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Clemson Outdoor Recreation Education (CORE) announces Fall 2022 adventure trip opportunities


Clemson University Outdoor Recreation Education (CORE) has announced the addition of several adventure trips for students during the Fall 2022 semester. Over the course of the Fall semester, students can take advantage of hiking, backpacking, kayaking, rafting, mountain biking and similar opportunities. Additionally, limited space is available for a Fall Break backpacking trip in the Virginia highlands.

“CORE adventure trips have always been a unique part of what we offer in Campus Recreation,” said Robert Taylor, director of programs and assessment. “Our new space at Andy Quattlebaum Outdoor Education Center (Andy’s) has been well-received by students. It’s led to initial engagement with outdoor recreation, and we couldn’t be more excited to build on that through our trips this fall.”

“Our trips are a time for students to disconnect from technology and connect with one another while exploring beautiful places around the Carolinas,” added Taylor Williams, assistant director for outdoor recreation.

All CORE trips include any necessary outdoor equipment for the activity, as well as transportation from the Andy’s office to and from the trip location. Participants are asked to bring personal items, such as appropriate clothing and footwear. Detailed packing lists are provided prior to the start of each trip. Food is provided on overnight trips. Students interested in learning more information should call the CORE office at 864-656-0892 or email

Sept. 9: SUPs and S’Mores ($5)  The first scheduled CORE program for the Fall semester is at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9. Students can enjoy s’mores around the fire pit at Andy’s before stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) on Lake Hartwell.

Sept. 11: Hike and Swim at Turtleback Falls ($20) Located near Brevard, North Carolina, Turtleback Falls offers a beautiful setting for a fall hike and offers a chance to explore a new area, meet other students and spend time outdoors.

Sept. 18: Rafting on the Nantahala ($45) Cool off in the Nantahala River on a whitewater adventure down some smooth rapids with friends and fellow students.

Sept. 24: Ducks on the Tuck Kayaking ($30) Interested in trying your hand at whitewater paddling? The Tuckasegee River offers a great spot for paddlers of all skill levels.

Oct. 7-9: Intro to Backpacking ($65) Experience fall in the Carolinas by hiking a beginner trail with breathtaking views, while learning basic camping skills.

Oct. 15: DuPont Mountain Biking ($30) Enjoy mountain biking in DuPont State Recreational Forest in Cedar Mountain, North Carolina on well-maintained trails and incredible sights. Open to any and all skill levels.

Nov. 4-8: Grayson Highlands Backpacking ($185) Spend time over Clemson’s Fall Break backpacking in the highlands of Virginia. Registered participants must attend a mandatory pre-trip meeting at Andy’s on Monday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m.