Trips and Expeditions

What are Trips and Expeditions?

Trips and Expeditions are new offerings through Rising Appalachia geared towards making use of the natural wealth and the opportunities it affords us in Appalachia. Geared towards building the hard skills necessary to take on adventure recreation, trips and expeditions expose participants to local parks, rivers, and wilderness areas under the supervision and instruction of qualified guides.

Who Leads Trips?

Trip leaders vary by the trip offered, but every trip will be run with 2 staff who hold applicable qualifications such as Wilderness First Responder, Swift Water Rescue, Lifeguard, and other certifications and experience as they apply to the trip at hand. When staff are assigned to a trip, a brief bio will be posted below on the trip descriptions.

What gets taught on trips?

With an emphasis on providing skills that participants can take home with them, our first priority on trips is providing the knowledge necessary for safe participation in the activities offered. Whether that means self rescue in the case of a canoe capsizing, or how to write a time control plan that includes evacuation options in case of inclement weather, or even basic first aid it is our first priority to ensure that participants are capable of understanding the risks inherent in adventure activities and how to safely navigate them. We will also cover hard skills such as wilderness navigation, back country cooking, and proper technique for environmentally conscious camping and travel. Our trips are designed so that participants leave with a solid foundation to build on for bringing outdoor recreation into their everyday lives.

Tubing Trips

$25 per camper per trip

12:30 to 3:30 pm for children attending RAW Day Camps

Signup via the RAW Camp Registration Form

In 2019 RAW Camp is offering tubing trips on the Hocking River in Nelsonville to our campers.

The trip covers a placid, mile long stretch of the Hocking from Hocking Parkway to the Bike path where it intersects the river in front of Hocking College.

All campers are fitted with a life jacket and provided a sit on top float, most commonly in the form of an inflatable duck or flamingo. Trips are run by staff with watercraft experience. Before trips weather radar is checked, and our guidelines have a go or no go set based on the river gauges which can be checked at the National Weather Service website. We do not run tubing trips if the water is at or above 7 ft.

Amazon Warriors Canoeing


June 18-20

2 Day Canoe Trip with 1 Camp Overnight for Young Women ages 12 and up.

As a means of taking Women of RAW to the next level, the Amazon Warrior Canoe Trip is a 3 night adventure experience with a 2 day canoeing adventure on the Hocking River run by 2 female Rising Appalachia staff members with outdoor expedition and watercraft experience.

Participants will spend their first day on Dow Lake at Strouds Run learning canoeing and watercraft safety techniques. Afterwards, they will return to Solid Ground Farm for team building activities, trip planning, and an overnight at the farm. The following morning participants will load up their gear and head out to the Hocking River North of Nelsonville for a 2 day overnight trip complete with camping out on the river bank.

The goal of these trips is to empower local girls and young women with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely head out and make use of the opportunities nature gives us for recreation and healthy lifestyles. Topics covered will include safety, navigation, expedition planning and behavior, and much more. We aim to blend the technical skills of canoeing and outdoor living with an understanding of how to integrate these skills and experiences into navigating everyday life from a position of strength and confidence.

Appalachian Warriors Canoeing


2 Day Canoe Trip with 1 Camp Overnight for Teens ages 12 and up.

Trip Leaders: Kent Orr, TBA

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