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Directions to SOAR Balsam Base Camp

Due to limited parking, we discourage families from driving motor homes, boats, or long trailers into Balsam Base Camp. Be advised the road up to the Balsam Base is a narrow gravel road. Please be sure to drive slowly and look out for oncoming traffic.

FROM ASHEVILLE (approximately one hour from Asheville)

Take I-40 West. Take Exit #27 (Highway 19/23/74)
Following Route 23/74 you pass:

Waynesville
Hazelwood
West Waynesville (approx. 5 miles to Blue Ridge Pkwy)
Rest Area on Left
Blue Ridge Parkway Entrance on Right

Directly after the Blue Ridge Parkway Overpass, you turn right onto Rosemount Road. There is a SOAR sign as well. Follow Rosemount Road approximately 2 miles (the first mile is paved, the second is gravel). The gravel section begins with a sharp right turn at Rosemount Cottages. At every fork in the gravel road, go right. The road dead-ends at SOAR's Balsam Base.

FROM ASHEVILLE AIRPORT (approximately one hour from Asheville)

Exit left out of Asheville airport
Continue straight
Make a left onto I-26 West
Veer to the left onto I-40 West Canton/Knoxville Exit when Interstate splits

Take Exit #27 (Highway 19/23/74)
Following Route 23/74 you pass:

Waynesville
Hazelwood
West Waynesville (approx. 5 miles to Blue Ridge Pkwy)
Rest Area on Left
Blue Ridge Parkway Entrance on Right

Directly after the Blue Ridge Parkway Overpass, you turn right onto Rosemount Road. There is a SOAR sign as well. Follow Rosemount Road approximately 2 miles (the first mile is paved, the second is gravel). The gravel section begins with a sharp right turn at Rosemount Cottages. At every fork in the gravel road, go right. The road dead-ends at SOAR's Balsam Base.

FROM POINTS WEST: (approximately two hours from Knoxville)

Take I-40 East. Exit #27 (Routes 19/23/74 to Waynesville)
Following Routes 23/74 you pass:

Waynesville
Hazelwood
West Waynesville (approx. 5 miles to Blue Ridge Pkwy)
Rest Area on Left
Blue Ridge Parkway Entrance

Directly after the Blue Ridge Parkway Overpass, you turn right onto Rosemount Road. There is a SOAR sign as well. Follow Rosemount Road approximately 2 miles (the first mile is paved, the second is gravel). The gravel section begins with a sharp right turn at Rosemount Cottages. At every fork in the gravel road, go right. The road dead-ends at SOAR's Balsam Base.


FROM ATLANTA: (approximately three hours from Atlanta)

Proceed north on I-85 to I-985. Continue north past Gainesville to the Clarksville area. I-985 merges with Highway 441. Stay on 441 through Clayton and Dillard. Just south of Franklin, NC take the 441 by-pass which directs you around the Franklin area. Continue on 441 through Dillsboro to NC Highway 23/74. Proceed East on 23/74 about nine miles to Balsam.

Just before crossing under the Blue Ridge Parkway, turn left onto Rosemount Road. Follow Rosemount Road approximately 2 miles (the first mile is paved, the second is gravel). The gravel section begins with a sharp right turn at Rosemount Cottages. At every fork in the gravel road, go right. The road dead-ends at SOAR's Balsam Base.

CAUTION: FOR YOUR SAFETY YOU WILL WANT TO OBSERVE THE 15 MPH SPEED LIMIT ON THE GRAVEL SECTION OF ROSEMOUNT ROAD

 

Directions to Eagle View Ranch

Dubois, Wyoming

From Jackson Hole / Jackson Hole Airport (from the West)

Take 287 / 26 north out of Jackson or turn left out of the airport. The airport is about 10 miles north of Jackson. Proceed 20 miles to Moran Junction. At Moran Junction you will proceed straight ahead on Hwy. 287 / 26 toward Dubois (the road to Yellowstone turns off to the left). It is about 53 miles between Moran Junction and Dubois.

You will cross Togwotee Pass and then begin descending toward Dubois. About 10 miles east of Togwotee, you will pass the Tie Hack Memorial (right side of road). Dunoir Station and the road to Union Pass are next along your route (also on rightside of road). About 3 miles past the Union Pass road cut-off, the road to Stoney Point will turn off to the right. This is just past mile marker 49.

Turn right on that road and proceed about 1⁄2 mile to a T-intersection. Turn right onto Uphill Road at the T-intersection (stay on this main road, drive uphill). Proceed about 1.5 miles up Uphill Road to a left hand fork. Bear left and drive another 1⁄2 mile to the Eagle View Ranch entrance. The Eagle View Ranch gate is on the right hand side of the road just past the entrance to our lower base camp (Eagle View arena on the right). Drive through the gate and proceed up the drive to our upper base camp.


From Riverton / Riverton Airport (from the East)

Exit the Riverton airport, turn right on Hwy 26 and travel 75 miles to Dubois. You will pass through Kinnear and Crowheart enroute to Dubois. Drive through Dubois and pass the Exxon Station on the west end of town (this is actually the second Exxon you will pass). From this landmark, drive four miles to the road to Stoney Point and turn left. The Stoney Point entrance is the second left-hand turn-off past mile marker 49.

