Paladin Outdoor Program Furman University

From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the breathtaking beaches along the coastline, the Carolina's are a playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Care for an introduction? Through our Paladin Outdoor Program, we offer new students the opportunity to experience our home state’s natural beauty—and a chance to meet your new classmates in a fun environment.

The adventure begins when participants are allowed to move into their new residence halls before their classmates. Then, the fun begins! Sea kayaking. Ziplining through the forests. Rafting down river rapids. Whether you’re an avid outdoorsman or new to the great outdoors, there’s something for you. The program ends in time for you to join other new students for move-in day and O-Week activities.

Experience a new adventure by registering for one of our optional trips.

Please check below to make sure there is an opening on the trip you want to take. Payment is due in June. Register now.

For more information about these programs, contact Owen McFadden, Director of Campus Recreation at 864.294.2414 or

Service Trip ($225.00 with 8 SPOTS REMAINING)

Get immersed in our community through a service project at Greenville's mission church to the homeless. Evening activities may include a Reedy River concert, a Greenville Drive baseball game or an exploration of Greenville's vibrant downtown area. Get a full schedule for the service trip.

Faculty members on the 2017 trip:  David Fink, Religion Department

Water Sports in Charleston ($545.00 with 12 SPOTS REMAINING)

Explore the coastline of one of the most historic towns in South Carolina. You'll get a chance to parasail, jet ski, and wakeboard in and around the Atlantic Ocean and Intercoastal Waterway. On the second day you'll sea kayak to Capers Island, one of Charleston's undeveloped barrier islands. Get a full schedule for the Charleston trip.

Faculty members on the 2017 trip:  Shane Herron, English Department and Casey Hawthorne, Mathematics Department 

Nantahala river rafting and Zipline course  ($475.00 with 35 SPOTS  REMAINING)

Discover the Blue Ridge Mountains—200 feet from the ground. Take a 3 1/2-hour zipline tour with Navitat Canopy Adventures for a breathtaking view of North Carolina's mountain scenery. The trip includes whitewater rafting on the Nantahala River. Get a full schedule for the Nantahala trip.

Faculty members on the 2017 trip: Brian Goess and Greg Springsteen, Chemistry Department

Backpacking ($215.00 with 7 SPOTS REMAINING)

Take a two-day backpacking adventure through Linville Gorge in the rugged Appalachian Mountains. See the natural beauty of the scenery, take in the wildlife, and get your walking legs under you before you begin your new adventure at Furman. Get a full schedule for the backpacking trip.

Faculty members on the 2017 trip: Faculty members on the 2017 trip: Bill Ranson, Karen Allen and Ruth Aronoff (Earth and Environmental Sciences)​

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