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Summer 2018: Climb, Camp, Hike, & Raft

May 4 - 9, 2018
New River Gorge National River, WV

Cost:  $399 / $424
Sign-up by:  Friday, Feb. 23

Pre-Trip Meeting:  Monday, March 19 at 5:30 pm

Treat yourself at the end of the semester with the Outdoor Rec’s Adventure Road Trip! This May we are off to the New River Gorge, WV for some incredible hikes, pristine climbing, and adrenaline pumping white water rafting. On the way to “the New” we will be hiking through Grayson Highlands, keeping an eye out for the wild ponies that live there, and then summiting Mt. Rogers (5,729 ft), the highest point in Virginia! From there, we continue to the New River Gorge National River.  Once there we drive across the New River Gorge Bridge, the longest steel span in the western hemisphere and third tallest in the US, to hike along the picturesque gorge wall and down to a coal mine ghost town. Rock climbing and a full day of rafting on class II-V rapids will fill the rest of our time in this gorge-ous place (yes, pun intended). This trip is bound to have a great mix of excitement, relaxation, and a ton of photo ops!  This trip is limited to the first 9 people who sign up !  

Est. trip duration: 7 am Fri. to 10 pm Wed. 

Cost includes: Van transportation from Vanderbilt and back, group equipment, climbing equipment, in-camp food, camping fees, whitewater rafting fees, and park entrance fees. 

Tentative Itinerary

Friday, May 4 – Driving and Grayson Highlands Camping

  • Depart from Vanderbilt University
  • Breakfast and Lunch on the road
  • Arrive at Grayson Highlands State Park, VA (350 mi)
  • Cook dinner and make camp
  • Camp at Grayson Highlands State Park


Saturday, May 5 – Summiting Mt. Rodgers and Wild Ponies

  • Make breakfast/ lunch at camp
  • Summit Mt. Rodgers (5,729 ft) via the Rhododendron and Appalachian Trail
  • 9 miles round trip (RT) and 1,080 feet of elevation change gets us and highest peak in Virginia, wild ponies, and the rhododendrons will be in bloom!
  • Eat lunch on the trail
  • Return to camp at Grayson Highlands State Park
  • Make dinner
  • Camp at Grayson Highlands State Park


Sunday, May 6 – Gorgeous Hiking at the New

  • Eat breakfast and break camp
  • Depart Grayson Highlands State Park, VA
  • Eat lunch on the road
  • Arrive at the New River Gorge, WV (150 mi)
  • Hike 3 of the best NRG hikes (~ 8 total mi):
    • Long point trail (3 mi RT)
    • Endless Wall Trail (3 mi RT)
    • Kaymoor Miners Trail (2 mi RT and 821 stairs)
  • Cook Dinner and make camp at ACE Adventure Outpost, WV


Monday, May 7 – Full Day of Whitewater Rafting

  • Full day of Whitewater Rafting on the New River
  • 20 class II-IV+ rapids on a 10.5 mile stretch
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner served by ACE
  • Camp at ACE Outpost


Tuesday, May 8 – Rock Climbing and a Hotel!

  • Eat breakfast and break camp
  • Rock Climb in the NRG
  • Drive toward Princeton, WV (about 1 hour) and eat dinner on the road
  • Stay at a hotel in Princeton, WV


Wednesday, May 9 – Road Trip back to Vandy

  • Eat breakfast at hotel
  • Drive back to Vanderbilt University (400 mi)