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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


Spring Break 2014: March 1 – 9, 2014  (Saturday – Sunday)
Gulf Coast:  Florida and Alabama
Cost= $385
Sign-up by: Monday, Feb. 10
> Bring $100 cash, check or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register.
Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 6:00 pm.

This trip was a huge success in 2008 and 2010 so we are bringing it back, with a few suggested revisions.  The trip will include car camping at Big Lagoon State Park and Bear Lake in Florida.  There will be a chance to hang out at the beach on the coast before heading to Florida’s Blackwater River State Forest.  We will practice our canoeing skills on Bear Lake before starting our big trip.  We will go on a 5-day, 4-night canoe-camping trip down the  incredible Blackwater River.  (The water is a dark, tannin-stained color, but it contrasts vividly with the snow-white sand bars at each bend).  This is definitely an area that you have to just be there to experience all of its beauty.  No experience is necessary for this week of camping and paddling, but you must know how to swim.    Estimate trip duration:  6:30 am Sat. to 4 pm Sun.

Cost includes: van transportation, in-camp food, group equipment (including the canoes and kayaks), permits, camping fees, entrance fees and a cheap hotel in Alabama on the last night.

Space is limited to the first 8 people who sign up, so don’t delay.

Check out this GulfCoast.fortheweb.14 for more info.

Please contact Linda Rosenkranz, VU ORP Director, at (615) 343-7898 or via email at outdoorrec@vanderbilt.edu if you have any questions regarding this trip.



Spring Break 2014: March 1 – March 7, 2014 (Saturday to Friday)
New River Gorge, WV
Cost: $440
> Bring $100 cash, check or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register.
Sign-up by: Thursday, Feb. 6
Pre-Trip Meeting:  Thursday Feb. 6 @ 5:00 pm

This spring break the Outdoor Rec. team will be heading back to the New River Gorge for an exciting week of climbing and white water rafting in one of the premier destinations in the SE. The New River Gorge is home to thousands of climbs in over 12 different areas that will serve as our wilderness proving ground.  So get ready to test your skills on a variety of climbs ranging from slabs to overhanging forearm blasters!  In addition to the climbing, we will spend one of our days rafting on the Lower New River.  This section of river boasts big water and class IV rapids on a wide portion of the New with great recovery pools! Prior climbing experience is required and participants should be able to comfortably climb 5.7 face and crack climbs.

Estimated trip duration:  9 am Sat. to 8 pm Fri.

This trip is limited to 8 participants, SO DON”T DELAY!!!

Cost includes: van transportation, food while camping, group equipment, climbing gear (except shoes), camping & entrance fees, and WW rafting fees.

Check out this printable PDF for more information:  NRG Information Sheet

Please contact Lee Collette, VU ORP Activities Coordinator, at (615)322-0811 or via email at outdoorrec@vanderbilt.edu if you have any questions regarding this trip.
APRIL 4-5 (Friday – Saturday)
CLIMBING & CAMPING  (Intermediate to Advanced)
Jackson Falls, IL
Cost: $65
>> Bring $30 cash, check or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register.
Sign-up by: Friday, March 28
Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, 4/1 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.  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: 5 pm Fri. – 11 pm Sat.

***Note: Participants should be able to comfortably climb 5.8***
MAY 2-5 (Friday – Monday)
Great Smoky Mountain National Park, TN
Cost: $126
Sign-up by: Friday, April 18
>Bring $56 cash, check or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register.
Pre-Trip Meeting: Monday, 4/21 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.   Estimated trip duration:  8 am Fri.  – 8 pm Mon.


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.