Welcome to the Great Outdoors.

If you’re looking for outdoor adventure, you’ve come to the right place. Warren Wilson’s 1,100 acre campus is your playground, and it extends into the Blue Ridge mountains, where you can spend your weekends climbing, kayaking, canoeing, canyoneering and more.

Don’t Take Our Word For It.

Rankings don’t mean everything. But Warren Wilson has been recognized over and over for providing access to an impressive outdoor experience. Here are just a few:

Students doing fieldwork

An Outdoor Education 

Warren Wilson is proud to offer one of the few Outdoor Leadership (ODL) programs in the country. The program prepares you to use adventure and the outdoors for leadership development, education and personal growth.


No Limits

Interested in getting outside but don’t know where to begin? Looking for some adventure partners? Adventure Programs provides equipment to students at very affordable rates, and offers student-led trips to the campus community. No previous experience necessary!

My friends and I spent endless hours swimming in the Swannanoa river, picnicking nearby, and hiking the River Trail. Although my daily routine changed drastically from one year, or even one semester, to the next, and my social circles would expand and change, the river was a constant for me. It became a sanctuary of sorts when I needed to get away from the hustle and bustle, sit in silence by myself, think through a significant event or transition in my life, or find a rock where I could sit and play my guitar.

Mollie Donihe ’16, Social Work major