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From an outdoor enthusiast's perspective, Furman's location is phenomenal.

For paddlers and fly fishers, these rivers are close:

  • The Green River near Saluda, NC is 45 minutes away and offers the best place to learn to paddle whitewater (or just rent an innertube and float!) in the area on its Lower section, a nice intermediate class 2-3 section on its Upper section, and a genuine world class, class 5 section called the Narrows which frequently appears in professional videos
  • The Reedy River near Simpsonville adjacent to the Greenville Tech Brashier campus offers a nice class 2 (3) run when it rains
  • Other whitewater rivers within a couple hours:
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For hikers:

  • The Green Narrows trailhead is just under an hour away from campus. Figure an hour walk in, an hour walk out, and an hour to take in the sights. This unique hike has one extremely steep section and ends in the middle of the Narrows section of the Green River. In places the banks are an exposed solid slab of granite. The large, steep, beautiful rapids are inches away and packed very tightly together. The river is dam controled and it is a wonderful hike if the river is on or off. Check the flows from the Tuxedo Hydro Station on the Green River Flows page or by phone at 800-829-5253. It takes about 2 hours for the water (or lack of water) from the hydro station to reach the top of the Narrows.
  • the Foothills Trail is within a couple hours
  • the Appalachian Trail (AT) is within a couple hours
  • Turtleback Falls is about 1.5 hours away. These directions from or these directions from Google MIGHT work.
  • Table Rock State Park is something like a 30 min drive from campus.
  • Jones Gap is even closer
  • and Paris Mountain State Park is the closest!
  • Tallulah Gorge State Park is a stunning gorge and only 2 hours from Furman. It was a popular honeymoon destination decades ago. It is now a dammed river and when it is not releasing water (it only releases about 15 days a year), you can hike through the gorge. There is a feature there called Sliding Rock by the locals, or Bridal Veil Falls by whitewater boaters when the water is flowing, which a a really fun place to play.

For ocean lovers:

  • 3.5 hours away is Folley Beach in Charleston, home of the best surfing in SC
  • Capers Island near Charleston, SC has a huge variety of creatures around - quite a few endangered species and unique habitats. And more than a few mosquitos during the summer!