Hiking at Emory & Henry

A great way to get off campus for a day or embark on the journey of a lifetime- our hiking program offers a wide range of options for students at Emory & Henry. Some activities we love are: day hikes, peak bagging, car camping, backpacking, long-distance backpacking, and everything in between. Our location puts us in range of some amazing hiking locations, many of which encompass the Appalachian Trail:

  • Grayson Highlands State Park
  • Mt. Rogers National Recreation Area
  • Roan Mountain State Park
  • Great Channels of Virginia
  • The Creeper Trail

Seasonally, we run other trips such as skiing, snowshoeing, biking, and more. We also host an annual Cold Dip. Follow us on social media to stay up to date on trips and join in on the fun.


Semester-A-Trail is the gem in the crown of hiking opportunities with Emory & Henry. The only program of its kind, students earn college credit while hiking the Appalachian Trail. See the webpage to learn more about this opportunity.

Looking for More?

Be sure to take a look at the Center for Outdoor Studies courses. The CFOS coursework takes hiking to the next level by taking an in depth look at concepts such as history and key figures, risk assessment and safety, Leave No Trace ethics, footwear, layering systems, backcountry cooking, navigation, logistics management, nutrition, and problem-solving

Students who complete the required CFOS courses are eligible to apply for our trip leader program. Get paid to work outside! Email us at cfos@emoryhenry.edu to learn more about this unique opportunity.