About Mahanaim Adventures

Mahanaim Adventures was founded on a passion for adventure and based on a lifetime of outdoor experience. Owners Don and Diane Harty trace their passions for the outdoors to childhoods spent camping and hiking with their families. After they married in 1983, they continued exploring the outdoors together.

Over the years they have discovered that outdoor adventures have brought their family closer, even during times when many things tried to pull their families and friendships apart. Don and Diane have discovered that there is no age limit to outdoor adventures. They introduced their three children to camping when they were each only a couple of months old.

Now days, Mahanaim Adventure day to day operations are led by both Don and Joseph, along with several excellent guides to lead you on your next adventure. You will soon discover there is no experience necessary for you to enjoy the outdoor adventure of a lifetime.

Experience and Certifications:

Don Harty

Don has considerable kayaking, backpacking and back-country camping experience, having lead trips for individuals, families and a variety of scout and church groups. He completed his first 50+ mile canoeing adventure at the age of 14. By 15, he had completed 50-mile and 110-mile backpacking trips on the Appalachian Trail.

  • Boy Scout / Eagle Scout
  • Boy Scout / Outdoor Leader Skills Instructor
  • Boy Scout / Lifeguard, Swimming and Water Rescue
  • Boy Scout & US Coast Guard Paddle Craft Safety and Rescue
  • Boy Scout / Wood Badge Leadership Training
  • Boy Scout / National Camp School / COPE’s Course Director
  • Boy Scout / National Camp School / Program Manager
  • Boy Scout / Wilderness First Aid Instructor
  • Boy Scout / CPR Instructor

Joseph Harty

Joseph in the Okefenokee Swamp

Joseph, is the youngest member of the Harty family.  Already, Joseph has a strong background in kayaking, backpacking, hiking and back-country camping, including cold weather camping (ask him about his first camping trip in snow!).  Joseph has joined his father in leading the day to day operation of the business and hopes someday to take over the reigns of the family business. 

Joseph is currently completing his Cross-Cultural Discipleship Training program in New York City to do long term mission work. Currently Joseph’s plan it to go so where over seas with Pioneer Missions sometime in 2023.

Some of Joseph’s training and certificates in the Outdoors:

  • Boy Scout / Eagle Scout
  • Boy Scout Life Guard
  • Boy Scout / COPE Level One Instructor
  • Boy Scout / Wilderness First Aid Instructor
  • Boy Scout / CPR instructor
  • American Red Cross First Aid
  • Ocean Rescue trained lifeguard

Diane Harty

My Bride on the Lumber River

Diane also has extensive experience with kayaking, day hiking and back-country camping. She has led numerous Girl Scout camping trips.  Diane is in charge of all the office operations for Mahanaim Adventures.

Other Member of Our Team! 

Duane Kelly:  Duane has led kayaking adventure with us for the past 12year.  Duane grew up in upstate New York where he canoed many lakes and rivers.  Duane is an Eagle Scout and still active with a local Scout Troop.  Duane had is wife live in Burgaw, NC

Grayson Harris:  Grayson is completing his freshman year of collage at Appalachian State University. He is a local resident that lives on Carolina Beach and has a passion for outdoor adventure. He is an Eagle Scout firm local Troop 210.  This is Grayson’s fourth summer working with us and brings a great deal of kayaking and outdoor experience to each of our adventures.