Activity Descriptions

Hiking

Devil's Marbleyard

Take a steep 4.5 mile hike to the Devil's Marbleyard, a natural 8-acre boulder field scaling the side of a mountain in the Jefferson National Forest. Explore and climb up three tiers of rocks and revel in the natural beauty and uniqueness of the area.

Hay Rock

Do you want the beauty of hiking McAfee Knob without the crowds? Visit one of Roanoke Valley's less populated trails. This moderate 8-mile hike gives stunning views that features a scenic overlook of Carvin's Cove and Roanoke Valley.

Flat Top Mountain

This 5-mile hike is worth the sweat for the beautiful summit views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This hike features large rock formations and flora that changes with each turn of the trail, including huge oak, poplar, hickory and beech trees, mountain laurel, rhododendron, and an assortment of wildflowers.

McAfee Knob

Take a long hike to the most photographed location on the Appalachian Trail! The top of McAfee's Knob rewards the hiker with a 270 degree view of the Roanoke Valley. This 8-mile out and back hike is one you can't miss. Intended for beginner to intermediate fitness levels as the hike is moderate.

Roaring Run

Embark on a relaxing hike along Roaring Run stream. This easy and rolling trail provides views of cascading waterfalls, a historic iron furnace, and wildlife.

Sawtooth                

Sawtooth Ridge Trail is a hidden gem in the Roanoke Valley. In this short and easy out-and-back ridge hike, you will arrive at two different overlooks and rock outcroppings with nice views of valley and mountains!

Backpacking

Beginner-Intermediate Backpacking

Join Outdoor Adventures in escaping the monotony of another weekend on campus. Learn invaluable backpacking strategies and skills such as water purification, backcountry nutrition, and risk management – all while experiencing the gorgeous landscape of the Blue Ridge Mountains. While this trip is beginner friendly, participants should expect to hike 5-7 miles per day. Trip price includes all meals, all permits and entry fees, equipment use, transportation, and instruction by our staff.

Paddle Sports

Claytor Lake

Claytor Lake is a 4500-acre, 21-mile long lake located in Southwest Virginia. Enjoy an afternoon paddling around the lake with other students in a beautiful mountain setting. All fitness level welcome, as our guides will provide you with the skills needed for a successful paddle! Outdoor Adventures will provide all equipment necessary.

Balcony Falls

Take on Class II-III rapids on the James River! Our guides will lead you through this 5-mile run. This trip is great for beginner to intermediate paddlers. Outdoor Adventures provides both whitewater kayaks and sit-on-top kayaks.

Mountain Biking

Carvins Cove

Carvins Cove Natural Reserve is the second-largest municipally owned park in the United States! The park contains over 45 miles of trails in the 12,463 acre property. Spend the day mountain biking in the crisp fall air with our experienced guides!

Climbing

Indoor Rock Climbing at River Rock Climbing Gym                

Head over to the River Rock Climbing Gym, perfect for beginner and advanced climbers alike! Take on differing levels of routes on their 15-foot boulder wall or head to 30-foot climbing wall to top-rope or lead-climb! Roanoke College Outdoor Adventures will provide climbing shoes and harnesses.

Rock Site Management

This trip is for those aspiring to conduct outdoor rock climbing trips. Learn how to manage safety concerns surrounding a rock climbing site, proper equipment use and care, setup of the site, effectively manage group members, and how to build climbing anchors. Prior climbing experience required.

Caving

Tawney's Cave

Learn fundamentals of cave access, ecology, equipment use, and potential dangers associated with caving. Climb, crawl, squeeze, and hike in the realms of Tawney’s Cave. Experience the wonder of wild caves where no other tour encounters!

Link's Cave

Learn fundamentals of cave access, ecology, equipment use, and potential dangers associated with caving. Climb, crawl, squeeze, and hike in the realms of Link’s Cave. Experience the wonder of wild caves where no other tour encounters!

Winter Sports

Snowshoe Skiing and Snowboarding

Shred some fresh powder with a day-trip to Snowshoe Mountain Resort in West Virginia! Snowshoe, with an elevation of 4848 feet at the summit, boasts three different ski areas on one mountain, with 251 acres of land and 57 different trails. This trip is great for all ability levels. Please see the Winter Sports Pricing Chart for more information. 

