Mercer Outdoors Resource Center

Welcome to the Mercer Outdoors Resource Center.  Below are links to local and well known organization that specialize in outdoor recreation.  This is an opportunity for you to get as much information you need for you and your friends to go out and have a great time participating in adventure sports and activities.

Books available for check-out

  • Mountain Biking Georgia
  • The Best in Tent Camping
  • Georgia Nature Weekends
  • Hiking Georgia
  • 60 Hikes within 60 Miles (Atlanta)
  • The Hiking Trails of North Georgia (3rd Edition)
  • 50 Hikes in the North Georgia Mountains
  • Hiking Trails of the Southern Nantahala Wilderness, Ellicott Rock Wilderness, Chatooga National Wild and Scenic River

Canoeing & Kayaking

Paddling is a lot of fun! There are so many opportunities on the water. If you enjoy paddling on flat water and enjoying the world around you to getting your adrenaline pumping on raging whitewater, the links below are excellent resources to meet your needs. If you would like more information on paddling trips, please contact Mercer Outdoors.


Caving doesn't have to be highly technical, dangerous, or scary. Consider a guided tour by professionals, and experience the mystery, majesty, and year-round cool temperatures of Georgia caves. Georgia has over 500 caves, most in northwest Georgia.


If you like to ride single track or on the road, there are a lot of opportunities for you to ride in Macon. Bike Tech is a locally owned bike shop located here in Macon on Vineville Avenue. They will have what you need to enjoy your next ride. They have a great repair shop to keep your bike in tip top shape.  Dauset Nature Center, located 35 minutes north of Mercer, is another great place to ride too. Below are some trails close to Mercer:

Does you need to get your bike fixed?  There is an alternative if you do not want to take it to the shop.  Try fixing it yourself!  Here are a few websites you might find useful to fix your bike:

Hiking and Camping

Georgia offers a variety of terrain for hiking and camping, from the north Georgia mountains, to the Atlantic coast, along lakes, or in parks.

Summer Camps

Need a job?  How about working at a summer camp?  This is a great opportunity for you to meet new people, teach, network and enjoy being outside.  Contact the American Camping Association today!

Scuba Diving

We got friends in low places!  Spring semester, Mercer Outdoors offers you an opportunity to be certified as an Open Water Diver (PADI).   For those of you who are already certified, you can continue your education in achieving different levels of certification or sign up for a dive trip with your friends at MO.

Other Links

If you are interested in backpacking, first aid and more regional outdoor activities, check out these links below to help prepare for your next trip.


For all trips and information, please contact Todd Thomas at 478-301-2370.