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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

MARCH 27-29 (Fri. – Sun.)
Climbing and Camping
Jackson Falls, IL

Cost:  $73

>> Bring $73 cash, check, credit card or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register.

Sign-up by: Friday, March 20

Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, 3/24 at 6:00 pm

Join the VU Outdoor Rec. Program as we head to the mid-west climbing location of Jackson Falls, IL.   This trip will offer participants the opportunity to test their climbing skills on bullet hard sand stone cliffs.  We will depart Friday night to camp out and spend the duration of our Saturday climbing.  We will also climb half the day on Sunday before heading back.  Jackson Falls offers a plethora of climbing styles to push your prowess and abilities.  Price includes all technical climbing gear, instruction, group camping gear, transportation and food while on site.   Climbing shoe rental is $5.50 extra.  Estimated trip duration: 6 pm Fri. – 5 pm Sun.

***Note: Participants should be able to comfortably climb 5.8***


APRIL 10-11 (Friday – Saturday)
Ocoee River, TN

Cost: $94

Sign-up by: Friday, March 27

>Bring $94 cash, check, credit card or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register.

Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, 4/7 at 5:00 pm

Whitewater rafting on the Ocoee River is packed with fun and excitement on back-to-back rapids!  After camping out Friday night, we will be guided down the mighty Ocoee in rafts of 5-6 paddlers each.  As a bonus, the Ocoee River is located in a beautiful gorge.   No experience is necessary. The tip for your guide is included.  Estimated trip duration:  6 pm Fri. – 7 pm Sat.


MAY 1 – 4 (Friday – Monday)
Great Smoky Mountain National Park, TN
Cost: $126

Sign-up by: Friday, April 10
>Bring $126 cash, check, credit card or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register.

Pre-Trip Meeting: Monday, 4/20 at 5:00 pm

Springtime in the Smokies:  a perfect way to round off another semester at Vanderbilt!  We plan on hiking three 5-8 mile days up, down, and around the Smokies.  Specific trails are still to be determined.  Beginners are welcome, but you need to be in shape, as the terrain will be challenging!  Be prepared for all types of weather.   Est. trip duration:  8 am Fri.  – 8 pm Mon.


MAY 16-23 (Sat. to Sat.)
Climbing, Hiking, and Camping
Zion National Park, UT
Cost:  $675 + your round trip airfare to Las Vegas

Sign-up by: Friday, March 13

>> Bring $200 cash, check, credit card, or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register.

Pre-Trip Meeting:  Wednesday, 3/25 at 5:00 pm

The Vanderbilt Outdoor Recreation Program will be headed out west this summer to climb, rappel, hike, and otherwise scramble through the canyons of southern Utah.  We will meet in the Las Vegas Airport and then drive 3.5 hours northeast to the campground at Zion National Park.  If you get excited at the notion of hiking to the top of spots with names like, “Angel’s Landing” or rappelling deep into “Mystery Canyon,” only to scramble on and see sights few get the chance to see, then this trip is for you.   Come make your summer an enchanting one!  Prior climbing experience is required and participants should be able to comfortably climb 5.8 slab, face, and crack climbs to get the most out of this experience.



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.