Buc Outdoor Center
The Buc Outdoor Center offers a full range of the “outdoors” experience. For those who want to immerse themselves in the great outdoors, there are hiking trails, hidden waterfalls, springs and gigantic rock outcroppings. With Jake’s Creek and Lake Pickens, canoeing, and fishing are readily available. Rock climbing and hiking to the Adirondacks are just a few of the adventures that await.
Located in a beautiful valley adjacent to the Chattahoochee National Forest, our facility has fantastic trails (ask for directions), fishing (catch and release), rock hounding on the Thompson River, Indian artifacts, a wide variety of trees and numerous wildflowers.
High and low ropes courses – check with the office for fees and availability.
Lake Pickens sports a newly constructed dock with a roped area for swimming – there is no lifeguard on duty; and all children under 16 must be supervised at all times.
Canoeing is allowed on Lake Pickens outside the swimming area. Check with the office for fees and availability of canoes.
Camp Fire Circle
Located beside the lake with its signature cross and bench seating, this area is available for worship services, camp fire activities including songs, games and simple outdoor cooking such as hot dogs and s’mores. Check with the office for available times and usage fees for firewood.
Nestled amongst old forest trees, this special place with bench seating is ideal for nightly vespers, quiet time or a lovely wedding with a wonderful view of God’s creation.
Over 300 acres provide a playscape for adults and youth, but our youngest adventurers also want to explore and climb. The adventure set and swings is a great way to let the youngest members of our families enjoy their time at Buc. Several years ago a financial gift enabled us to begin this play area (located by the camp store). But we view this as only a beginning and hope that other elements can be added, like sand, water, props, and natural objects to help children learn about Camp Buc’s natural environment.
Located between the Dining Hall and the Lodge. Open upon request – call 828-966-4715 or 828-553-7305.
If you would like to explore the beauty and attractions surrounding the Buc Outdoor Center, please check out our handy guide of local sites and attractions.
This area of North Carolina can have sudden weather changes. It would be wise to be prepared with rain gear and warmer clothing, even in the summer. The nights can get chilly.
Also, due to the rustic nature of the area, a loss of power is possible to occur. Flashlights or lanterns are a handy item to pack for “just in case” reasons.
Lastly, even in our very technical world of cell phones, some service providers do not get great reception here. Consider bringing two-way radios to communicate with your group should someone go hiking, or if you are separated unexpectedly. They are not only handy, but fun to use, too.
For more information on the Buc Outdoor Center, call 828-966-4715 or 828-553-7305.