Our hiking trips can range in trail mileage, difficulty of the terrain, and distance from Nashville. One common denominator, however, is the beauty of the hills, overlooks, creeks, and waterfalls of Tennessee! Our trips are designed for a group of 10-12 people, and require no previous experience. Each trip is led by Outdoor Rec. Trip Coordinators who are experienced in hiking. Hiking boots are recommended for many of the hikes due to the rocky terrain.
Sign-up by: Friday, June 13
> Bring $17 cash, check, credit card or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register
Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, 6/17 at 6:00 pm
Cummins Falls State Park is the newest in Tennessee’s great State Park system. We hope to hike along the Blackburn Fork Creek to the waterfall and either back-track or find a shorter hike up and out. Once we are at Cummins Falls, we will spend some time playing in the water. Burgess Falls State Park is less than an hour from Cummins Falls and it has 3 large waterfalls on a 1.5 mile hike. The final fall is the tallest, and the hike to the bottom is rewarded by a chance to get wet! The pools may not be deep enough for swimming, but you will get cooled off. Estimated trip duration: 8 am – 6 pm.
Sign-up by: Thursday, July 3
> Bring $18 cash, check, credit card or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register
Pre-Trip Meeting: Wednesday, 7/9 at 5:00 pm
Collins Gulf is one of the newer entrances at the South Cumberland Recreation Area. We will be hiking 6.4 miles, rated moderately difficult. Although this trip will involve some back-tracking, the rewards include playing in the water at Horsepound Falls and at the bridge over the Collins River. Of course, there will also be one spectacular overlook. Spend a day at one of the best parks in Tennessee. Estimated trip duration: 7 am – 9 pm.
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.