Activity Descriptions


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. On our way back down, we will stop at a natural rock waterslide and water pool to cool down.

Devil's Marbleyard

Take a steep one-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.

Family Weekend Hikes-McAfee Knob

Take a long hike to the most photographed location on the Appalachian Trail! The top of McAfee 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. Time of departure at 8:30am.

Sharp Top Mountain

Sharptop Mountain, one of the Peaks of Otter, is a must-do hike on the Blue Ridge Parkway. With a great effort-to-reward ratio, this hike rewards the hiker with incredible unparalleled 360-degree views at the top.


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!

Catawba Challenge - McAfee Knob & Tinker Cliffs                

1 day. 20 miles. Are you up for the challenge? Summit two of the best peaks and views in the Roanoke area: Tinker Cliffs and McAfee Knob! Trip intended for intermediate to advanced participants.

Apple Orchard Falls                

Take a hike to Apple Orchard Falls in the Jefferson National Forest. A stream is always in sight along this hike that culminates in the outstanding 200-foot Apple Orchard Falls! 

Dragon's Tooth

Dragon's Tooth is another popular Appalachian Trail hiking destination. Walk up the mountain, climb over rocks and boulders, and arrive at the peak to find the rock formation formally known as the Dragon's Tooth. Climb up the tooth to get an awesome view of the valley! All fitness levels welcome.

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.


The Cascades Recreational Area is located just outside of Blacksburg, VA and is home to a beautiful 66-foot cascading waterfall! Enjoy a rolling hike past the active Little Stony Creek and observe the beautiful scenery, and maybe even take a plunge in the natural swimming hole underneath the falls!

Kayaking and Whitewater Rafting

Claytor Lake

Claytor Lake is a 4500-acre, 21-mile long lake located in Southwest Virginia. Enjoy an afternoon kayaking 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 both whitewater kayaks and sit-on-top kayaks for participants.

Little Niagara

Take on this Class II float just minutes from downtown Roanoke on the Roanoke River! Our guides will lead you through this 4-mile run which begins at the put-in just in front of Niagara Dam on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Outdoor Adventures provides both whitewater kayaks and sit-on-top kayaks.

Whitewater Rafting on the Gauley River

Join our guides for a whitewater rafting excursion on the Gauley River in West Virginia! Students are encouraged to join the all-day trip along class III, IV, and V rapids in the wild and wonderful state. ACE Adventure will provide trained and experienced whitewater guides as well as a hot-grilled lunch by riverside. Cost to student is $50.

Hang Gliding 

Take a weekend trip down to the largest hang gliding school in the world at Kitty Hawk Kites in the Outer Banks, NC! All experience levels are welcome, as hang gliding lessons will be provided. Lessons will be followed by hang gliding flights off the dunes at Jockey's Ridge State Park! This is a full weekend trip that will include two nights of camping in the Kitty Hawk Maritime Forest, as well as a kayaking trip. 

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!

Pandapas Pond

Pandapas Pond is a trail system and day use area located just outside of Blacksburg, VA. Spend the day biking up and down the trails on Brushy Mountain. Enjoy the rolling terrain of the Poverty Creek Trail, or test your limits on the switchbacks of Snake. Whichever trail you choose, you are bound to enjoy your day at Pandapas Pond! Outdoor Adventures will provide mountain bikes, but you are welcome to bring your own!


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.

Rappelling and Bouldering at ACE Adventure

Take a trip to West Virginia for a half-day adventure of climbing and rappelling! ACE Adventure will provide certified climbing guides as well as climbing gear to make your experience successful. Moderate fitness level is necessary as climbing is a physically demanding sport. 

Winter Sports

Skiing and Snowboarding at Snowshoe 

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. $40 will cover lift ticket and transportation. Participants may bring their own gear or rent at the resort. 

Certification Courses

Wilderness First Aid Course

Are you interested in becoming certified in Wilderness First Aid? This two-day course meets the needs of trip leaders, camp staff, and outdoor enthusiasts alike. A WFA certification prepares you for the unexpected, allowing you to care for people when you are far from definitive medical care. The fast-paced format takes place in the classroom and outdoors, so come prepared for all weather conditions. Cost is $140/student, $170/staff, $200/public. Class will occur in the Colket Center.