Canoeing trips utilize canoes for two people to paddle, generally down a river. We mostly offer day trips on Class I rivers. These are easy-flowing rivers. Occasionally, we offer a whitewater canoe trip, to a Class II – III river. Our trips are designed for a group of 10-14 people, and require no previous experience. Each trip is led by Outdoor Rec. Trip Coordinators who are experienced in canoeing. Canoeing equipment, complete with canoes, paddles, and lifejackets, is included in the trip price.
JUNE 15 (Saturday)
CANOEING (Families welcome)
Harpeth River, TN
Sign-up by: Friday, June 7
> Bring $12 cash, check or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register.
Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, 6/11 at 6:00 pm
The Harpeth River is a State Scenic River which is only an hour from Nashville. We will be paddling a nice 6.4 mile stretch of river from Kingston Springs to the Gossett Tract. Beginners are welcome! Note: Children ages 6-17 are allowed on this trip if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Estimated trip duration: 9 am – 4 pm.
JULY 6 (Saturday)
WHITEWATER CANOEING (Beginner to Intermediate)
Hiwassee River, TN
Sign-up by: Friday, June 28
> Bring $40 cash, check or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register.
Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, 7/2 at 5:00 pm
Beat the summer heat by joining the Outdoor Rec. team for a day of exciting rapid
running on the Hiwassee, a state scenic river. The 5.5 mile stretch of the Hiwassee is a fantastic introduction to WW Canoeing and offers a number of Class I – II+ rapids to test your paddling prowess. Participants must be able to swim and canoeing experience is not required.
Estimated trip duration: 6 am – 9 pm.
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.
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.