Whether you are paddling for the first time or you are a class IV boater, the Emory & Henry Outdoor Program can bring you to the fulfilling experience that is available on the creeks and rivers of Central Appalachia.
The Program's staff is ACA trained, following the national standard for paddling and safety as defined by the American Canoe Association.
We'll outfit you with the best gear, and you will get to try our variety of rafts, canoes and kayaks. The campus pool is heated and provides an ideal clinical setting to build the skills needed for whitewater adventure.
In the E&H Outdoor Program, you’ll have the opportunity to challenge our beloved rapid the "Fist" on the nearby South Fork of the Holston and then, if you are ready, splash down the superb drops of the White Top Laurel. Regularly, the Program travels to experience some of the best water on the east coast, including the New River in West Virginia, the French Broad in North Carolina, and the Nolichuckey River in Tennessee.
In fall 2013 the outdoor program became one of the first programs in the country to purchase a fleet of Stand Up Paddle Boards(SUP). We have begun incorporating these boards into adventure classes and as a way to introduce people to water sports.
SUPs are fun on day one. We don’t care who you are, you will have the time of your life on our new SUPs. Suping is an incredibly inclusive water sport where students can enjoy the beautiful scenery in our areas, or choose to push their skills on class one rivers!