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Backpacking involves carrying all your food and equipment on your back and hiking to a site accessible only by foot. Usually there are many rewards for the hiker enroute to the campsite. Our trail groups are generally 8-12 people. Each trip is led by Outdoor Rec. Trip Coordinators who are experienced in backpacking. Group equipment, such as tents, stoves, cooking gear, is included in the trip price. Generally, no experience is necessary, only enthusiasm! 

Upcoming Trips

JUNE 27-29 (Friday – Sunday)
Great Smoky Mountain National Park, TN
Cost: $95 

Sign-up by: 6 pm Monday, June 23
>Bring $55 cash, check, credit card or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register.

Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, 6/24 at 6:00 pm

Come explore the backcountry of the most popular park in country!   It’s a relatively long drive, but this park is worth it!  We will car camp at the Cosby Campground Friday night and begin hiking up the Low Gap Trail on Saturday.  One group will hike to Maddron Bald while the other group will hike along Big Creek.  Expect to hike 5-8 miles each day.  The scenery should be spectacular  and the temperatures cooler in the Smoky Mountains.  Hiking boots are advised.  This trip is limited to the first 12 people who sign up. Estimated trip duration: 3 pm Fri. – 7 pm Sun.  


Trip Information

Most trips are designed for a small group of people (10-12), and many of the trips require no previous experience. The fee for each trip covers the activity, transportation, in-camp food, camping fees, and group equipment. For more information, look for flyers around campus or stop by the Outdoor Recreation Center (at 2600 Children’s Way and behind the new Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center) during rental hours. This is also where trip sign-up takes place. Trips are open to all VU students, faculty, staff, and VRWC members. Alcohol is not permitted on any trip.