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.
SEPTEMBER 13 (Sunday)
Fierry Gizzard Trail, S.C.S.P., TN
Sign-up by: Friday, Sept. 4
Pre-Trip Meeting: Wednesday, 9/9 at 5:00 pm in the ORC.
This trip will involve hiking a 9.6-mile loop of the difficult, yet rewarding Fiery Gizzard Trial. Highlights will include cascading streams, waterfalls, and panoramic overlooks. Hiking boots are advised for this very rocky trail. Estimated trip duration: 7 am – 7 pm.
OCTOBER 24 (Saturday)
Hidden Passage Trail, Pickett S.P., TN
Sign-up by: Wednesday, Oct. 14
Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, 10/20 at 5:00 pm at the ORC
This is a spectacular 10-mile (moderately difficult) trail located in Pickett State Park. Massive layers of sandstone provide many attractive features, such as tunnels, bluffs, natural bridges, and beautiful overlooks. Hopefully we will see some fall colors. No experience is necessary. Estimated trip duration: 7 am – 9 pm.
OCT. 30 – NOV. 1 (Fri. – Sun.)
CAMPING & HIKING
Great Smoky Mountain National Park, TN
Sign-up by: Friday, Oct. 23
Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, 10/27 at 6:00 pm at the ORC
Join us in camping for 2 nights at the Cosby Campground in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Saturday, we will hike 10.4 moderately difficult miles, up to Low Gap and to the Mount Cammerer Lookout Tower to check out the views of the beautiful, colorful Smokies. Sunday’s 5 mile easy hike will be along the scenic Big Creek. Camping in the fall in the Smokies . . . it should be a great weekend. Bring money for meals on the road. Estimated trip duration: 3 pm Fri – 7 pm Sun.
NOVEMBER 1 (Sunday)
Radnor Lake State Park, TN
Sign-up by: Friday, Oct. 23
Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, 10/27 at 5:00 pm in the ORC.
This is your chance for an afternoon break in the woods! Radnor Lake is a nice State Park that is surprisingly within Nashville! Plan on hiking about 3 hours: up and down the wooded ridges and around the lake. Total hiking distance is 4 – 5 miles. Estimated trip duration: 1 pm – 5 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.