Hollins Outdoor Program (HOP)

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If you enjoy the outdoors, with some adventure thrown in, then the Hollins Outdoor Program—or HOP—is for you. HOP combines adventure, education, self-awareness, and leadership all into one fun, exciting program.

Hiking, Camping, Climbing, Skiing, Caving, and More

  • Hollins is a 10-minute drive from the Appalachian Trail, with endless opportunities for hiking and camping.
  • Students canoe and fish on the nearby James River.
  • Two hours away, the New River Gorge is home to some of the best rock climbing and white-water paddling on the East Coast.
  • The many caves of the Appalachian region provide exploring opportunities year-round.
  • Students ski on the slopes of the Homestead, Wintergreen, and Snowshoe resorts.
  • HOP hosts the annual National Paddling Film Festival Roadshow, featuring thrilling footage of white-water canoeing and kayaking.

Responsible and Safe Practices

HOP bases all trips on the Leave No Trace Center’s Seven Principals of Outdoor Ethics. Climbing trips adhere to the stringent standards of the American Mountain Guides Association.


Trips for every interest and skill level

Staff members and trained student instructors lead you safely on a wide range of adventures. We offer exciting trips every month that accommodate both beginners and experienced participants.

Recent activities:
  • Cookout at Smith Mountain Lake Park
  • Canoeing on the James River
  • Bike rides on the Roanoke greenway and Virginia Creeper Trail
  • Day hikes to Apple Orchard Falls and Devil’s Marble Yard
  • Caving at James Cave
  • Bouldering at McAfee Knob
  • Rock climbing at Goshen Pass

Special Programs

Wilderness Orientation Program

Before you begin your official Hollins adventure, first-year students can have a five-day outdoor adventure with HOP.

Hollins Outdoor Leadership Certificate

This two-year program provides training for women leaders in adventure recreation.