Winterplace Skiing and Snowboarding

Shred some fresh powder with a day-trip to Winterplace Ski Resort in West Virginia! Winterplace, with an elevation of 3600 feet at the summit has 28 different trails to run. This trip is great for beginner and intermediate ability levels looking to build or sharpen their skills. Please see the Winter Sports Pricing Chart for more information. 

Wintergreen Skiing and Snowboarding

Shred some fresh powder with a day-trip to Wintergreen Ski Resort in West Virginia! Wintergreen, with an elevation of 3515 feet at the summit, 26 different trails to run, and a vertical drop of more than 1000 feet. This trip is great for all ability levels. Please see the Winter Sports Pricing Chart for more information. 

Ice Skating at the Berglund Center

Enjoy this classic winter pastime with Outdoor Adventures. Feel free to also participate in the themed skates offered by the Berglund Center:

January 26: Superheroes Skate – Wear a superhero costume!

February 16: Pink Skate – Wear pink! Participate in raising awareness for breast cancer. Your skate rental funds ($2/person) will be donated to Susan G. Komen of Virginia’s Blue Ridge.

Spring Break Trip

Cumberland Island Eco-Exploration and Backpacking

February 29 - March 6, 2020
$150

Cumberland Island, GA. Explore Georgia’s largest and southernmost barrier island in this immersive spring break trip. Set up base camp within the 9,800 acres of designated Wilderness while exploring pristine maritime forests, undeveloped beaches, and wide marshes. Learn about the natives, missionaries, enslaved African Americans, and wealthy industrialists who all walked this beautiful island. On this trip you might see: wild horses, armadillos, wild hogs, sea turtles, alligators, and more. Rich in history, ecology, and things to do, this trip offers a chance to experience a destination that has it all. Trip price include all meals, equipment, entrance fees, ferry tickets, permitting, camping fees, transportation, and instruction. There will be a mandatory pre-trip meeting prior to the trip. For more information, please email Patricia Lynn at lynn@roanoke.edu.

Instructional Clinics

Backcountry Cooking

Learn how to cook meals in the backcountry that will make your friends think you’re a professional chef. We will teach participants recipes, nutritional needs dependent on activity, different types of stoves and fuel, and tips for creating a great menu for your next outdoor trip.

Bike Skills

Learn basic biking skills, tips, and tricks while also becoming more familiar with parts of the bike.

Outdoor Gear Care & Repair

Learn basic care procedures for outdoor gear as well as standard field repairs including, but not limited to tents, sleeping bags, and stoves.

Kayak Skills & Roll

Join us in the pool to learn different strokes for paddling a kayak and how to maneuver a kayak. For the roll portion of the clinic, learn how to flip a kayak upright after flipping upside down in the water. No prior kayaking experience required.

Everyday Knot Tying

This clinic's structure and content is based on needs of the participants. Learn useful knots that are practical for climbing as well as everyday use. Understand benefits and drawbacks of each type of knot learned.

Leave No Trace Ethics

Learn the set of principles that guide the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, a national organization that protects the outdoors by teaching and inspiring people to enjoy it responsibly. Leave No Trace offers relevant and accessible information for all people who spend time outside that can be implemented in every adventure.

Navigation & Orienteering

Learn basic navigation skills using a map and compass. Participants will become familiar with parts of the compass, how to read a topographic map, and how to shoot a bearing.

SUP Skills & Yoga

Join us in the pool to sharpen your stand-up paddleboard technique. Once confident on the craft, learn how to combine yoga sequences while balancing on the paddleboard.

Survival Skills

Learn various backcountry survival techniques including shelter building, fire building, basic navigation skills, and acquiring nutrition/hydration sources. Find out what everyday items could save your life on your next backcountry adventure when disaster strikes.

Special Events

River Rock Climbing Lock-In

From the River Rock website: "Ever dreamed of having the entire facility to yourself? No lines, no waits? Just full of friends? You can climb, watch movies, and play games." Food will be provided at this event. Cost to students is $15/person.

Sunset and Full Moon Hike

Enjoy a peaceful 1-2 mile hike to the Mill Mountain Star where we will watch the sun set and the full moon rise.

Escape Room: Escape the Blue Ridge

Ready for a challenge? Crack codes and mysterious puzzles within the 30-minute window to escape from the OA Center. Sign up with friends (or by yourself) for a spot in one of the time slots. Cost is $2/person  or $15/group for this nerve-racking blast of an experience.