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:

  • No. 13 on Backpacker Magazine’s “The 20 Best Colleges for Hikers” list.
  • Princeton Review’s “Green Colleges”
  • One of eight colleges “For Students Who’d Rather Be Outside” by Men’s Journal.
  • Buzzfeed’s “Most Beautiful College on Earth.”
  • College Magazine’s “Top 10 Greenest Campuses”
  • Sierra magazine’s “Cool Schools”
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 have the equipment? Outdoor Programs rents equipment at a discounted price. Interested in trying something new but not sure how to do it? It’s why Outdoor Programs offers trips for beginners. We don’t believe in limits when it comes to experiencing the outdoors.

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