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Explore the Outdoors

Clarkson University is an ideal choice for outdoor enthusiasts! Students can engage in diverse outdoor activities thanks to our superb location at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains.

Discover the wonders in your backyard as a Clarkson student in our quintessential college town - a hub for world-class hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, mountain biking, bass fishing, Olympic skiing and more.

  • The Adirondack Park, an internationally renowned biosphere region and the largest publicly protected area in the continental U.S., awaits your exploration.
  • Our 640-acre wooded and waterfront campus on the Raquette River offer outdoor recreation steps from your door.
  • Explore further details about our surrounding area and discover how Clarkson can fulfill your outdoor interests.

Clarkson's location right near the Adirondacks makes it the perfect opportunity for students to do outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and fishing. Skiing is also huge around here in the wintertime. And there's lots of great mountains and bodies of water nearby for students to visit.

The Clarkson Outing Club provides a great opportunity for people who are interested in the outdoors to be able to go on trips with other people on campus and create a community of people that like the outdoors but also you can rent gear for very cheap. You can have access to learning new things like I started learning how to climb here at Clarkson's wall which is located in Schiele.

And I've even been able to go to the Adirondacks and climb through the Outing Club and all the materials that they provide. Even staying within Potsdam, you have great hiking trails, and being right on the racket, we have a boathouse that you're able to [inaudible], take out a kayak or go paddleboarding, and sometimes you'll see people out by the river slacklining, too.

If you're an outdoor enthusiast Clarkson is the perfect place for you. There's limitless opportunities to do anything you enjoy outside in the surrounding area.