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Appalachian Trail Adventure

Happy trails to you! That is hiking and biking trails to be exact! Do you enjoy nature? Are you looking to explore the beauty that the state of Virginia has to offer? Interested in the outdoors? Wondering how you are going to make the transition to college life? Want to form a new group of friends?

The AT Adventure is scheduled for the three days before first-year student move-in and Orientation begins. Selected participants will move in on Sunday and prepare for a two-day (one-night), off-campus experience that will build leadership and communication skills, test mental strength, and encourage team work. There is no cost associated with participating in the program. Applications will be accepted until July 1. Notifications about program acceptance will be sent after July 1 via email. Please fill out the Appalachian Trail Adventure Application. 

The Appalachian Trail is a marked hiking trail in the eastern United States extending between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine. The total length is approximately 2,200 miles (3,500 km). The Appalachian Trail is famous for its many hikers, some of whom, called thru-hikers, attempt to hike it in its entirety in a single season. Many books, memoirs, websites, and fan organizations are dedicated to this pursuit.

Students will hike a scenic 20 mile section of the Appalachian Trail in Shenandoah National Park. During the trip, we will openly discuss the variety of challenges first-year students face and will use this unique experience to help students prepare for and be successful during their college career at the University of Richmond. Our hope is this challenge will open many new doors for you as you start your time with the University of Richmond. We challenge you to apply and make this unique outdoor experience a chapter in your own memoir!