Founded in 1836, Emory & Henry College is a selective nationally-ranked co-educational liberal arts college that emphasizes excellence in learning through community service. Located in the beautiful highlands of Southwest Virginia, the Emory & Henry central campus encompasses 168 pristine acres and is surrounded by additional undeveloped acreage and the village of Emory.
Opportunities for outdoor adventure abound in the region surrounding the College: mountains for cross-country skiing, tall cliffs for rappelling, and lots of limestone for vacing. Other options include backpacking on the Appalachian Trail, riding bikes of the Virginia Creeper Trail, and whitewater paddling, to name a few.
The Outdoor Adventure Program is available to the entire E&H community. The goal of the Adventure Program is to responsibly introduce the E&H students, faculty, and staff to the wonders of silent sports: hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, paddling, cross country skiing, and biking. Outdoor adventure builds confident, responsible, and thoughtful individuals.
The Outdoor Leadership Program is for students who want to develop advanced skills and certification. Participants choose a discipline in climbing, paddling, or long distance backpacking, and through a goal oriented process, gain the experience and competence to lead their own adventures.