Welcome to the Outdoor Recreation Program at Vanderbilt University. Outdoor Rec offers adventures in the great outdoors for Vanderbilt students, faculty, staff and the Vanderbilt community. See our list of Upcoming Trips for details.

Nashville is close to gorgeous state parks and natural areas, making it an ideal location for weekend backpacking, spelunking, canoeing, and rafting trips. You can participate in an Outdoor Rec trip, or rent gear from Outdoor Rec to plan your own trip. Our resource library includes maps and guidebooks for local parks so you can plan a trip on your own.

Outdoor Rec is located at 2600 Children’s Way, just behind the new Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center.  See our map for detailed directions and for parking information.

Latest News

>> Attention Patrons:

The VRWC climbing wall is officially OPEN.  Click on “Climbing Wall” in the drop-down menu to find out more!


Horseback Riding at Ju Ro Ranch on Sat. March 28 has 2 spots available.  Cost = $52. Sign up by noon on Thursday, March 26.

Climbing at Kings Bluff (a make-up trip) on Sun. March 29 has 2 spots available.  Cost = $22.  To sign up, e-mail Linda at outdoorrec@vanderbilt.edu by noon on Friday.  Pay at the VRWC 2nd floor Office of Campus Rec. by 5 pm on Friday.


PARTIAL BIG NEWS: You can now sign up for a trip on line!  The only catch is that you have to go to the VRWC, second floor to the Office of Campus Recreation, to pay! Go to the Trip Schedule drop down to find your type of trip page.

Spots left on the BIG Trips:

Alaska Backpacking Trip = SORRY, this trip is now FULL.  We can start a waiting list . . . 

Click on this Adventure Trip List – Sp15 for the Spring Adventure Trip schedule.

The website is up to date for the Spring Semester!

Outdoor Rec. T-shirts for SALE!  Choose from 3 designs.  Click on the PDF for details.  T-shirtsforSale.13

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Contact Information

Outdoor Recreation Center
2600 Children’s Way
Nashville, TN  37212


Fridays and Mondays:
12:00 noon – 6:00 pm

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays:
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Linda Rosenkranz, Director


Steven Rubin, Activities Coordinator