Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor Recreation Center


Spring Break Rentals and Hours

Reservations:   Pay in full at the time of the reservation, up to 30 days in advance.   See for details.

Pick up Gear:   Wed. Feb. 29 to Fri. March 3

Outdoor Rec Center – CLOSED:   March 4-12

Return Spring Break Gear:   Mon. Mar 13 -€“ Wed. Mar 15.

Any gear returned after Wed. Mar 15 will be considered late.




FEB. 25   (Sat)
HIKING @ Twin Arches Trail,   Big South Fork, TN
Cost: $31               Sign-up by:   Friday, Feb. 17                                   Pre-Trip Meeting:   Tue, Feb. 21 at 5 PM

Join us on a 9.9 mile, moderately difficult hike in the impressive Big South Fork National Recreation Area.   Highlights include Slave Falls, massive rock walls, overhangs, and the Twin Arches, the largest natural bridge complex in Tennessee.   Frozen icicles could add to the beauty of this hike.   Estimated trip duration:   7 AM -€“ 8 PM.



MAR. 17-18 (Sat. -€“ Sun.)
BACKPACKING @ Great Stone Door, SCRA, TN
Cost: $43               Sign-up by:   Wednesday, Feb. 29       Pre-Trip Meeting:   Tue, Mar 13 at 6 PM

The Stone Door / Alum Gap loop is a classic route for backpacking.   This 9.2 mile trail, with its variety of terrain, is great for beginners.   Highlights will include the Great Stone Door and other awesome overlooks.   We will also see up to four waterfalls, including the impressive Greeter Falls.   Estimated trip duration:   7 AM Sat. -€“ 6 PM Sun



MAR. 17 (Sat.)
RIVER ACCESS BUILDING @ Harpeth River State Park, TN
* Free! *                 Sign-up by:   Wed, Feb. 29       Pre-Trip Meeting:   Tue, Mar. 13 at 5 PM

The Harpeth River State Park has many access points.   This is a location that we helped clean up two years ago, and now we can help with the next step. The project will involve use of hand tools and power tools, lifting,  raking, shoveling and  other tasks associated with  trail work.  We will be building  wooden steps flush with the ground to stabilize the bank and minimize erosion.   Gloves, tools, and lunch will be provided.   Afterwards there will be an optional hike to a nice overlook.   Estimated trip duration:   8 AM -€“ 5 PM.


MAR 23-25 (Fri. -€“ Sun.)
** This trip is for Intermediate to Advanced Climbers **

Cost: $72                                     Sign-up by:   Fri, Mar. 16                               Pre-Trip Meeting:   Tue, Mar. 20 at 6 PM

Come join us for a weekend of splitter spring climbing at one of Tennessee-€™s premier Trad climbing destinations, the T-Wall.   Over the course of this weekend, participants will have the chance to learn the ropes of Trad climbing and test their limits while rock climbing.       Intermediate to advanced climbers welcome.   Climbing shoe rental is $5.50 extra.   Estimated trip duration: 5 PM Fri. to 6 PM Sun.



MAR. 24 (Sat)
HIKING @ Fiery Gizzard Trail, SCRA, TN
Cost: $21               Sign-up by:   Fri, Mar 16                                 Pre-Trip Meeting:   Tue, Mar, 20 at 5 PM

This trip will involve hiking a 9.6-mile loop of the pretty difficult, yet rewarding Fiery Gizzard Trial.   Highlights will include cascading streams, waterfalls, and panoramic overlooks.   Hiking boots are advised for this rocky trail.   Estimated trip duration:   7 AM -€“ 7 PM.



To sign up for a trip, come to the Outdoor Recreation Center (ORC), located on 2600 Children’s Way, kind of behind the Student  Rec. Center, and pay a deposit or the full amount of the trip.     The ORC accepts cash, check, and the Vanderbilt Commodore Card.   For more info on trips, workshops, and equipment rentals, check out the web at


Outdoor Recreation Hours:

Mon and Fri 12 noon – 6 p.m.

Tue, Wed, and Thu 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.