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Paladin Outdoor Program

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 region’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. Zip-lining through the forests. Rafting down river rapids. Whether you’re an avid outdoors-man 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 Orientation-Week activities.

Experience a new adventure by registering for one of our optional trips. The dates are Tuesday, August 17, 2021 – Friday. August 20, 2021

Register now

Please check below to make sure there is an opening on the trip you want to take. Payment is due in June.  Please make check payable to Furman University and mail to Owen McFadden, Campus Recreation

Students river rafting in Paladin Outdoor Program

Chattooga River rafting and Ziplining

Discover the Blue Ridge Mountains—200 feet from the ground. Take a 3 1/2-hour zipline tour on The Gorge for a breathtaking view of North Carolina's mountain scenery. The trip includes whitewater rafting on the challenging Chattooga River with class 3 and 4 rapids.

See the trip agenda

Charleston Sea Kayak Trip

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.

See the Sea Kayaking trip agenda
Students standing on a row of kayaks, holding onto each other's shoulders

Students river rafting in Paladin Outdoor Program

Nantahala River Rafting & Zipline Adventure

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

See the Rafting & Zipline trip agenda

Backpacking Trip

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.

See the Backpacking trip agenda
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For more information about these programs, contact Owen McFadden, Director of Campus Recreation at 864.294.2414 or owen.mcfadden@furman.edu.