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Our camping and hiking trips are great for those who want to get outside and camp without having to carry all the equipment on their back. We will “car camp” or camp with the van in close proximity, usually with picnic tables, fire rings, and restrooms of some sort. Our trips are designed for a group of 10-15 people, and require no previous experience. Each trip is led by Outdoor Rec. Trip Coordinators who are experienced in camping and hiking. Group equipment, such as tents, stoves, cooking gear, is included in the trip price. The hiking part of the trip is simply a day hike.

Upcoming Trips

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

Sign-up by: Friday, June 20

>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.

JULY 19 – 20  (Saturday – Sunday)
Buffalo River, TN
Cost:  $70

Sign-up by:  Friday, July 11
>Bring $20 cash, check, credit card or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register.

Pre-Trip Meeting:  Wednesday, July 16 at 5:00 pm

The Buffalo River is the last of the free-flowing rivers in Tennessee with no dams on it.  We will paddle approximately 13 miles of it, over two days.  We plan on camping on an island Saturday night.  This is a beautiful river, and the trip is suitable for both beginners and experienced canoeists.  Estimated trip duration:  7 am Sat. – 8 pm Sun.


JULY 26 – 27  (Saturday – Sunday)
Ocoee River, TN

Cost: $99
Sign-up by: Friday, July 11

>Bring $67 cash, check, credit card or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register.

Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, July 22 at 5:00 pm

Whitewater rafting on the Ocoee River is packed with fun and excitement on back-to-back rapids!     We will leave early Saturday and camp and hike near the scenic Hiwassee River or Ocoee River.  Sunday morning we will be guided down the middle section of the mighty Ocoee in rafts of 5-6 paddlers each.  Price includes rafting, transportation, group equipment and meals from Sat. lunch through Sun. lunch.  Estimated trip duration:  7 am Sat. – 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.