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Camping

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

BACKPACKING
JULY 17-19 (Friday – Sunday)
Great Smoky Mountain National Park, TN
Cost: $99

Sign-up by: Friday, July 10

TO SIGN UP:
1. You must be part of VU and have an @vanderbilt.edu email address.
2.  Click here to sign up.
3.  You are not officially signed up until you PAY at the VRWC (Vanderbilt Recreation & Wellness Center).   You must do this within 2 business days of signing up.  Bring $99 cash, check, credit card, debit card, or Vanderbilt Card to theOffice of Campus Recreation on the 2nd floor of the VRWC.  Hours:  8:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday.

Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, 7/14 at 6:00 pm

It’s a relatively long drive, but this park is worth it!  We will car camp in the Cosby Campground Friday night and begin hiking up to and on the A.T. on Saturday.  We will hike 5-10 miles each day, depending on permits.   The scenery should be spectacular in the Smoky Mountains.  The weather is usually cooler in the mountains.   Hiking boots are advised.  This trip is limited to the first 6 people who sign up.  Estimated trip duration:  3 pm Fri. – 7 pm Sun.

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JULY 25-26 (Saturday – Sunday)
WHITEWATER RAFTING & CAMPING
Ocoee River, TN
Cost: $97
Sign-up by: Friday, July 10

TO SIGN UP:

1. You must be part of VU and have an @vanderbilt.edu email address.
2.   Click here to sign up.
3.  You are not officially signed up until you PAY at the VRWC (Vanderbilt Recreation & Wellness Center).   You must do this within 2 business days of signing up.  Bring $97 cash, check, credit card, debit card, or Vanderbilt Card to theOffice of Campus Recreation on the 2nd floor of the VRWC.  Hours:  8:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday.

 

Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, 7/21 at 6:00 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.  As a bonus, the Ocoee is located in a beautiful gorge.  Estimated trip duration:  7 am Sat. – 7 pm Sun.

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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.