtration, backcountry cooking, and food storage so they are well-prepared to contribute to the group while on the trail.

June 14th – 15th: Trail Work. Spend 2 days working with a local conservancy to help build and maintain the complex network of trails connecting people with the natural world. The group will camp near the trail worksite and continue to practice outdoor living skills.

June 16th: Packing and preparation for Trek. Travel back to Eagle’s Nest to experience in-depth the food, gear, and group travel logistics involved with an adventure of this magnitude!

June 17th – 22nd:  Backpacking Trek.  Hike through Pisgah or along the Appalachian Trail honing the skills practiced up until this point, along with focused instruction on map and compass navigation skills, outdoor leadership practice, and small community development.

June 23rd: Return to Camp. The group will celebrate each other and all of their accomplishments with a final meal and Closing Ceremony.

June 24th:  Your journey has been completed and it’s time to return home and share tales of your adventure with your families!

Hante Trails 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.