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Outdoor Recreation

Location. Location. Location. If you like adventure in the great outdoors, Clarkson has one of the best locations you're ever going to find. Our 640-acre campus sits on the edge of a village where the rolling foothills of the Adirondack Mountains meet the St. Lawrence River Valley.

The campus itself offers three miles of trails for hiking, biking and cross-country skiing through woodlands and wetlands. It also provides easy access to the mountains, rivers and lakes of the nearly six-million acre Adirondack Park wilderness. Year-round recreation opportunities range from backpacking, biking and skiing to mountain hiking, camping, fishing, boating and swimming. Kayaking, canoeing and river rafting are also popular, and our students regularly go on expeditions for rock climbing and caving.

The Clarkson Outdoor Recreation Program manages the multiuse trail system on campus, provides support and guidance to the outdoor-oriented student clubs, and runs the outdoor program which exposes students to the natural areas of the Adirondack region.

If you just finished a long hike, or completed a cross-country ski, Clarkson’s Adirondack Lodge is the perfect place to unwind. Students who enjoy the outdoors launch most of their adventures from here. This homey gathering and meeting place is perfect for unwinding after a long hike or a cross-country ski. The Outdoor Lodge is also a wireless Internet zone and has a large TV and computer for all use.

Organizations like the Ski Club and the Bike Club make it is easy to find people who share your adventurous spirit. Clarkson's Outing Club, one of the largest and most active student groups on campus, organizes excursions near and far that enable you to take advantage of the recreational possibilities in this spectacular environment. In the winter there are regular downhill trips to Whiteface Mountain near Lake Placid, about an hour and a half away.