Dolly Sods Backpacking

“The earth has music for those who listen.” –William Shakespeare

The Outdoor Recreation trips program is focused on getting people outside to explore new places, gain skills, meet new people, and have fun. A wide range of trips include beginner through advanced skill opportunities in backpacking, canoeing, caving, climbing, camping, hiking, bicycling, cross-country skiing, and more.

Single-day trips include tours of local outdoor areas, while weekend and multi-day trips will enable participants to explore West Virginia , the eastern region, and beyond. Skills and safety instruction are an integral part of every trip so that participants can reduce the risks of the activity, participate actively in the trip, and go on their own trips in the future.

Who can Participate?

Current WVU students, faculty and staff as well as immediate family.  Any of these can sponsor one person to attend with them.  

Register for trips at the Outdoor Recreation Center, located in the free zone of the Student Recreation Center . The trip fee is due as a deposit when you register. A trip contract and Notification of Risk/Waiver are required paperwork at registration.

Payment Method

Students may pay through their STAR account. Others may pay with personal checks, and credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover).

Refund Policy

Refunds will only be given to those who give notice more than one week prior to the trip that they cannot attend. Extended trips that require more planning must be canceled 45 days in advance and may include a non-refundable deposit. A refund may be given after this time if a replacement can be found from the trip’s wait list.


Leaders for the ORC trips are students who have gone through an extensive outdoor leadership class and have worked as Adventure West Virginia leaders over the summer. If you are interested in becoming a leader, check out this Adventure West Virginia leader web page 

Pre-Trip Meeting

Overnight trips will include a pre-trip meeting on Thursday before the trip is scheduled. This meeting is mandatory for trip participants. It will include valuable information, such as appropriate clothing, necessary gear, what food to bring, the trip plan, and any necessary paperwork.

Trip Difficulty

Outdoor trips, by their nature, have risks associated with them. All risks cannot be eliminated without destroying the purpose and character of the trip or seminar.

The trip difficulty scale has been created to help participants choose the correct activity for their interests and needs.

Monongahela National Forest Affiliation

West Virginia University is a partner with the Monongahela National Forest. WVU is an equal opportunity employer.