Emory & Henry has been named by Blue Ridge Outdoors as one of 15 colleges and universities in the Blue Ridge region that provides students with access to the best outdoor opportunities.
“Strong liberal arts academics and a hiking-centric culture close to the A.T. (Appalachian Trail) make E&H a backpacker’s dream school,” according to an article published by the popular outdoors magazine.
Emory & Henry was listed as an honorable mention, along with Berry College in Georgia, in the category of best hiking opportunities. Thirteen other schools were recognized in categories for outdoor activities that also included running, mountain biking, road cycling, climbing, and skiing and snowboarding.
“The adage ‘work hard and play hard’ could not be more appropriate for college years,” according to the article accompanying the listing. “Fortunately for us, the Blue Ridge is rife with exceptional educational institutions with world-class recreation at their doorstep.”
Emory & Henry is an innovator in outdoor leadership education. In addition to a strong outdoor leadership program that engages students in a wide variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain biking, kayaking and mountain climbing, Emory & Henry launched a course last year that allows students to earn credit while hiking the Appalachian Trail.
The Blue Ridge Mountain Range stretches from Georgia into Pennsylvania. In addition to Emory & Henry, Virginia schools included on the list are the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, James Madison University, Virginia Commonwealth University and Liberty University. In Tennessee, the University of Tennessee made the list.