Our camping and hiking trips are great for those who want to get outside and camp without having to carry all the equipment on their back. We will “car camp” or camp with the van in close proximity, usually with picnic tables, fire rings, and restrooms of some sort. Our trips are designed for a group of 10-15 people, and require no previous experience. Each trip is led by Outdoor Rec. Trip Coordinators who are experienced in camping and hiking. Group equipment, such as tents, stoves, cooking gear, is included in the trip price. The hiking part of the trip is simply a day hike.
July 13 – 14 (Saturday to Sunday)
Green River, KY . . . in Mammoth Cave National Park
Sign-up by: Friday, July 5
> Bring $24 cash, check or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register.
Pre-Trip Meeting: Wednesday, 7/10 at 5:00 pm
Although this National Park is known for its caves, it actually has a great river for
canoe-camping. The Green River is a fairly deep river with beautiful tree covered hills
surrounding it. We plan on camping on an island about halfway down the 12 mile stretch of river. Highlights include checking out some small caves along the way. Estimated trip duration: 7 am Sat. – 5 pm Sun.
Cost includes: van transportation, on-the-river food, group camping equipment, river bags, canoes, and paddling gear. Space is limited to the first 12 people that sign up, so don’t delay.
AUGUST 3 – 4 (Saturday – Sunday)
WHITEWATER RAFTING and CAMPING and HIKING
Ocoee River, TN
Sign-up by: Friday, July 19
> Bring $60 cash, check or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register.
Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, 7/30 at 5:00 pm
Whitewater rafting on the Ocoee River is packed with fun and excitement on back-to-back rapids! We will leave early Saturday and camp and hike near the scenic Hiwassee River or Ocoee River. Sunday morning we will be guided down the middle section of the mighty Ocoee in rafts of 5-6 paddlers each. The tip for your guide is included. NOTE: The summer version of this trip is the “best deal” of the year for WW Rafting with the ORC. Estimated trip duration: 7 am Sat. – 7 pm Sun.
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 (along Children’s Way and the Intramural Fields behind the Student Recreation Center) during rental hours. This is also where trip sign-up takes place. Trips are open to all VU students, faculty, staff, and Rec. Center members. Alcohol is not permitted on any trip.