The Sewanee Outing Program (SOP) gives students the chance to explore Sewanee’s 13,000-acre campus, the surrounding region, and wilderness areas across the United States.

Weekly Outings

These trips are a great way for students to experience the outdoors, increase their outdoor skills, and gain firsthand knowledge of what it takes to lead a trip. Most of the SOP day trips are on the Domain. Activities include rock climbing, bouldering, canoeing, caving, hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, and cycling.

Extended Trips

The SOP offers extended break trips across the country. These popular trips include canoeing on the Rio Grande, backpacking in the Smokies, and winter mountaineering in Colorado.

Student Leaders

Our 95+ student trip leaders are the backbone of the SOP. Students become trip leaders by going on our outings, apprenticing, and completing Wilderness Advanced First Aid training. Being a trip leader takes a lot of responsibility, but it is a terrific way to share your interests with other students.

50+ Miles of Trails

The Domain is home to more than 50 miles of hiking trails. The signature Perimeter Trail, is a 20-mile loop that circles much of the Domain and provides a hiking experience unparalleled anywhere else in the region. With 13,000 acres, there are plenty to chose from—these are our favorite.

Got Gear?

The SOP stocks gear for most weekly outings and extended trips. Checking out equipment is free for students. SOP inventory includes, but is not limited to, sleeping bags, tents, backpacks, stoves, climbing equipment, first aid kits‌, and bouldering pads.

Bike Shop

The SOP bike shop is student-run and focuses on basic repairs such as replacing tubes, quick adjustments, and chain lubrication. It is located right on campus for your convenience. For more major maintenance jobs, Woody's Bikes is right downtown.

The Sewanee Outing Program (SOP)

On SOP trips, students learn valuable leadership and technical skills while gaining a greater appreciation for the natural world.