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.

Come take a tour of the Outdoor Rental Center and see all the equipment available to you!

Latest News


We are taking a BREAK for the 4th of JULY Weekend! Next available Trip:

CANOEING on the PINEY RIVER on Sun. July 10.  Cost is $43.  This trip has 5 spots as of noon on 7/1/16.

Sorry, but the Climbing Trip is now full.

Sorry, but the Rappelling Trip is now full.

>>  E-mail  to outdoorrec@vanderbilt.edu to get on the waiting list.


SPOTS on Remaining Trips, as of Noon on Fri. 7/1/16:

Backpacking = 4 spots

WW Rafting & Camping = 10 spots

Hiking on 8/6 = 9 spots


SUMMER ADVENTURE TRIPS . . . will begin on June 11.

The website is now complete for the summer trips!  Please go to the activity page for the desired trip to register and pay for the trip!  You can also look at the overall trip list.

For the Summer 2016 Adventure Trips List click here:  AdventureTrip List -Su16

The BIG NEWS is that you can now 1) sign up for a trip on-line,  2) Pay for a trip on-line, with your credit or debit card!



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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


Sean Wilkinson, Activities Coordinator