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Outdoor Recreation

APR 4 – 5 (Fri. – Sat.)
CLIMBING & CAMPING @ Jackson Falls, IL
((This trip is for Intermediate to Advanced Climbers))
Cost: $65 //  Sign-up by: Mon. Mar. 31//  Pre-Trip Meeting: Tue, Apr 1 @ 6pm

Join the VU Outdoor Rec. Program as we head to the mid-west climbing location of Jackson Falls, IL.   This trip will offer participants the opportunity to test their climbing skills on bullet hard sand stone cliffs.  We will depart Friday night to camp out and spend the duration of our Saturday climbing.  Jackson Falls offers a plethora of climbing styles to push your prowess and abilities.  Price includes all technical climbing gear, instruction, group camping gear, transportation and food while on site.   Climbing shoe rental is $5.50 extra. ***Note: Participants should be able to comfortably climb 5.8*** Estimated trip duration: 5 pm Fri. – 11 pm Sat.

APR 5   (Sat)
CANOEING @ Piney River, TN
Cost:  $34 // Sign-up by: Mon. Mar. 31// Pre-Trip Meeting:  Wed, Apr 2 at 5 pm

The Piney River is only a little over an hour away, west of Nashville.  We will paddle a scenic 6.6 mile section of this Class I river.  Highlights include rock walls and spectacular bluffs.   This is a great trip for beginner paddlers.   Estimated trip duration:  8 am – 6 pm.

APR 6  (Sun)
HORSEBACK RIDING @ JuRo Ranch, Mt. Juliet, TN
Cost:  $52 // Sign-up by: Mon. Mar. 31// Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tue, Apr 1 @ 5 pm

Located less than an hour away, the JuRo Stables will provide us with a 1.5-hour horseback ride.  We will ride on wooded trails, across creeks, and possibly to Percy Priest Lake. Check out their horses at www.jurostables.com.  After the ride, we will have a picnic lunch at a nearby park before returning to VU.  The tip for the guides is included in the trip fee.  Estimated trip duration:  9 am – 2 pm.

APR 12 (Sat)
Cost: FREE! // Sign-up by:  Fri, Apr 4 // Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tue, Apr 8 @ 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 nice area worthy of our time.  Beginners are welcome.  All paddling equipment is provided. Estimated trip duration:  8 am – 6 pm.

APR 13 (Sun)
HIKING @ Short Springs State Natural Area, TN

Cost:  $19 // Sign-up by: Fri, Apr 4 // Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tue, Apr 8 @ 5 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 4.2 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.

APRIL 19 (Sat)
CLIMBING (Beginner to Advanced) @ Kings Bluff, TN
Cost:  $22 // Sign-up by: Fri, Apr 11 // Pre-Trip Meeting: Tue, Apr 15 @ 5 PM

Wall climbers, it’s time to try the “real thing”!  Kings Bluff is a great location for you to experience the fundamentals of rock climbing with our knowledgeable staff. Some climbing experience is preferred, so take some time to try out the wall first!   Shoe rental = $5.50 extra.  Estimated trip duration:  9 am – 5 pm.

APRIL 19 (Sat)
KAYAK TOURING @ Center Hill Lake, TN
Cost:  $36 // Sign-up by: Fri, Apr 11 // Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tue, April 15 @ 6 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.