Your adventure will begin with a meet & greet at the Outdoor Pursuits’ Climbing Wall. During this time students will engage in climbing, group activities, as well as a pizza party! Students will also have the opportunity to stay in the BSU residence halls to get the full college experience. The following morning the group will hit the road and head to North Carolina where they will spend three nights camping in the Smoky Mountains, preparing meals around a campfire, and exploring the natural wonders of the Great Smoky National Park and its surrounding areas. Participants will have the option to either day hike a short portion of the Appalachian Trail to Charlies Bunion where participants will experience panoramic views of the North Carolina Smokies or visit Clingmans Dome, the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The week will conclude with an introductory whitewater rafting trip down one of America’s most popular whitewater runs on the Nantahala River.

  • An overnight on campus
  • Half day of rafting on the Nantahala River, North Carolina
  • Local hiking on the Appalachian Trail
  • Visit Smoky Mountain National Park

To participate in this adventure, complete the online registration form below . You will receive additional information once your registration and payment have been received. Direct questions to the Office of Outdoor Pursuits at 765-285-1164.

Program Dates:  Monday, July 23 - Friday, July 27, 2018

Program Fee (includes travel, activities, meals on site, and camping):  $275.00

Maximum Participation:  Limited to 20 students

Registration:  Registration for this program will open on May 14, 2018

Registration Deadline:  June 22, 2018


Day 1 - Monday, July 23, 2018
Arrive on campus at 5:00 p.m. Pizza dinner, introductions and climbing wall until 7:00 p.m.
Check-in at Residence Hall for overnight stay. Programmed free time in evening.

Day 2 - Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Drive to North Carolina, arriving by 6:00 p.m. Setup campsite after check-in.

Day 3 - Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Hiking to Charlies Bunion on Appalachian Train in Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
Optional visit to Clingman's Dome (highest point on Appalachian Trail).

Day 4 - Thursday, July 26, 2018
Whitewater Rafting on Nantahala River in the morning.
Group games, cookout, shopping in afternoon.

Day 5 - Friday, July 27, 2018
Drive back to Ball State, arriving by approximately 6:00 p.m.