Southern Adventist University is located in the heart of some of the best outdoor resources in North America. Unlike any other university campus, Southern’s “outdoor classroom” has more than 30 miles of trails for hiking and mountain biking, a 50'-by-200' natural rock climbing wall, multiple caves, one of the best training ropes courses in the Southeast, and other natural resources.

Within an hour of Southern’s campus, you’ll find world-class rock climbing areas; the highest concentration of caves in North America, including the deepest cave in the U.S.; a variety of rivers to canoe, kayak, and raft, including the Ocoee, which hosted the 1996 Olympics; the Great Smoky Mountains and millions of acres of protected wilderness for camping, hiking, biking, horseback riding, and more. If it happens in the outdoors, it happens here!

Use the links below for more information on our campus facilities.

The Outdoor Education Complex

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Outdoor Education Center


Challenge Course 

Cherokee Council House



Student Park


Campus Trails

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Goliath Wall

Student Park Cave

Outdoor Leadership Amphitheater

Southern Trails