What We’re About

You don’t have to wait for an adventure. Emory & Henry Outdoor Program is all about introducing you to the adventure sports and the wonders of the backcountry — no experience is required! 

Backpackers walk along the Appalachian TrailWant to go for a leisurely hike on the weekend? You can.

Ready to tackle kayaking? Join us in the heated pool every week. 

Emory & Henry Outdoor Program runs trips and clinics on a weekly basis that are designed to be inclusive, regardless of experience.

Weekly bouldering, climbing, and kayaking clinics introduce students to the concepts and skills of these adventure sports.

Weekend trips and expeditions are intended to be fun, meaningful excursions into the mountains and down the rivers of southern Appalachia. Trips include hiking for blueberries in the Grayson Highlands State Park, rock climbing at Hidden Valley, kayaking on the South Fork of the Holston River, backpacking on the Appalachian Trail, 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. Contact Jim Harrison if interested.