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Founded in 1994, Horizons has established itself as an industry leader with a reputation of dependability, experience and attention to client objectives.  We provide our clientele  with a reliable source of high-impact, dynamic innovative training opportunities.   Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, Horizons uses a "learning-by-doing" or experiential approach that transforms dull and lifeless intellectual knowledge into active, compelling, enduring experiences.

Horizons offers targeted programs for building strong teams, developing effective leaders, maximizing productive group dynamics, and other programs to build a strong organization from the ground up.


Horizons' clients now number over 350 organizations in the Southeast ranging from multi-billion dollar international corporations to local small businesses and non-profits.  Recent clients include;

Pepsi, Denso Manufacturing,  DeRoyal Industries,  The University of Tennessee Executive MBA Programs,  Eastman Chemicals, Siemens,  Sanofi-Aventis, Kimberly-Clark, The FBI Knoxville Field Office,  Helen Ross McNabb Center,  Wackenhut Security,  The Knoxville Police Department,  AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, and Scripps Networks/HGTV. 


We are proud to report that:

     > 96% ninety-six percent of Horizons' clients are repeat groups...most coming to us at least once per year.   Quality programs will create customer loyalty.

     > 99% of all program evaluations indicate that their program with Horizons to be  "very-good" or "excellent" in terms of an enjoyable experience with their peers.  Effective training programs should be engaging and enjoyable. 

     > 98% of client evaluations state that they would "highly" recommend Horizons-type training to other organizations.  This comment made by clients on program evaluations upon completing a Horizons training.


We provide programs at numerous locations to suit your schedule, budget and convenience.  For our Knoxville-area clients, we offer our west Knoxville Crittenton Center ropes challenge course location just off of Middlebrook Pike,  Ijams Nature Center near downtown Knoxville, as well as several local and regional parks. 

Horizons will also provide portable on-site trainings at the client's location throughout the country.

Spacious Indoor Facilities at The Crittenton Center

Group Trust Activities

"HI, Phil, thanks again to you and the rest of the gang for another great session. 
Sirena, the mom who was with me, was totally blown away by the experience of watching
the students have such a great day.  Her main comment kept being "wow!" 
Even though I have been through many ROPES courses, and many counseling sessions as well,
 that is always my reaction!  It is always powerful."
Dawn Patelke
Band Director, UCHSB

"Well done program and an opportunity to learn more about leadership decisions and skill set...
Well done to the Horizon team!"

-Client Evaluation


Our Partnerships
Through 15 years in the training business, Horizons is pleased to say we partner with these excellent organizations to bring our clients the best  in services:

The Florence Crittenton Agency and The Crittenton Center Food Services - A non-profit social service agency providing programs for young women in crisis situation.  The Crittenton Center owns the primary ropes challenge course which Horizons uses.  The Crittenton Center also provides a wide range of tasty menu choices for meals for ropes course groups

Malinda Claiboure and The Colorful Palate Catering - The best food catering we've ever encountered!

The Adventure Guild - Chattanooga, Tennessee - An adventure based company out of Chattanooga that provides a wide range of experiential and recreational programs as well as ropes course construction and inspection.

In partnership with John Nowell and Knox Rocks, Horizons is now able to offer on-site portable climbing wall programs and personally guided and instructed rock climbing programs for a number of East Tennessee climbing sites.

Smoky River Outfitters - Your source for great deals on gear for camping, hiking and outdoor adventures!

The Ijams Nature Center - Knoxville, Tennessee.  This 160+ acre park, just 5 minutes from downtown Knoxville, is a jewel of preserved nature and environmental education and serves as a site for Horizons training programs.

Eden Crest Vacation Rentals - Providing the finest in luxury log cabin rentals in the Great
Smoky Mountains of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  Eden Crest Vacation Rentals invites you to spend your next vacation in style.  We welcome corporate organizations, churches groups, reunions and others. 

Industry Associations and Memberships
The Association of Challenge Course Technologies

The Professional Ropes Course Association

The Southeastern Cave Conservatory Incorporated

The American Society of Training and Development

Worldwide Outfitters and Guides Association

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Cades Cove-Site for "The Cove Sleuth"

Comfortable Indoor Dining at Crittenton