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Interested in joining OP for a weekend away from campus? Check out some of our most popular trips:

Day Hiking


Short and sweet, day hikes are less strenuous than many other outdoor activities because they require very little equipment. But don’t be fooled, gourmet lunches and incredible views await the adventurous day hiker on an OP trip! Popular day hike locations include Pilot Mountain, Hanging Rock State Park, or Pisgah National Forest. So if you’re looking to get off campus or to discover a new pocket of the North Carolina wilderness, join us on our next OP Day Hike!

Mountain Biking

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Mountain biking is another option for the adventurous student who may not have time for an overnight or weekend-long trip. This outdoor sport involves biking on trails very similar to hiking trails. Mountain biking is fast paced, but beginner friendly.  No mountain biking experience is necessary, but basic bike riding skills are required. One of our favorite biking destinations, Tanglewood Park, is just a 30 minute drive from campus!


Whitewater Kayaking


If you’re looking to totally forget about classes for a couple of hours, whitewater kayaking will do the trick! Kayaking trips can be single-day or overnight trips. Our favorite kayaking destinations include, but are not limited to, the Tuckaseegee River (NC), the Nantahala River (NC), the James River (VA), the New River (WV), the Saluda River (SC), and the Cartecay River (GA). Join us on our next paddling adventure, we promise you won’t regret it!

All of our scheduled whitewater kayaking trips are open to beginners with no previous experience, though you must be able to swim.



While backpacking can take you around the world and back, OP tries to keep it local for our weekend trips. Backpacking  is a great way to get off campus, unplug, and reconnect for an epic weekend of beautiful views, delicious food, and great friends. A backpacking trip is a multi-day hike, meaning that you must carry everything on your back. Don’t worry though, you need a lot less than you might think!  OP provides all necessary  equipment, so all you need to bring is a water bottle and a                                                      smile. Beginners and experts welcome!

Rock Climbing


Rock Climbing is another great way to get off campus! OP provides all the gear and instruction you will need, so absolutely no experience is necessary! Most OP climbing trips are day trips to Pilot Mountain, NC and are some of our least expensive trips. Come join us for a day off of campus. Thrilling views are guaranteed for those who reach the top!