Frog Hollow for the Summer
Summertime is precious. It is time you want to spend with loved ones, with new adventures and with the great outdoors. Chatham County is your gateway to nature, starting with Frog Hollow Outdoors. Since 1998, Frog Hollow has been connecting the community with its surroundings, leading adventure trips via kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards. It’s a summer camp, it’s a guided or self-guided trip, it’s a private expedition, it’s your summer. Book your one-way ticket to relaxation today!
If you look close enough, there is adventure in every day. If you want to spend more time adventuring and less time looking, sign your school-aged child up for camp with Frog Hollow, there are spots left!
The Whitewater Skills Week runs July 24 to 28 and is offered for ages 10 to 17. Campers who have not previously taken a whitewater kayaking course will need staff pre-approval to register. Camp is offered from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday through Wednesday. On Thursday, campers will arrive at 8 a.m. and spend the night for a 5 p.m. pickup on Friday. This week, campers will enhance their kayaking skills by learning river reading and navigation, working to develop a kayak roll and focusing on paddling technique. For the last two days, campers will camp near a class III river to experience all the surrounding nature has to offer!
No one age is too old for summer camp! Of the numerous overnight and expedition options, there is an offering for everyone. Be advised, all overnight expeditions must be scheduled at least six months in advance. The Cashie River Treehouse Overnight is arranged for private groups of six to 25 guests, spending two to four days exploring the narrow creeks and swamps, the historic town of Windsor and the treehouses onsite. In the spirit of glamping, all treehouses have electricity and bathrooms with hot water and showers. After you’ve recharged, spend the day paddling the Cashie River.
Maybe you’re looking to trek through the Appalachian Mountains. Frog Hollow’s Southern Appalachian Backpacking Overnights & Expeditions offer a multi-night expedition in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia or Tennessee. Backpack a variety of terrains and ecosystems, learning the ropes of campsite selection, outdoor cooking, natural history and outdoor education techniques along the way. Itineraries can be tailored to your group’s abilities!
From high country to the backcountry, take on the Roanoke Basin Expedition! As you are immersed in one of the largest continuous, undeveloped cypress/tupelo bottomland hardwood forests in the country, you will travel the side creeks, sloughs and channels all the way into the main branch of the Roanoke River. There are plenty of camping platforms overlooking the best views of the backcountry!
Before setting out on your overnight expedition, take a refresher or introductory course! Frog Hollow has a course for all levels, starting with the essentials of Kayak Basics, Intro to Whitewater Kayaking, Kids Kayak Class and Stand-Up Paddleboard Express Clinic. And when you’re ready to turn it up a notch, there’s Advancing Your Kayak Skills Clinic, Capsize Recovery & Open Water Rescue Clinic, River Running, Kayak Roll Clinics and Open Pool Sessions.
Once you are feeling more comfortable on the water, check out one of the self-guided trip options! Choose your canoe, solo kayak or stand-up paddleboard for a day on Jordan Lake, the Three Rivers or Weaver Creek. Trip lengths range from one to four hours or from four and a half hours to seven and a half hours. Your choice of boat, trip length and starting location, it’s all up to you!
Make the most of this summer by spending it outdoors!