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    Davidson Outdoors offers a variety of nature activities throughout the year including kayaking and canoeing, backpacking, rock and mountain climbing, and caving.

Davidson Outdoors Trips

Below is a sampling of typical trips and classes offered during the academic year. Current students can find a list of active trips on Inside Davidson with their student login.


Wilderness Leadership Skills Course
This is an eight-week course to prepare students to be trips leaders for Davidson Outdoors or other outdoor adventure businesses.

Mountain Biking
Learn the basics of safe single-track technique while enjoying a weekend of excellent mountain scenery.

Beginner Whitewater Kayaking
A great introduction to paddling, learn basic maneuvers and principles of rolling a kayak in the pool and at the lake campus, then test your new skills on some North Carolina whitewater. This is a complete course for first-time kayakers.

Fly Fishing
Experienced guides will teach you the ins and outs of this graceful and relaxing form of fishing. Casting instruction are included.

Rock Climbing
Take your climbing skills outside and learn the basics of tying in, finding a route, and belaying, or, if you've already mastered the basics, tackle more challenging routes, then head to the mountains for two days of top-roping.


Lake Jocassee Canoeing and Camping
Navigate South Carolina's Lake Jocassee in Davidson Outdoors' 25' clipper canoes. You'll have a chance to camp in the woods and see gorgeous waterfalls. Join us for an excellent way to kick off the spring.

Appalachian Backpacking
Join us for some backpacking in the western North Carolina mountains. Get out and see the night sky in the mountains with us.

Smoky Mountain Backpacking
Join us for a backpacking trip in the Smoky Mountains National Park. We will spend four days hiking and enjoying the amazing views and wonderful biodiversity.

LeConte Backpacking
Looking for spring green, robin-egg blue skies, and possibly a bit of the white stuff? Join us for some beautiful hiking for Easter Break. Four full days will give us time for an extended hike into the less traveled parts of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Road Cycling
Bicycling in the spring is super refreshing in North Carolina. Join us as we explore some quiet North Carolina back roads.

Outdoor-palooza Day Trip
Join us for a day at the U.S. National Whitewater Center for all kinds of outdoor pursuits close to campus.