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Travel and Transportation

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Airplane Travel

As soon as your camper is registered for camp, you will want to start thinking about their transportation to and from Camp Highlander. Many of our campers travel by plane and we gladly offer a free shuttle service both to and from the Asheville airport. We do not offer pick-up/drop-off service to any other airports.

Please make sure your camper’s arrival flight is scheduled between 6 a.m. and noon on opening day. With checking in, meeting cabin mates and counselors, unpacking, eating lunch and heading off to activities, all of the fun begins as soon as they arrive … and we don’t want them to miss a single minute of it! On closing day, please schedule their departure flight within the same time frame (6 a.m. to noon) as we close down camp shortly thereafter.

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Shuttle Service

If you take advantage of our airport shuttle service, a Highlander representative will be waiting for your camper to get off the plane at the terminal gate (this is by permission of airport security and not guaranteed). If we are not at the terminal gate, we are at the security gate/baggage claim area. The Highlander representative will escort your camper and their luggage from the airport to camp. As soon as they arrive at camp, they will meet their counselors and fellow cabin mates and head straight up to their cabin to unpack!

If your camper is an unaccompanied minor, please designate the following person to take custody of your child at the airport:

Mac Bishop, 42 Dalton Road, Mills River, NC 28759. Phone: 828-891-7721.

Unaccompanied Minor Fees – for campers under the age of 15 who are flying alone:

  • American Airlines: $150 each way
  • Delta Airlines: $150 each way
  • United Airlines: $150 each way
  • *Allegiant Airlines: Allegiant does not accept unaccompanied minors under the age of 15. Passengers 15 years or older are considered an adult. Passengers younger than 15 years old must be accompanied by an adult who is ticketed on the same reservation.

Airplane riders must prearrange and prepay all unaccompanied minor and baggage fees before arrival and departure to camp.

Please fax copies of travel itineraries and fee receipts to our camp office for your camper three weeks prior to your child’s arrival. Our fax number is 828-891-1960.

Florida and Louisiana Bus

We are pleased to offer a chartered bus service from Boca Raton, Florida and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. These buses can also stop in St. Augustine (FL), Jackson (MS), and Atlanta (GA). The round-trip fee including luggage is $450 per camper ($350 for Atlanta). These chartered buses depart around 9:00 p.m. on Saturday night before the opening day of the session and travel through the night to arrive at camp around 10:30 a.m. on Sunday morning.

The buses depart for the trip home on the Thursday night before the end of each session between 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. and will arrive in Florida and Louisiana around noon on Friday, the closing day of the session. Fees for this chaperoned bus service include round-trip shipping of luggage to and from camp, one meal, and camp snacks. This service has limited availability and fills quickly, so we encourage our parents to sign up as soon as you register for camp.

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