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.
SEPTEMBER 7 (Saturday)
Great Stone Door, South Cumberland State Rec. Area, TN
Sign-up by: Friday, Aug. 30
> Bring $20 cash, check or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register
Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, 9/3 at 5:00 PM
South Cumberland is home of the Great Stone Door, awesome overlooks, and wonderful waterfalls. We will be hiking about 10 miles of trails, 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.
OCTOBER 5 – 6 (Saturday – Sunday)
CAMPING & HIKING
Bells Bend Park, TN
Sign-up by: Friday, Sept. 27
> Bring $10 cash, check or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register
Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, 10/1 at 6:00 pm
This trip will serve as a great introduction to camping! The Bells Bend Park is located west of Vanderbilt, in Davidson County. We will get there in time to cook dinner and set up our tents. If it is not cloudy, this is a great location for star gazing. On Sunday, we will cook breakfast, break camp, and go for an easy 2 – 4 mile hike. Expect to see some wildlife and experience a peaceful feeling of being in this beautiful location. Estimated trip duration: 3 pm Sat. – 12 noon Sunday.
OCTOBER 20 (Sunday)
Walls of Jericho Wilderness Area, TN
Sign-up by: Friday, Oct. 4
> Bring $18 cash, check or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register
Pre-Trip Meeting: Wednesday, 10/16 at 5:00 PM
The Walls of Jericho is the newest Wilderness Area, located on Tennessee/Alabama border. We will hike 7 miles total, but the trail is rated difficult due to the 1130’ elevation change. The reward is the destination, a simply beautiful creek surrounded by steep walls. Come check it out! Estimated trip duration: 7 am – 6 pm.
NOVEMBER 2 (Saturday)
Hidden Passage Trail, Pickett State Park, TN
Sign-up by: 6pm on Thursday, Oct. 31
> Bring $22 cash, check or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register
Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, 10/29 at 5:00 PM
This is a spectacular 10-mile (moderately difficult) trail located in Pickett State Park. Massive layers of sandstone provide many attractive features, such as tunnels, bluffs, natural bridges, and beautiful overlooks. Hopefully we will still see some fall colors. No experience is necessary. Estimated trip duration: 7 am – 9 pm.
NOVEMBER 10 (Sunday)
Radnor Lake State Natural Area, TN
Sign-up by: Friday, Nov. 1
> Bring $3 cash, check or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register
Pre-Trip Meeting: Wednesday, 11/6 at 5:00 PM
This is your chance for an afternoon break in the woods! Radnor Lake is a nice State Natural Area that is surprisingly within Nashville! Plan on hiking about 3 hours: up and down the wooded ridges and around the lake. Total hiking distance is 4 – 5 miles. Estimated trip duration: 1 pm – 5 pm.
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.