Outdoor Recreation

FEB. 23 (Sat)
HIKING @ Bearwaller Gap Trail, TN
Cost: $19  /   Sign-up by:  Mon, Feb. 18   /   Pre-Trip Meeting:   Tue, Feb 19 at 5 pm

Join us on a short, difficult, yet rewarding hike on the Bearwaller Gap Trail that overlooks the Cordell Hull Lake.   We plan on hiking 5.6 miles on a trail that climbs and descends numerous times.   The rewards include rocky overlooks, old home sites, rock gardens, beautiful shoreline, and small waterfalls.   Estimated trip duration:   8 am -€“ 5 pm.

MAR 16   (Sat)
CLIMBING (Intermediate to Advanced Climbers) @ Foster Falls, TN
Cost: $33   /   Sign-up by:   Wed, Feb. 27    /   Pre-Trip Meeting:   Tue, Mar 12 at 5 pm

Come enjoy the early spring weather with a day of climbing at Foster Falls!   Located near Jasper, TN, this climbing destination boasts a great concentration of quality routes to test your climbing prowess.   With a short approach hike, Foster Falls has a little bit to offer any person willing to push themselves in a vertical environment.   From face and crack climbs to tenuous slabs and overhanging pump fests, this trip will provide a great opportunity for those looking to take their climbing to the next level.   Price includes food, transportation, and technical climbing equipment.   Climbing shoe rental is $5.50 extra.   Estimated trip duration: 8 am – 7 pm.  Note: This is not a beginner trip. Participants should be able to comfortably 5.9 to really get the most out of this day.

MAR 16 (SAT)
TREE PLANTING & PARK CLEAN-UP @ Beaman Park, Nashville, TN
Cost: *FREE!* / Sign-up by: Wed., Feb. 27 / Pre-Trip Meeting: Tue., Mar. 12 at 6 p.m.

Beaman Park is a relatively new park in Nashville that is being developed as a more natural park, rather than a -€œball field park-€.   This time we will plant trees, remove invasive species, and pick up trash in the new section of the park.     Experienced park staff and equipment will be provided to help us.   Lunch is also provided, and hiking afterward is an option.   Estimated trip duration:   8 am -€“ 3 pm


May 18 -€“ 26 (Sat to Sun)
@  Buffalo National River, Arkansas
Cost: $390   /   Sign-up BEGINS:
Mon, Jan. 7, 2013 (from 12 noon -€“ 6 pm.)   / Sign-up by: Thu, Feb. 28, 2013
Bring $100 cash, check, or Vanderbilt Card to the Outdoor Rec. Center

The Buffalo National River of northwest Arkansas is one of America-€™s finest free flowing rivers. This entire trip will be in the national park; the Buffalo was the first river named as a national river in the United States. We plan on paddling 63 miles in 7 days on this beautiful river. The first day will have some whitewater rapids, but the rest of the trip will be a moderate to easy Class 1 float. Massive limestone bluffs, waterfalls, and side hikes will add to the fun of this trip. We will camp every night on the river in either a developed campsite or along a more remote gravel bar. We will have one day of rest, where we will not pack up and paddle. We will be primarily paddling canoes, 2 people plus gear per boat. We will also have 2-3 long kayaks on the trip to give everyone the chance to paddle a kayak. Previous paddling experience is helpful, but not required. Participants must know how to swim. We will stay in a cheap hotel on the last night of the trip, in Conway, Arkansas. Participants are expected to attend three Pre-Trip Meetings in 2013. Estimated trip duration: 7:00 AM Sat. to 4 PM Sun.

Cost includes: van transportation, on-the-river food, hotel at the end of the trip, group camping equipment, river bags, paddling jackets, canoes, kayaks, and paddling gear.  Space is limited to the first 12 people that sign up, so don-€™t delay.


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.