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Places to Go

Our campus is nice, but does it have rivers, mountains, caves or cliffs? Well, of course not! In addition to trips led during the semester, the Outdoor Recreation Center offers a library full of information on where to go. Below is a sampling of some destinations near and far from Vandy.

Camping

Under 1 Hour from Vanderbilt
Montgomery Bell State Park (40 miles W)
Bledsoe Creek State Park (40 miles NE)
Cedars of Lebanon State Park (45 miles ESE)
Henry Horton State Park (50 miles S)

Under 1-2 Hours from Vanderbilt
Old Stone Fort Archaeological Park (70 miles E)
Edgar Evans State Park (75 miles E)
David Crocket State Park (80 miles SSW)
Mousetail Landing State Park (85 miles WSW)

Under 2-3 Hours from Vanderbilt
Nathan Bedford Forest State Park (95 miles W)
South Cumberland Recreation Area
Fiery Gizzard Trail (95 miles SE)
Great Stone Door (120 miles SE)
* Savage Falls (125 miles SE)
Natchez Trace State Park (100 miles W)
Land Between the Lakes, KY (100 miles NW) Tim’s Ford State Park (105 miles SSE)
Virgin Falls Pocket Wilderness (110 miles E)
Rock Island State Park (110 miles SE)
Standing Stone State Park (110 miles ENE)
Paris Landing State Park (110 miles WNW)
Fall Creek Falls State Park (120 miles ESE)
Harrison Bay State Park (155 miles SE)
Big South Fork Nat’l River & Rec. Area (165 miles ENE)
Chichasaw State Park (165 miles WSW)

Over 3 Hours from Vanderbilt
Picket State Park (160 miles ENE)
Frozen Head State Natural Area (165 miles E)
Laurel Snow State Park (175 miles SE)
Hiwassee River State Park (190 miles ESE)
Great Smoky Mountains National Park (230 miles ESE)

Canoeing

Under 1 Hour from Vanderbilt
Harpeth River Recreation Area (23 miles W)

Under 1-2 Hours from Vanderbilt
Land Between the Lakes, KY (100 miles NW)
Big South Fork Nat’l River & Rec. Area (165 miles ENE)

Over 3 Hours from Vanderbilt
Ocoee River State Park (170 miles ESE)
Hiwassee River State Park (190 miles ESE)
Great Smoky Mountains National Park (230 miles ESE)

Climbing

Great Stone Door (120 miles SE)

Hiking and Backpacking

Under 1 Hour from Vanderbilt
Percy Warner Park (7 miles SW)
Radnor Lake Natural Area (9 miles SW)
Percy Priest Lake (13 miles E)
Radnor Lake Natural Area (40 miles W)
Bledsoe Creek State Park (40 miles NE)
Cedars of Lebanon State Park (45 miles ESE)
Henry Horton State Park (50 miles S)

Under 1-2 Hours from Vanderbilt
Old Stone Fort Archaeological Park (70 miles E)
Edgar Evans State Park (75 miles E)
David Crockett State Park (80 miles SSW)
Mousetail Landing State Park (85 miles WSW)

Under 2-3 Hours from Vanderbilt
Nathan Bedford Forest State Park (95 miles W)
South Cumberland Recreation Area
Fiery Gizzard (95 miles SE)
Great Stone Door (120 miles SE)
* Savage Falls (125 miles SE)
Natchez Trace State Park (100 miles W)
Land Between the Lakes, KY (100 miles NW) Tim’s Ford State Park (105 miles SSE)
Virgin Falls Pocket Wilderness (110 miles E)
Rock Island State Park (110 miles SE)
Standing Stone State Park (110 miles ENE)
Paris Landing State Park (110 miles WNW)
Fall Creek Falls State Park (120 miles ESE)
Harrison Bay State Park (155 miles SE)
Big South Fork National Recreation Area (165 miles ENE)
Chickasaw State Park (165 miles WSW)

Over 3 Hours from Vanderbilt
Picket State Park (160 miles ENE)
Frozen Head State Natural Area (165 miles E)
Laurel Snow Pocket Wilderness (175 miles SE)
Hiwassee River (190 miles ESE)
Great Smoky Mountains National Park (230 miles ESE)

Kayaking

Under 1 Hour from Vanderbilt
Harpeth River (23 miles W)

Under 1-2 Hours from Vanderbilt
Land Between the Lakes, KY (100 miles NW)
Big South Fork National Recreation Area (165 miles ENE)

Over 3 Hours from Vanderbilt
Ocoee River (170 miles ESE)
Hiwassee River (190 miles ESE)
Great Smoky Mountains National Park (230 miles ESE)

Mountain Biking

Percy Priest Lake, Hamilton Creek Marina
Percy Warner Park

Relaxing

Centennial Park (1/2 mile W)
Love Hill (1/2 mile SW)
Percy Warner Park (7 miles SW)
Radnor Lake Natural Area (9 miles SW)
Percy Priest Lake (13 miles E)

Spelunking

Stop by the Outdoor Recreation Center for books on local caves.