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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



SEPTEMBER 17 (Saturday)
HIKING
The Great Stone Door, South Cumberland State Park, TN
Cost:  $25
Sign-up by: Friday, Sept. 9

TO SIGN UP:

1. You must be part of VU and have an @vanderbilt.edu email address.

2.  Click here to SIGN UP and pay on-line!

 

Pre-Trip MeetingTuesday, 9/13 at 5:00 pm in the Outdoor Rec. Center, 2600 Children’s Way.

South Cumberland is home of the Great Stone Door, awesome overlooks, and wonderful waterfalls. We plan to hike 7.1 miles (two groups in opposite directions), spending some time at the overlooks and waterfalls. The hike is rated easy to moderate. Spend a day hiking and hanging out at one of the best parks in Tennessee. Be prepared to get wet at Greeter Falls. Estimated trip duration: 7 am – 8 pm.

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SEPTEMBER 25 (Sunday)
HIKING
Radnor Lake State Park, Nashville, TN
Cost:  $6
Sign-up by:  midnight, Thursday, Sept. 22

TO SIGN UP:

1. You must be part of VU and have an @vanderbilt.edu email address.

2.  Click here to SIGN UP and pay on-line!

 

Pre-Trip MeetingTuesday, 9/20 at 6:00 pm in the Outdoor Rec. Center, 2600 Children’s Way.

This is your chance to go for a hike with your parents or family at the nearby Radnor Lake. This 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. There is plenty of wildlife and nice views of the lake for your enjoyment. Total hiking distance is 4 – 5 miles. (Note: this is during the VU Family Weekend.) Estimated trip duration: 8 am – 12 noon.

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OCTOBER 22 (Saturday)
HIKING
Twin Arches, Big South Fork Nat’l River & Recreation Area, TN
Cost:  $27
Sign-up by: Tuesday, Oct. 11
 

TO SIGN UP:

1. You must be part of VU and have an @vanderbilt.edu email address.

2.  Click here to SIGN UP and pay on-line!

 

Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, 10/18 at 5:00 pm in the Outdoor Rec. Center, 2600 Children’s Way.

Join us on either a 5.6 or a 7.8 mile moderately difficult hike in the impressive Big South Fork National Recreation Area. Highlights include Slave Falls, massive rock walls, overhangs, and the Twin Arches, the largest natural bridge complex in Tennessee. Fall colors could add to the beauty of this hike. Estimated trip duration: 7 am – 9 pm.

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OCTOBER 28-30 (Friday – Sunday)
CAMPING & HIKING
Great Smoky Mountain National Park, TN
Cost:  $99
Sign-up by: Friday, Oct. 21

TO SIGN UP:

1. You must be part of VU and have an @vanderbilt.edu email address.

2.  Click here to SIGN UP and pay on-line!

 

Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, 10/25 at 6:00 pm in the Outdoor Rec. Center, 2600 Children’s Way.

Join us in camping for 2 nights at the Cosby Campground in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Saturday, we will hike 10.4 moderate to 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.

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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 ORC rental hours. This is also where the Pre-Trip Meeting takes place. Trips are open to all VU students, faculty, staff, and VRWC members. Alcohol is not permitted on any trip.