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. Mar 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.



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.


MAY 26 -€“ June 3 (Sat. -€“ Sun.)
CLIMBING, BOULDERING, & CAMPING @ Bishop / Owens River Gorge, CA
** This trip is for Intermediate to Advanced Climbers **
Cost:     $460 + your airfare to Las Vegas, NV
Sign-up by:   Fri, Feb. 10         Pre-Trip Meeting:   Wed, April 18 at 5 PM

Kick off your summer with a climbing trip to one of the West-€™s most renowned climbing areas, Bishop, California!   Just on the leeward side of the high sierra, the Bishop area is home to breath taking scenery and did we mention some the countries best climbing!?!?   Over the course of this week long trip we explore three different bouldering areas each boasting hundreds of problems to test your strength.   In addition to being centrally located to world class boulders, this trip will spend some time exploring the cliffs of the Owens River Gorge.   This gorge is one of the highest concentrations of quality sport climbing in the great state of California.   While the walls offer a wealth of easier climbs, there is a huge variety of 5.10 to 5.11 climbing to be had.   Prior climbing experience is required, and this trip is limited to 6 PARTICIPANTS, SO DON-€™T DELAY SIGNING UP.   More information can be found at Trip cost will cover local van transportation while out West, in-camp food, group equipment, and lodging/camping/permit fees.   NOTE: You must provide your own airfare to Las Vegas, NV.



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.