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Explore More

Take the Explore More Backpacking Challenge

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Explore More is a DIY (Do It Yourself) backpacking challenge offered by Campus Recreation’s Auburn Outdoors.  


Register for an "Explore More" trip, attend a pre-trip meeting, submit a photo of yourself during the trip, and get the t-shirt! 


Gear lists, menus, trail maps, itinerary details, and pictures provided at pre-trip meetings. Meetings are recommended, but not required.


Fiery Gizzard Trail
This gorgeous hike follows Fiery Gizzard Creek, which allegedly earned its name when Davy Crockett burned his tongue on a hot turkey gizzard while camping and spat it into the creek. Look for cascading waterfalls, stunning rock formations, and spectacular views of the creek.

Max’s Patch
Hike and experience a section of the famous Appalachian Trail (or A.T.) on top of Max Patch Mountain. Begin your out-and-back hike at Lemon-Gap to begin the 6 mile trek to Max’s Patch! This 4,600-foot mountain was cleared and used as pasture in the 1800s. Today, it's a 350-acre tract of open land on a high knob with 360-degree views . On a clear day, you can see from Mt. Mitchell on the east to the Great Smoky Mountains on the south. From panoramic views to wildflowers, Max’s Patch has something to offer everyone.

Providence Canyon Backcountry Loop
Providence Canyon, or “Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon” was created by early settlers’ poor farming practices. Through the process of erosion, this blunder has developed into one of the most unique backpacking destinations in the Southeast. Designated as a state park in 1971, the park is only an hour and twenty minutes away from Auburn and has a 7-mile loop with abundant camping. Perfect for a quick backpacking getaway!

Walls of Jericho
Explore Alabama! The Walls of Jericho is a great weekend adventure whether you’re a beginner or an expert. This 7 mile out-and-back hike is said to be one of the best in the state. This hike will take you past sinkholes and caves, across beautiful blue-green streams, and culminate in a spectacular high-walled limestone canyon with breathtaking waterfalls.

You Can Now Book a Free Appointment With Our Trip Planning Experts!

Free to members

Sign up for an appointment and have an Outdoor Expert help plan your outdoor trip!

Whether it’s with one of our pre-packaged backpacking trips, your own trip idea, or a section along the Appalachian Trail, our outdoor expert will help you with meal planning, trip itinerary, equipment prep/packing, and more!

Upon your return, come in and show us some photos to receive a free Explore More t-shirt!

If unable to attend your appointment after registration, please communicate with auburnoutdoors@auburn.edu, failure to communicate will result in a $10 cancellation fee. 

Schedule Your Appointment Here 

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