As Elon University students are gearing up to head home for the summer, others are planning their stay on campus. 

According to MarQuita Barker, director of Residence Life, more than 1,500 students are staying on campus this summer. 

Sophomore Lizzy Weber is one of those students staying over the summer. She said she’s looking forward to spending time in the area before she studies abroad next semester.

“I’m really excited to go do some of the stuff I’ve been too busy to do during the school year,” Weber said. 

Sophomore defensive lineman Tristen Cox is getting ready to spend his third summer on campus. He said there’s not always stuff to do over the summer.

“It does get a little boring at times, but especially with us a lot of times, it’s just the football team here or maybe other sports teams and a few other people that are here for the most part,” Cox said. “But you make the most out of it.”

For students joining Weber and Fox on campus this summer, consider some quick summer getaways around Elon.


Just about a half hour down the road near Graham is a town called Saxapahaw. A former mill town, Saxapahaw is a historic town and easy day trip. Shops, outdoor dining and scenic views are just a few of the things you’ll find there. 

In the summer, there’s also an outdoor concert series and farmers market every Saturday at 5 p.m. 

Eno River State Park

For the more adventurous, about 45 minutes away is the Eno River State Park in Durham. With a mix of forest and river, Eno River is a great place to hike, swim and enjoy nature. With almost 28 miles of trails, there’s something at every turn.

Burlington City Park

A little closer to campus, Burlington City Park is a 10-minute drive. If you’re looking for a place to go for a jog or leisurely walk — or if you feel like reliving your childhood summer days on the playground — then this is the place for you.