A Top Adventure School - Emory & Henry College Outdoor Program

Learn to Hike, Paddle & Climb

Emory & Henry is nestled in an outdoor wonderland. Just miles away from gems such as The Appalachian and Iron Mountain trails, The Virginia Creeper Trail, The Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, The Jefferson and George Washington national forests, and the New, Holston, and Clinch rivers are all close by. Students have the opportunity to explore lush forests, ascend mountains, and paddle creaks just minutes from the Emory & Henry Colleges campus.

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Discover Outside & Inside

Our Outdoor Program currently has more than 80 members — few of which have actually had comprehensive outdoor experience. Most students come to us with a simple interest in doing something they’ve never done before, and it’s both our responsibility and our pleasure to provide that opportunity.

The Program is active year-round. Our trips include hiking for blueberries in Grayson Highland, rock climbing at Backbone Rock, kayaking on the South Fork of the Holston, Backpacking to the summit of Mt. Rogers, and many more trips that are within an hour of campus. Our staff and student leaders run the trips and are fully trained and equipped to provide the best possible outdoor experiences.

Leadership Opportunities

If you have attended trips via the Outdoor Program and want to excel in a particular adventure sport — be it hiking, rock climbing, or whitewater paddling — then the Leadership Education and Development Program (LEAD) is for you. Outdoor Program leaders are expected to continually improve backcountry skills and gain Wilderness First Aid, CPR, and area-specific certifications with institutions such as the ACA. Leaders for the program are also expected to help lead and plan the fall and spring break expeditions. Trip leader and assistant trip leader positions are available as campus employment. Email Jim Harrison if interested.