Get moving at Carolina

Staying active

From pools and climbing walls to fitness centers and expeditions, UNC Campus Recreation is ready to help members of the Carolina community hit their fitness goals this semester.

Campus Recreation welcomes students, faculty, staff and family members of all ability levels to engage in inclusive social and physical activities, including personal fitness, outdoor education and intramural and club sports.

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Explore the outdoors

Carolina Adventures, with its 67-acre Outdoor Education Center and expeditions, is helping Tar Heel get out, exercise and breathe in some fresh air.

The Outdoor Education Center, which Campus Recreation maintains, is mostly green space and is an opportunity to step away from the hustle and bustle of the busy campus. It includes an 18-hole disc golf course, multiple tennis and volleyball courts, hiking trails and a high and low ropes challenge course. While students can head out to the center and use the grounds without a reservation, the Outdoor Education Center also offers events and programming.

If you're looking to climb a mountain, go paddling or head out on the trails for some backpacking, Carolina Adventures also has more than a dozen expeditions waiting for you this semester.

Learn about all that Carolina Adventures has to offer

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  • There's more to explore in North Carolina than just Chapel Hill. Campus Rec takes students on backpacking, kayaking and climbing trips year-round, including an upcoming five-day backpacking and rock climbing adventure for first-year students.

    See upcoming expeditions
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    Whether you’re a novice or seasoned hiker, Carolina’s campus boasts five hiking trail systems to add to your list of ways to stay healthy this semester. The newest trails on campus are located close to the Outdoor Education Center.

    Get outdoors on Carolina's hiking trails

Competing at Carolina

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    Competitive flag football

    Carolina Football may be hosting its first home game in Kenan Stadium on Saturday evening, but there’s another football team in Chapel Hill representing the Tar Heels on the gridiron.

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    Carolina Jump Rope

    Rising junior Sarah Paschal has spent the past two years training and performing with Carolina Jump Rope. The group competes against other universities and jump rope clubs from around the country and dazzles crowds with spins and flips.

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    Ultimate Frisbee: The Darkside

    Since 2012, Carolina’s Darkside club ultimate frisbee team has advanced to the national finals each year, winning national championships in 2015 and 2018.

    Darkside is just one of four ultimate frisbee clubs at Carolina, including two for men and two for women. In addition to in-state rivals like NC State and UNC-Wilmington, Darkside plays teams from around the country and Canada.

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    UNC Strava Club

    More than 560 Tar Heels are competing, training and staying active together through Campus Rec's UNC Strava Club, which hosts multi-week challenges that encourage members to get moving — no matter their fitness level or access to facilities. Challenges range from running and swimming to a short hike and bodyweight exercises.

  • Women’s rugby club

    The team is one of Campus Recreation's 48 Sport Clubs and competes in USA Rugby Division I's Blue Ridge Conference. Since forming in 1993, the Tar Heels have won four state championships and advanced to the national tournament six times. They even have an Olympian as an alumna.

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    Intramural sports

    With competitions ranging from flag football and volleyball to wallyball and cornhole, the intramural sports program provides structured leagues for the entire Carolina community.