Proceed about 1⁄2 mile to a T-intersection. Turn right onto Uphill Road at the T-intersection (stay on this main road, drive uphill). Proceed about 1.5 miles up Uphill Road to a left hand fork. Bear left and drive another 1⁄2 mile to the Eagle View Ranch entrance. The Eagle View Ranch gate is on the right hand side of the road just past the entrance to our lower base camp (Eagle View arena on the right). Drive through the gate and proceed up the drive to our upper base camp.

From Salt Lake City (from the Southwest)

Exit Salt Lake City on I-80 East through Evanston and Green River to Exit 104 in Rock Springs. Exit right and turn right on Hwy 191 to Farson. Turn right on Hwy 28 to Lander. Hwy 28 joins with Hwy 287 just south of Lander. Continue on Hwy 287 through Lander to the intersection with Hwy 26. Turn left on Hwy 26 / 287 and proceed to Dubois. You will pass through Crowheart enroute to Dubois.

Drive through Dubois and pass the Exxon Station on the west end of town (this is actually the second Exxon you will pass). From this landmark, drive four miles to the road to Stoney Point and turn left. The Stoney Point entrance is the second left-hand turn-off past mile marker 49.

Proceed about 1⁄2 mile to a T-intersection. Turn right onto Uphill Road at the T-intersection (stay on this main road, drive uphill). Proceed about 1.5 miles up Uphill Road to a left hand fork. Bear left and drive another 1⁄2 mile to the Eagle View Ranch entrance. The Eagle View Ranch gate is on the right hand side of the road just past the entrance to our lower base camp (Eagle View arena on the right). Drive through the gate and proceed up the drive to our upper base camp.

From Denver (from the Southeast)

Proceed north out of Denver on I-25 to I-80 West just south of Cheyenne. Exit onto I-80 West and proceed to Exit 215 in Rawlings. Turn right onto Hwy 287 Bypass until it joins Hwy 287 and proceed to Lander. Continue on Hwy 287 through Lander to the intersection with Hwy 26. Turn left on Hwy 26 / 287 and proceed to Dubois. You will pass through Crowheart enroute to Dubois.

Drive through Dubois and pass the Exxon Station on the west end of town (this is actually the second Exxon you will pass). From this landmark, drive four miles to the road to Stoney Point and turn left. The Stoney Point entrance is the second left-hand turn-off past mile marker 49.

Proceed about 1⁄2 mile to a T-intersection. Turn right onto Uphill Road at the T-intersection (stay on this main road, drive uphill). Proceed about 1.5 miles up Uphill Road to a left hand fork. Bear left and drive another 1⁄2 mile to the Eagle View Ranch entrance. The Eagle View Ranch gate is on the right hand side of the road just past the entrance to our lower base camp (Eagle View arena on the right). Drive through the gate and proceed up the drive to our upper base camp.


 

 

 

 


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SOAR
NC Base Camp (828) 456-3435
P.O. Box 388, Balsam, NC 28707
admissions@soarnc.org

Philosophy: SOAR believes all individuals identified with learning disabilities (LD) and attention deficit disorder (AD/HD) possess inherent talents and gifts. These abilities can mean incredible success in adulthood once these students negotiate the challenging obstacles of childhood, adolescence, and a traditional education system, usually unable to respond to individual learning styles.

Therefore, the SOAR model is based on two fundamental principles. First, youth with LD and AD/HD flourish when they are encouraged to focus on their strengths in an experiential setting. The second principle acknowledges that success can be generalized by encouraging our students to develop and utilize strategies, enabling them to compensate for those challenging characteristics of LD and AD/HD. To this end, SOAR staff strive to ensure success for each student across a wide range of experiences. Such success, in turn, builds essential self-esteem and self-confidence.

Based on these two foundations, SOAR participants develop problem solving skills, effective communication strategies, increased self-awareness, and social skills. Program activities include a broad base of wilderness adventure experiences that empower students to make healthy choices, learn more about themselves, overcome challenges, and establish relevance from these experiences to other aspects of their life.

SOAR's Specialty Courses are open to SOAR alumni and students with the maturity and experience level to be successful on the course. Acceptance is conditional on the approval of the course director. Most specialty courses are led by one of SOAR's year-round staff including Richard Peters, John Willson and Joe Geier.

SOAR’s programs are designed to allow students the opportunity to increase their independence while away from home. Independence is gained through self-motivation and life skills instruction. With this in mind, we involve our students in many decision making processes, such as setting individual goals, developing group guidelines, as well as trip and meal planning. This also comes into consideration when developing SOAR’s communication policy, detailed in our Parent Handbook.

SOAR is dedicated to serving the needs of individuals with learning disabilities (LD) and attention deficit disorder (AD/HD) and is proud to be the finest:

LD Summer Camp and ADD / ADHD Adventure Summer Camp