APR 7 (Sat)
WHITEWATER KAYAKING @ Clear Creek, TN
** This trip is for Beginner Kayakers **
Cost: $75 Sign-up by: Mon., April 2 Pre-Trip Meeting: Wed, Apr 4 at 5 PM
If April showers bring us enough rain, then we’re off to paddle the beautiful waters of Clear Creek. This is a fantastic destination for beginner paddlers looking for something a bit more challenging than the Hiwassee. The consistent elevation drop and fun turns through the boulders are enough for even seasoned boaters to enjoy. Experience is necessary and a solid roll is a must. This trip is limited to the first 6 people who sign up. Estimated trip duration: 7 AM to 10 PM.
APR 7 (Sat.)
LAKE CLEAN-UP / CANOEING @ Cordell Hull Lake, TN
* Free! * Sign-up by: Mon., April 2 Pre-Trip Meeting: Tue, Apr 3 at 5 PM
At points during our hike along the north side of the lake we have noticed trash washed up on the former shorelines from the summer before. By canoeing around the lake, we can stop and pick up trash, using the canoes to do the hauling. This is a pretty area worthy of our time. Beginners are welcome. All paddling equipment is provided. Estimated trip duration: 8 AM – 5 PM.
APR 13-14 (Fri. – Sat.)
WHITEWATER RAFT & CAMP @ Ocoee River, TN
Cost: $97 Sign-up by: Mon., April 2 Pre-Trip Meeting: Tue, Apr 10 at 6 PM
Whitewater rafting on the Ocoee River is packed with fun and excitement on back-to-back rapids! After camping out Friday night, we will be guided down the mighty Ocoee in rafts of 5-6 paddlers each. As a bonus, the Ocoee River is located in a beautiful gorge. No experience is necessary. Est. trip duration: 6 PM Fri. – 7 PM Sat.
APR 14 (Sat)
CLIMBING @ Kings Bluff, TN
** This trip is for Beginner Climbers **
Cost: $20 Sign-up by: Fri, Apr 6 Pre-Trip Meeting: Tue, Apr 10 at 5 pm
Wall climbers, it’s time to try the “real thing”! Kings Bluff is a great location for both beginner and intermediate climbers. Some climbing experience is preferred, so try the wall first! Shoe rental = $5.50 extra. Estimated trip duration: 9 AM – 5 PM.
APR 15 (Sat)
KAYAKING @ Harpeth River, TN
Cost: $33 Sign-up by: Fri, Apr 6 Pre-Trip Meeting: Wed, Apr 11 at 5 PM
This 6.4-mile trip is designed specifically for the beginner kayaker. The nearby Harpeth River is a gentle, State Scenic River, and kayaking is a great opportunity to paddle your own boat. All equipment is included in the trip fee. Estimated trip duration: 9 AM – 4 PM.
APR 21 (Sat.)
BOARDWALK BUILDING @ Beaman Park, Nashville, TN
* Free! * Sign-up by: Fri, Apr 13 Pre-Trip Meeting: Tue, Apr. 17 at 5: PM
Beaman Park is a relatively new park in Nashville that is being developed as a more natural park, rather than a “ball field park”. This time we will help finish a 350’ boardwalk that makes a trail accessible from the Nature Center to an overlook. We may also plant some trees. Experienced trail volunteers and equipment will be provided to help us. Lunch is also provided, and hiking afterward is an option. Estimated trip duration: 8 AM – 3 PM
APR 21 (Sat)
HIKING @ Short Springs SNA, TN
Cost: $19 Sign-up by: Fri, Apr 13 Pre-Trip Meeting: Tue, Apr 17 at 6 PM
Short Springs is a small 420-acre State Natural Area that includes rich woods, forest ravines, low cascades, springs, and big, beautiful waterfalls. We will hike the 2.9 mile moderately difficult trail and hang out at the waterfalls. If time allows, we will hike the 2.6 mile trail at the nearby Old Stone Fort State Park. Estimated trip duration: 8 AM – 6 PM.
APR 22 (Sun)
KAYAK TOURING @ Center Hill Lake, TN
Cost: $37 Sign-up by: Fri, Apr 13 Pre-Trip meeting: Thu, Apr 19 at 5 PM
Kayak touring is a fun, relaxing way to explore a lake. We will spend part of the day paddling around on scenic Center Hill Lake in middle Tennessee. Highlights will include wooded shorelines and checking out a cove or two. Beginners are welcome. All paddling equipment is provided. Estimated trip duration: 8 AM – 5 PM.
To sign up for a trip, come to the Outdoor Recreation Center (ORC), located on 2600 Children’s Way, kind of behind the Student Rec. Center, and pay a deposit or the full amount of the trip. The ORC accepts cash, check, and the Vanderbilt Commodore Card. For more info on trips, workshops, and equipment rentals, check out the web at www.vanderbilt.edu/outrec.
Outdoor Recreation Hours:
Mon and Fri 12 noon – 6 p.m.
Tue, Wed, and Thu 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.