Paladin Outdoor Program Furman University

From the Blue Ridge Mountains in the upstate to the breathtaking beaches along the coastline, South Carolina is 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.

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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 owen.mcfadden@furman.edu.

Service trip (10 spots available)

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 trip: Dr. Meghan Slining, Health Sciences Department and Dr. Min-Ken Liao, Biology Department

Water Sports in Charleston (24 spots available)

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 trip: Dr. Aaron Simmons, Philosophy Department and Dr. Tim Wardle, Religion Department

Nantahala river rafting and Zipline course (20 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 trip: Dr. Brian Goess, Chemistry Department and Dr. Greg Springsteen, Chemistry Department

Chattooga river rafting and Zipline course (20 spots remaining)

Looking for an even greater challenge? Experience the whitewater rapids of the Chattooga River. This trip also includes a 3 1/2-hour zipline tour with Navitat Canopy Adventures for a breathtaking view of North Carolina's mountain scenery. Get a full schedule for the Chattooga trip.

Faculty member on the trip: TBD

Backpacking (12 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 trip: Dr. Bill Ranson, Earth and Environmental Sciences Department and Dr. Suresh Muthukrishnan, Earth and Environmental Sciences Department.

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