Ferrum Outdoors

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We are the outdoors connection for students, faculty and staff plus an on campus guiding service, equipment rental and adventure source.  Our trips are led by experienced faculty, staff and student leaders.  The programs emphasize safety, learning and fun.  All activities are designed with an educational component to teach the skills and techniques found in the different disciplines that we offer.

Ferrum Outdoors also works closely with Recreation Leadership students to help hone and develop their outdoor leadership skills by organizing and leading adventure programs for the campus community under the direction of the Adventure Programmer and Coordinator.


Crawl underground, see stalactites and stalagmites, get muddy and find out why caving is so much fun. Caves provide a wild atmosphere that many do not get experience. Be one of those that can. Transportation, equipment, instruction and lunch provided on trips.

The 1st tee is located on the trail beside the tennis court parking lot.

Instructional Sessions
Group play

*Loaner discs are available at the Ferrum Outdoors office.

Ferrum College Disc Golf Rules
Be considerate of all pedestrians, players and property. WAIT UNTIL YOUR SHOT IS CLEAR BEFORE THROWING!

  1. Ensure that the fairway is clear and warn individuals before throwing.
  2. No profane or abusive language.
  3. Please keep the course clean. Leave No Trace.
  4. Players are liable for all damages to the course and the surroundings.
  5. HAVE FUN!!

Websites of Interest
Innova Discs
Pro Disc Golf Assicoation

Did you know that we have two geocaching sites on campus? Are you even aware of what geocaching is?

“Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden ontainers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment.” – Geocaching.com

GPS units available for checkout at the Ferrum Outdoors office.

Websites of Interest


The Blue Ridge Mountains are a mecca for hiking and backpacking. Ferrum is situated right in the heart of it with the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Appalachian Trail, national forests and local recreational areas available for exploration.

On campus hikes

Single day outings

Multi day backpacking

Wilderness skills

Backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, pads, stoves and cook sets available to check out at no charge

This awesome sport is taking hold here at Ferrum with the expansion of single track trails and a dedicated group of riders on campus. Plus, eight miles of trail down the road and some of the best riding in the region at Carvins Cove, Explore Park and Pandapas Pond is nearby.

Group rides

Instructional sessions

Single day trips


Sea Kayaking and White Water Kayaking

Paddling is just one more way of exploring the wilderness that surrounds Ferrum College.
There are numerous rivers and lakes to enjoy in a kayak, canoe or paddleboard.  These are available for free rental checkout at Ferrum Outdoors.


  • Single day outings
  • Multi-day trips
  • Instructional Sessions

Ferrum Outdoors is offering a variety of opportunities to experience the art of moving over rock. We provide all the equipment and transportation to give you the chance to explore this fun, unique and physically demanding sport.

Rock Climbing Club and Team

Single day outings
Instructional sessions

The new and improved high and low ropes course is get for students and faculty. These courses are all about team work and building strong friend ships. What else should you expect? A unique experience with your friends in the outdoors trying new things and new ways of working together – so bring your fun and positive attitude! A focus on problem solving – so bring your brains! Opportunities to push your limits and support others while they push theirs – so bring your sense of adventure!

What do I need to bring?

  • Drinking Water (at least a 20oz bottle)
  • Snacks
  • Rain jacket or poncho
  • Wear clothing suitable for the weather
  • Closed toed shoes (no sandals please)
  • Bug / mosquito spray
  • Sun block
  • Camera

To schedule a group contact Ferrum Outdoors by email or phone.

Ferrum Outdoors participates with the Virginia Inland Sailing Association’s Intercollegiate Sailing Program. Their facility and marina are located right on Smith Mountain Smith Lake and provides the perfect setting for instruction and sailboat racing. Try your hand at sailing and start learning the skills that make it such an awesome sport and pastime.

Once the snow season hits it is time to make turns.  We schedule a trip during the spring semester either to Winter Place in West Virginia or Winter Green Ski Resort in Virginia.  Trips include transportation, day life ticket, equipment rentals, lesson, breakfast and lunch.


Ferrum Outdoors has equipment to check out for your next adventure at no charge for students, faculty and staff!

  • Canoes
  • Kayaks
  • Standup Paddle Boards
  • Tents
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Backpacks
  • Cook Sets and Stoves

Rock Climbing Club and Team

Mountain Biking Club and Team

Fly Fishing Club

Did you know there are miles of hiking and mountain biking trails located right on the Ferrum College campus?

Download the campus trail map!

Ferrum Outdoors is conveniently located near the Ferrum Mercantile on Route 40 across from campus.

Phone: (540) 365-4324

E-mail:  ferrumoutdoors@ferrum.edu

Office hours during the academic school year:



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