Outdoor Programs

The Office of Outdoor Programs offers you the opportunity to participate in outdoor educational experiences. You will be educated on essential leadership skills and challenged to be an active participant in your environment and in your own life. 

The backcountry service learning experiences offer you the opportunity to perform trail maintenance work, improve rock climbing areas and really give of yourself by donating your time and energy to help ensure a quality wilderness environment for future generations to enjoy.

All Lees-McRae College rock climbing, hiking and backpacking programs taking place on National Forest Service Lands are authorized under a Special Use Permit by the Pisgah National Forest.

Outdoor Equipment Rentals

Students, faculty, and staff can rent a variety of outdoor equipment free of charge! Equipment available for rent includes: Mountain bikes, fly fishing rods, bouldering pads, climbing shoes, climbing helmets, backpacks (day and weekend), tents (2 and 3 person tents), sleeping pads, stoves, backcountry kitchen equipment and more.

Equipment rentals are available for Friday–Monday, and pick-ups take place on Fridays from 12:00–2:00 p.m. in the SRC. Equipment rental drop off takes place on Mondays from 9:00 a.m–10:00 a.m.

Open Climbing Wall

Tuesdays from 3:30–5:30 p.m. in the SRC

Climb for the whole time, or in between classes—it’s up to you! Open to students, faculty and staff. All climbing levels are welcome.

Competition Climbing Team

This club offers students training sessions at the Lees-McRae College indoor rock climbing wall located in the Arthur Student Recreation Complex. Students who are serious about training for and competing in rock climbing events have the opportunity to travel to area climbing competitions and compete as a team. The LMC Competition Climbing Team also hosts a showing of the annual REEL ROCK Film Tour as a fall fundraising event.

Disc Golf Course

New to the Lees-McRae campus is a 9-hole disc golf course that begins at the Mill Pond waterfall, loops around Williams Gymnasium, and comes down from Bobcat Way back to the waterfall. Each hole is a par 3 in difficulty. Discs can be rented for free from the Student Recreation Complex for players who do not have their own. 

Learn more

For more information about Outdoor Programs, contact Katie Wall, Outdoor Recreation Management program coordinator, atwallk@lmc.edu or 828.898.2484.