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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



FEB. 7 (Saturday)
HIKING
Bearwaller Gap Trail, TN
Cost:  $22

Sign-up by: 1 pm Friday, Feb. 6

TO SIGN UP:
1. You must be part of VU and have an @vanderbilt.edu email address.
2.  Click here to sign up.
3.  You are not officially signed up until you PAY at the VRWC (Vanderbilt Recreation & Wellness Center).   You must do this within 2 business days of signing up.  Bring $31 cash, check, credit card, debit card, or Vanderbilt Card to the Office of Campus Recreation on the 2nd floor of the VRWC.  Hours:  8:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday.

Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, 2/3 at 5:00 pm

Join us on a short, difficult, yet rewarding hike on the Bearwaller Gap Trail that overlooks the Cordell Hull Lake.  We plan on hiking 5.6 miles on a trail that climbs and descends numerous times.  The rewards include rocky overlooks, old home sites, rock gardens, beautiful shoreline, and small waterfalls.  Estimated trip duration:  8 am – 5 pm.

 

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MARCH 21 (Saturday)
HIKING
Twin Arches, Big South Fork NRRA, TN
Cost:  $31
Sign-up by: Friday, March 13

TO SIGN UP:
1. You must be part of VU and have an @vanderbilt.edu email address.
2.  Click here to sign up.
3.  You are not officially signed up until you PAY at the VRWC (Vanderbilt Recreation & Wellness Center).   You must do this within 2 business days of signing up.  Bring $31 cash, check, credit card, debit card, or Vanderbilt Card to the Office of Campus Recreation on the 2nd floor of the VRWC.  Hours:  8:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday.

Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, 3/17 at 6:00 pm

Located approximately 150 miles northeast of Nashville, the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is a great place for hiking.  We will either split into two hiking groups and hike opposite directions on a series of trails totaling 9.9 miles or hike 6.0 miles as one group. The hike is rated moderately difficult, so hiking boots are advised. Highlights include the impressive Twin Arches, Slave Falls, massive rock walls and incredible overhangs!    Frozen icicles could add to the beauty of this hike.  (Bring extra money for eating dinner out on the way back.)  Estimated trip duration:  7 am – 9 pm.

 

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April 18  (Saturday)
HIKING
Radnor Lake State Park, TN
Cost:  $3
Sign-up by: Friday, April 10

TO SIGN UP:
1. You must be part of VU and have an @vanderbilt.edu email address.
2.  Click here to sign up.
3.  You are not officially signed up until you PAY at the VRWC (Vanderbilt Recreation & Wellness Center).   You must do this within 2 business days of signing up.  Bring $3 cash, check, credit card, debit card, or Vanderbilt Card to the Office of Campus Recreation on the 2nd floor of the VRWC.  Hours:  8:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday.

Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, 4/14 at 6:00 pm

This is your chance for a morning break in the beautiful springtime woods!  Radnor Lake is a State Park that is surprisingly within Nashville.  We will hike about 3 hours or 4-5 miles, up and down wooded ridges and around the lake.  Food is not allowed in this park, so we will be back in time for you to eat lunch on your own.  Estimated trip duration:  8 am – 12 noon.

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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.