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Hiking

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.

Upcoming Trips


FEBRUARY 8 (Saturday)
HIKING
Honey Creek State Natural Area, TN
Cost:  $29
Sign-up by: Friday, Jan. 31
> Bring $22 cash, check or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register
Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, 2/4 at 5:00 PM

Honey Creek is located just south of the Big South Fork N.R.A.  This challenging 5.7 mile trail covers rugged, yet amazingly beautiful terrain.  This hike is incredibly “green” due to the pine trees, the rhododendron, and the lush moss found along an intriguing creek. Estimated trip duration:  7 am – 9 pm.

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MARCH 30 (Sunday)
HIKING
Fiery Gizzard Trail, South Cumberland State Park, TN
Cost:  $21
Sign-up by: Friday, March 21
> Bring $15 cash, check or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register
Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, 3/25 at 6:00 PM

This trip will involve hiking a 9.6-mile loop of the difficult, yet rewarding Fiery Gizzard Trial.  Highlights include cascading streams, waterfalls, and panoramic overlooks.  Hiking boots are advised for this very rocky trail.
Estimated trip duration:  7 am – 8 pm.

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APRIL 13 (Sunday)
HIKING
Short Springs State Natural Area, TN
Cost:  $19
Sign-up by: Friday, April 4
Bring $12 cash, check or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register
Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, 4/8 at 5:00 PM

Short Springs is a small 420-acre State Natural Area that includes rich woods, forest ravines, low cascades, springs, and big, beautiful waterfalls.  We will hike the 4.2 mile moderately difficult trail and hang out at the waterfalls.  If time allows, we will hike the 2.6 mile trail at the nearby Old Stone Fort State Park. Estimated trip duration:  8 am – 6 pm.

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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.