Outdoor Recreation


SEPT. 14 – 15   (Fri. – Sat.)
CAMPING & HIKING @Bells Bend Park, TN
Cost:  $33                 Sign-up by: Fri, Sept. 7; Pre-Trip Meeting: Tue, Sept. 11 at 6 PM

This trip will serve as a great introduction to camping! The Bells Bend Park is located west of Vanderbilt, in Davidson County. We have reserved the whole campground, so it should be a fun time. 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 Saturday, 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: 4 PM Fri -€“ 12 noon Saturday.

SEPT. 16   (Sun)
CANOEING @ Piney River, TN
Cost: $34 Sign-up by:   Fri, Sept. 7 Pre-Trip Meeting:   Tue, Sept. 11 at 5 PM

The Piney River is only a little over an hour away, west of Nashville.  We will paddle a scenic 6.6 mile section of the Class I river. This is a great trip for beginner paddlers. Highlights include scenic bluffs and rock walls.  Estimated trip duration:   8 AM -€“ 6 PM.

SEPT. 22   (Sat)
(Beginner -€“ Advanced)    CLIMBING @ Kings Bluff, TN
Cost: $22                 Sign-up by: Fri, Sept. 14; Pre-Trip Meeting:   Wed, Sept. 19 at 5 PM

Wall climbers, it-€™s time to try the -€œreal thing-€! Kings Bluff is a great location for you to experience the fundamentals of rock climbing with our knowledgeable staff. Some climbing experience is preferred, so try the wall first! Shoe rental = $5.50 extra. Estimated trip duration:   9 AM -€“ 5 PM.

SEPT. 22-23   (Sat. -€“ Sun.)
HORSE RIDING, TUBING, & CAMPING @ Great Smoky Mountain National Park, TN
Cost:   $115           Sign-up by: Fri, Sept. 14; Pre-Trip Meeting:   Tue, Sept. 18 at 6 PM

This is a fun trip to the scenic Smoky Mountains. On Saturday, we will drive to Townsend and go tubing down the Smoky-€™ s Little River. Then we will set up camp in the Elkmont campground. Sunday morning we will go horseback riding on trails in the Park! The trip cost includes a 1-hour ride for beginners. Experienced riders can pay $30 more for a 2-hour ride. Estimated trip duration: 9 AM Sat. -€“   6 PM Sun.

SEPT. 23   (Sun)
KAYAKING @ Duck River, TN
Cost: $41                 Sign-up by: Friday, Sept. 14; Pre-Trip Meeting:   Tue, Sept. 18 at 5 PM

The Duck River is a nice river with wooded banks and large, beautiful rock bluffs. We will paddle a 7.6 mile stretch of the river, from Cortner Mill to the Hwy 41 bridge, just east of Shelbyville. The mill provides a great place for swimming and playing in the water before we even start kayaking. Beginners are welcome on this Class I river. We may see . . . ducks! Estimated trip duration:   7 AM -€“ 6 PM.

SEPT. 28 – 29   (Fri.-Sat.)
Cost: $112             Sign-up by: Fri, Sept. 14; Pre-Trip Meeting:   Tue, Sept. 25 at 6:00 PM

Whitewater rafting on the Ocoee River is packed with fun and excitement on back-to-back rapids! After camping out on Friday, we will be guided down the mighty Middle Ocoee in rafts of 5-6 paddlers each. No experience is necessary. We-€™ll eat lunch and have a chance to shower before heading back. The tip your guide is included. Estimated trip duration: 6 PM Fri. -€“ 7 PM Sat.


DEC. 16 – 22, 2012     (Sun. -€“ Sat.
Cost: $1,121 (but you can save $75 if you sign up by Sept. 28!)
Sign-up by:   Fri, Oct 12 **
Pre-Trip Meeting:  Mon, Nov. 5 at 5:30 PM

Join us for our 17th annual semester break ski/snowboard trip! The price includes air (RT: Nashville to Denver) and bus transportation to our condo, 6 nights lodging, and a 4 of 5 day lift ticket to Steamboat Springs, Ski Town USA, with 165 named trails and 16 lifts. The base elevation is 6,900 feet, with 9,080 feet at mid-mountain and 10,568-€™ on top of Mt. Werner. A shuttle runs from our condo to the resort, but it is also within walking distance. We will be staying in the Lodge Condominiums, located 200 yards from the slopes. These large condos have the usual, plus free wifi and laundry facilities on the premises. There is also an indoor hot tub, two outdoor hot tubs, and an outdoor heated swimming pool. The rate we are paying is for -€œfull occupancy-€, which means two people are assigned per bed. If you want a bed to yourself or if a group wants to secure a unit all to themselves, there will be an additional $300 fee for every spot less than 6. We will have more ski trip info on the web, including the -€œMeet us in Denver-€ and -€œMeet us in Steamboat-€ price. Check out our site at
**  SAVE $75 IF YOU SIGN UP BY FRI,   SEPT. 28 !!

July 20 -€“ Aug. 3, 2013     (Sat. -€“ Sat.)
SEA KAYAKING and BACKPACKING @ ALASKA: Anchorage, Whittier, Seward, Prince William Sound, Caines Head State Park, Exit Glacier
Cost: $1,945.00 + your airfare to and from Anchorage, AK
Sign-up by:   Friday, Sept. 28.
Pre-Trip Meeting:   Tue, Nov. 27 at 6 PM

In the summer of 2013, a trip coordinator from the Outdoor Recreation Program and Lee Collette, Activities Coordinator for Outdoor Rec., will set out with a crew of 6-8 participants to the great wilderness of Alaska. Our plan will be, over the course of 15 days, to immerse ourselves in the wilderness (both land and sea) as well as the unique cultural and ecological heritage of this state. The expedition will begin with a 4 day sea kayaking portion in the Prince William Sound. Beginning out of Whittier, AK, we will be taxied by boat to Port Nellie Juan, often referred to as -€œLittle Yosemite-€, where we will explore the back bays, tide water glaciers, and indulge our adventurous spirit in this remote haven. From our sea kayaking portion will drive south to Seward, AK on the Kenai Peninsula. After spending a couple of days gathering supplies and immersing ourselves in the local Alaskan hospitality, we will again head into the back country. Spending three days backpacking in the Caines Head State Park we will get a different view of the land around us. This portion of the trip will be finalized with a glacier hike where we will literally trek across Exit Glacier. This icing on the cake will bring our expedition full circle in providing us the intimate experience of being on one of the glaciers that has shaped the land we have been calling home.

This trip is designed with the inexperienced and seasoned veteran both in mind.   Our time is going to be spent catering to both our adventurous and carefree spirits all at once.   Through balancing our backcountry time with a dose of front country decadence, we hope to offer a well-rounded experience.

Registration for this trip began on August 22nd and space is limited to the first 8 people.   DO NOT miss out on this amazing opportunity. To register:   Bring $300.00 (cash or check) to the Outdoor Rec. Center during business hours.


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 Thur 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.