Outdoor Recreation

NOV. 2   (Sat)
HIKING @ Hidden Passage Trail, Pickett State Park, TN
Cost: $29   //   Sign-up by:   Mon, Oct. 28   //   Pre-Trip Meeting:   Tue, Oct 29 at 5 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.

NOV. 1-3 (Fri. -€“ Sun.)
(Int. -€“ Adv.)     CLIMBING & CAMPING @ Red River Gorge, KY
Cost: $115   //   Sign-up by: Mon, Oct. 28   //   Pre-Trip Meeting: Tue, Oct 29 at 6 pm
Join the Outdoor Rec. climbing team for a fall weekend of crushing at one of the country-€™s premier climbing destinations. We will depart Vanderbilt on Friday evening and drive to Slade Kentucky to camp for the night. Our next two days we will be spent sun up to sun down climbing and see us back in Nashville late on Sunday evening. This trip is designed for climbers of all abilities. So, whether you-€™re a seasoned veteran or looking to try your hand at the real thing for the first time, this is a trip not to be missed! Space is limited to 8 participants, so don-€™t delay! Estimated trip duration: 5 pm Fri. -€“ 10 pm Sun

Nov. 9   (Sat)
TRAIL BUILDING or OTHER SERVICE @ Bells Bend Park, Nashville, TN
FREE!   //   Sign-up by:   Fri, Nov. 1   //   Pre-Trip Meeting: Tue, Nov. 5 at 6 pm
Bells Bend 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 either help with trail building or invasive plant removal, or more clean-up around the historic Bell house.   Experienced trail or park volunteers and equipment will be provided. Lunch is also provided, and hiking afterward is an option. Estimated trip duration:   8 am -€“ 3 pm.

NOV. 9   (Sat)
(Beginner -€“ Advanced) CLIMBING @ Kings Bluff, TN
Cost: $22   //   Sign-up by:   Fri, Nov. 1   //   Pre-Trip Meeting:   Tue, Nov. 5 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.

NOV. 10   (Sun)
HIKING @ Radnor Lake State Natural Area, TN
Cost: $3   //   Sign-up by:   Fri, Nov. 1   //   Pre-Trip Meeting:   Wed, Nov. 6 at 5 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.


MAR 1 – 9, 2014     (Sat. -€“ Sun.)
CANOE-CAMPING @ Gulf Coast:   Florida and Alabama
Cost: $385   //  Sign-up by:   Wed, Nov. 20.   //   Pre-Trip Meeting:   Tue, Jan. 7 at 6 pm
We are taking a break from the Grand Canyon trip again this year. Instead, we will be driving down to the Gulf Coast for some more canoeing adventures! This trip was a huge success in 2010 and we are bringing it back, with a few suggested revisions. First, we-€™ll check out the wildlife in Big Lagoon State Park, FL. The lagoon is located just inland from the gulf. Next we-€™ll travel to the Styx River in southern AL for a canoeing day trip on a beautiful river. This will be a learning experience for some and a refreshing of canoeing skills for others. We will bring mostly canoes, but also 2-3 touring kayaks that we can take turns paddling. There will be a chance to hang out at the beach on the coast before heading to Florida-€™s Blackwater River State Forest. We will camp at Bear Lake where we can sleep in, go hiking, or canoeing on the small lake. Finally, we will go on a 5-day, 4-night canoe-camping trip down the incredible Blackwater River. (The water is a dark, tannin-stained color, but it contrasts vividly with the snow-white sand bars at each bend). This is definitely an area that you have to just be there to experience all of its beauty. No experience is necessary for this week of camping and paddling, but you must know how to swim. In order to properly prepare for this fun adventure, plan on attending 2-3 Pre-Trip Meetings. Estimated trip duration:   6:30 am Sat. to 4 pm Sun.   For more info, please check our web at Cost includes: van transportation, in-camp food, group equipment (including the canoes and kayaks), permits, camping fees, entrance fees and a cheap hotel in Alabama on the last night.  Space is limited, so don-€™t delay.

MAR 1 – 7, 2014     (Sat. -€“ Fri.)
Cost: $440   //   Sign-up by:   Wed, Nov. 20   //   Pre-Trip Meeting:   Wed, Jan. 8 at 6 pm
This spring break the Outdoor Rec. team will be heading back to the New River Gorge for an exciting week of climbing and white water rafting in one of the premier destinations in the SE. The New River Gorge is home to thousands of climbs in over 12 different areas that will serve as our wilderness proving ground. So get ready to test your skills on a variety of climbs ranging from slabs to overhanging forearm blasters! In addition to the climbing, we will spend one of our days rafting on the Lower New River. This section of river boasts big water and class IV rapids on a wide portion of the New with great recovery pools! Prior climbing experience is required and participants should be able to comfortably climb 5.7 face and crack climbs. Estimated trip duration:   9 am Sat. to 8 pm Fri.  This trip is limited to 7 participants, SO DON’T DELAY!!! Cost includes: van transportation, food while camping, group equipment, climbing gear (except shoes), camping & entrance fees, and WW rafting fees.


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.