The Outdoor Rec Center

Get Out and Play!

The mission of the Mars Hill University Outdoor Recreation Center is to encourage all students, as well as the community, regardless of experience level, to enjoy the university’s unique location in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. We hope to assist students in learning and continually improving their leadership, teamwork, communication and safety skills in the outdoors. Trips and instructional programs are offered throughout the year and include activities such as: hiking, backpacking, whitewater rafting, skiing, and rock climbing. In addition to outdoor adventure trips, the Outdoor Rec Center also provides outdoor equipment rentals to help students get outside and plan their own adventures.

The Outdoor Recreation Center is located in the back of The Loft in McConnell Hall. If you have questions about the Center, you may email India Staley, Coordinator for Campus Events and Leadership, at