Downtown Greenville's Reedy River in the middle of the day

Outdoor Activities

From the Blue Ridge Mountains in the upstate to the beaches along the coastline, South Carolina is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Want to explore it? Our campus is the perfect starting point.

At Furman, you’re a short distance from world-class rapids, biking and hiking trails and some of the best state parks in South Carolina. In fact, Paris Mountain State Park is practically in our backyard. You can take a trip there after an afternoon class and make it back to your residence hall in time for dinner.

On weekends, you have the option to join our outdoor club on a camping trip, or head down to the Carolina beaches, just a few hours away. Either way, there’s an adventure waiting for you.

Man appearing to fly fish

State Parks

Furman is a short drive from some of the nation’s best state parks. You’ll find a bit of everything. Hiking trails. Lakes. Mountains covered by forests. Rivers filled with bass and trout. Waterfalls. And of course, the sort of scenic views you’d expect to see on a postcard. No matter which park you choose, there’s no shortage of things to do.

Caesars Head

Named for the rock formation at the top of the mountain, Caesars Head is a great place to fish, hike or simply gaze over the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. One of the most popular trails in the park, Raven Cliff Falls trail, leads hikers to a suspension bridge with spectacular views of the falls.

Devils Fork

Don’t let the name deter you. Devils Fork is pure heaven for hikers, kayakers and fishermen. It offers the only public access point to Lake Jocassee, which offers fishing for brown trout, rainbow trout, white bass, small-mouth bass, large-mouth bass, bluegill and black crappie. The lake’s water is unusually clear, making it the perfect spot for scuba divers and snorkelers.

Jones Gap

If you’re interested in fishing, this is the park for you. The Middle Saluda, South Carolina’s first designated scenic river, runs through the park and offers some of the best trout fishing in the state. There’s even a hands-on ecology lab in the park. For hikers, trails connect to Caesars Head State Park and the 100-foot

Kings Mountain

Be sure to visit this park in November when a living history demonstration is held in the park’s replica of an 1800s farm. No matter what time of year, you can enjoy the park’s hiking and nature trails.

Paris Mountain

Less than five minutes from campus, Paris Mountain is a popular destination for our students. The park offers swimming, paddle boat rentals, biking, camping, fishing, bird watching, and more.

Table Rock

Got seven hours to kill? Hike to the top of Table Rock. At 3,124 feet, Table Rock offers views from one of the highest points in South Carolina. Don’t forget to bring your bathing suit. The park’s swimming area has a high-dive board and a sandy beach. It’s the perfect way to relax after your hike.

Water Sports

South Carolina is known for its bodies of water. That’s because our home state has something for everyone, from golden sand beaches to world-class rivers and lakes. When you’re a student here, it won’t be long before you’re invited on a fishing or whitewater rafting trip with one of your classmates.

Whitewater Rafting

One of the upstate’s ​unwritten rules is that you can’t leave without taking at least one whitewater rafting trip. Four rivers—the Chattooga, French Broad, Nantahala, and Pigeon—are less than two hours from Furman, making them great weekend trips for whitewater rafting.

Visit a Lake

Lake Hartwell is a mere hour from campus. It’s the perfect place to rent a boat and spend a day on the water. You can fish, sail, waterski, or simply catch some rays.

Paddle a River

For every whitewater rapid in South Carolina, there’s a lazy river where you can calmly paddle your way downstream. Rent a boat or kayak from a local marina, or check one out from the Furman University Outdoor Club.