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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


SEPT. 6 (Saturday)
Cummins Falls S.P. and Burgess Falls S.P., TN
Cost:  $24

Sign-up by: Friday, Aug. 29
> Bring $17 cash, check, credit card or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register

 Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, 9/2 at 5:00 pm


Cummins Falls State Park is the newest in Tennessee’s great State Park system.  We will hike throught the woods and along and in a creek bed ending at an incredible waterfall!   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!  We will hike less than 7 miles total.  The pools may not be deep enough for swimming, but you will get cooled off.  Estimated trip duration: 8 am – 6 pm.


OCT. 4  (Saturday)
North Chickamauga Creek State Natural Area, TN  Cost:  $29Sign-up by: Friday, Sept. 26
> Bring $22 cash, check, credit card or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register


 Pre-Trip Meeting:  Wednesday, 10/1 at 5:00 pm

Spend the day hiking the 9 mile trail at beautiful North Chickamauga Creek.  The hiking is moderately difficult, with a few strenuous elevation changes.  Rewards on this hike include going under and on top of bluffs, and a swim in the creek before turning back.   Estimated trip duration:  7 am– 9 pm.


OCT. 24-25 (Fri. – Sat.)
Standing Stone State Park, TN
Cost:  $45

Sign-up by: Friday, Oct. 10
> Bring $17 cash, check, credit card or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register

 Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, 10/21 at 6:00 pm

 We will camp Friday night, and then spend part of Saturday hiking the 5-mile Bryan’s Fork Lake Trail.  The trail, rated “moderate”, follows the lake at times, and also goes up a ridge to a nice overlook.  The fall colors could be pretty spectacular!   We can also drive to Burgess Falls State Park on the way back to VU and see 3 impressive waterfalls in just 1.5 miles of hiking.  Estimated trip duration: 6 pm Fri – 7 pm Sat.


NOV. 9  (Saturday)
Honey Creek State Natural Area, TN
Cost:  $29

Sign-up by: Friday, Oct. 31
> Bring $22 cash, check, credit card or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register

 Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, 11/4         at 6:00 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.  Hopefully, we will see some of the fall colors around us.   Other highlights include hiking below and above rock bluffs, and along scenic creeks.  Estimated trip duration:  7 am – 8 pm.


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.