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Land Experiences

Land Experience/Trip Updates

Fall 2023 trip schedules are available below!


  • student biking through the forest



  • Camp ground with tents.



  • Students hiking on a lit trail through the trees.



Fall 2023 Land Trip Schedule

Feel free to explore our Rock and Water trips.

  1. Select your trip from our estore
  2. Complete all required registration items
  3. Congratulations! You're now ready for your next adventure!

Price: $50

Registration Deadline: 9/27/2023 at 1:00 p.m.

Sign up today on our estore!

Just outside of August lies the Forks Area Trail System (FATS). This mountain bike specific area of Sumter National Forest offers an excellent location for learning and enjoying the sport. FATS trails are moderate and flowy, and you can expect to spend 2-3 hours on the trail learning beginner and intermediate skills.

Please wear proper athletic attire and footwear, and bring plenty of water and snacks for the trail. We will provide full suspension mountain bikes, transportation, and instruction.

Questions? Email 

Price: $45

Registration Deadline: 10/4/2023 at 1:00 p.m.

Sign up today on our estore!

The hike up Table Rock Mountain is a classic South Carolina hike that starts along a mountain creek and ends with an inspiring view of the upstate. While this can be a challenging hike that ocvers about 7 miles round trip, with 2,000 feet of elevation gain. It is still accessible to beginners that are up for a challenge.

ORec provides transportation, park admission, and trip leaders to guide the day. You'll need to bring comfortable clothes to hike in, hiking shoes, and a lunch.

Questions? Email 

Price: $260

Registration Deadline: 10/11/2023 at 1:00 p.m.

Sign up today on our estore!

Experience the world of backpacking with this truly exceptional route through Great Smoky Mountains National Park. On this beginner level trip, you can expect to cover approximately 5 miles per day, and spend the nights in backcountry shelters. You'll also pass over Clingmans Dome, the highest point in the park.

Temperatures can be cold during this time of year, so make sure to have proper warm layers and sturdy outdoor footwear. We will provide sleeping bags, backpacks, cooking equipment, and all group gear.

Transportation, food, and instruction will also be provided. A mandatory pre-trip meeting will be held the week before the trip. This trip can also be used to qualify for our big 5-day adventure trip along the Appalachian Trail in May!

Questions? Email 

Students demonstrating financial need may apply for Campus Rec Fee Assistance.

What You Need to Know

  • Trips are open to all USC students, faculty and staff.
  • All trips will only require beginner skill levels, unless otherwise noted.
  • Basic health history form will be required for trip participants.
  • No-show participants will not be eligible for a refund.


You must cancel at least 7 days prior to the trip to get a refund. After that, no refunds will be given.

We will give you a full refund if the trip is canceled due to low registration, weather or other extenuating circumstances. No-show participants will not be eligible for a refund.

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