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 link on their name will take you to their trip resume, outlining the experience they have in outdoor expeditions.

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.

Appalachian Warriors Canoeing


July 16-18

3 Day Canoe Trip for Teens ages 12 and up.

Trip Leaders: Kent Orr, Katey Patterson

Appalachian Warriors Canoeing will be running 3 days on the placid lower New River.

The trip is 3 days with two overnights spent on the riverbanks. Paddling will be broken up by the scenery of the Appalachian mountains south of Independence Virginia.

Campers will pitch their own tents and be taught to prepare their own meals as Leave No Trace ethics are woven into teaching the wilderness living skills that accompany overnight expeditions. Each morning participants will rise to the sounds of the river passing by their campsite, and will be prepared for the challenges and the beauty the day brings them.

On the third day campers will take out of the river after a good paddle, and be transported back to Solid Ground Farm where they will clean and stow all equipment. Updates on arrival times will be sent to parents to know when to expect teens for pickup.

Amazon Warriors Canoeing


June 18-20

3 Day Canoe Trip for girls and youg women ages 12 and up.

Trip Leaders: TBD, Katey Patterson

Amazon Warriors is a 3 day, 2 night trip onthe nearby Hocking River which provides an introduction to canoeing and overnight camping for girls and young women ages 12 and up.

Built around the idea of teaching a generation of young women in our community to take advantage of the adventure accessible in their own backyard; Amazon Warriors will be guided entirely by female staff and focuses on building confidence and confidence in participants.

Along the way there will be time for general fun in the water, ornithology, and plant and tree ID, as well as lessons on reading the river, navigating bodies of water, and basic first aid and self rescue. The end goal is to provide the foundations for participants to take to the water on their own time as part of a healthy and sustainable lifestyle, as well as familiarity with the nearby and free natural beauty right here in Athens County.

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.