Providing enjoyable, challenging, and affordable programs
ETSU Campus Recreation Outdoor Adventure (OA) offers a variety of fun outdoor trips. We are committed to providing enjoyable, challenging, and affordable programs that provide students with positive outdoor experiences that teach skills and knowledge to safely enjoy the outdoors. Our goal through these programs is to develop positive attitudes and actions that foster an environmental ethic by connecting to nature, and to one another.
Spring 2022 Outdoor Adventure Trip Schedule (Check back soon for Fall 2022 Offerings)
Moonlight Hike Thursday, January 27 5:00pm - 8:00pm Cost: FREE
You see it in the distance form campus but now it’s time to hike it! Join Outdoor Adventure and our guides on a moonlight hike on the White Rocks Loop Trail at Buffalo Mountain. Cut by a bubbling creek, this local forest area offers wildlife and nature opportunities just minutes from campus. Challenge yourself and see if you can point out campus or find your dorm from the overlooks all by the light of the moon!
Caving at Worley's Cave Saturday, February 5 10:00am - 4:00pm Cost: $15
Delve into the heart of the Earth on this unique voyage in Worley's cave in East TN. Filled with pillars, a creek, blind fish, and fossils. Led by knowledgeable OA staff, the trip takes you into the comfortable atmosphere of the Earth's limestone crust. Come experience life underground and what true darkness really is! A perfect cold weather activity as the cave is warm during the winter!
Caving at Appalachian Caverns Saturday, February 19 10:00am - 4:00pm Cost: $15
Delve into the heart of the Earth on this unique voyage in Appalachian Caverns. Filled with pillars, a creek, blind fish, and fossils. Led by knowledgeable OA staff, the trip takes you into the comfortable atmosphere of the Earth's limestone crust. Come experience life underground and what true darkness really is! A perfect cold weather activity as the cave is warm during the winter!
Moonlight Hike to the Pinnacle Fire Tower Thursday, February 24 5:00pm-9:00pm Cost: FREE
Do you want a full view of East Tennessee and its mountain home by moonlight? Join Outdoor Adventure for an evening hike to the top of the Pinnacle Fire Tower. One of only a handful of fire towers left in our region, this restored, covered structure offers a full 360-degree view of the Valley Beautiful and even all the way into Western North Carolina. Spend time in fellowship with friends with an amazing view.
The Great Channels Day Hike Saturday, March 5 8:00am - 5:00pm Cost: $10
Join OA for a day hike to the incredibly unique Great Channels in Virginia. The Great Channels are a 20-acre labyrinth of sandstone formed during the last ice age, stashed away along the 4,208-foot crest of Middle Knob. See stone formations unlike anything else in the area and enjoy time with friends out in nature.
Spring Break - Backpacking Trip to Linville Gorge Saturday, March 12 - Wednesday, March 16 8:00am Sat. - Afternoon Wed. Cost: $100
Travel through the amazing Linville Gorge with Outdoor Adventure! We will be traversing through an incredible wilderness area that includes the gorge, waterfalls, amazing views, and iconic landscapes. Transportation is provided. Outdoor Adventure can also provide backpacking gear including tents, sleeping bags and pads, backpacks, and all cookware. Food will also be provided and include a diverse and alergy friendly menu.
Sand Cave at Cumberland Gap Day Hike Saturday, March 26 8:00am - 6:00pm Cost: $10
Join OA as we visit a geologic wonder of Southwest Virginia. Hike along beautiful trees and rocks to the 250-foot-wide half-dome Sand Cave. Inside, an acre of soft, beach-like sand awaits the driven few that have chosen to hike to Sand Cave. Led by OA staff, bring your friends for photos and time in nature.
Tweetsie Trail Biking Day Saturday, April 2 10:00am - 4:00pm Cost: $5 CANCELED!
Join Outdoor Adventure for a ride on the Tweetsie Trail. This rails-to-trails project connects Eat Tennessee to Western North Carolina and rides on a relatively flat grade through beautiful natural settings. Outdoor Adventure will provide transportation, bikes, and helmets. Guided by OA Staff, we will show you the sights and features of the trail. Spend a day of fun with friends and peddle through history.
Grandfather Mountain Day Hike Saturday, April 9 8:00am - 5:00pm Cost: $10
Why pay to get to the top of Grandfather Mountain when you can travel there on your own two feet? Join OA and hike to Profile Trail from Grandfather Mountain State Park to the peak. Beginning as a scenic, rolling pathway through seasonal wildflowers, this trail crosses the Watauga River and travels under a hardwood canopy for much of its length. Then ascends to the Foscoe View. Bring your friends for a fun adventure..
Meet Us There Paddle Day On Watauga Lake Saturday, April 30 11:00pm - 4:00pm Cost: FREE
All you have to do is show up and we take care of the rest! Join Outdoor Adventure for a day on the waters of Watauga Lake. Surrounded by tree covered mountains Watauga offers the paddler and myriad of fun and time in nature. Bring your friends and try out something new. Kayaks, paddleboards, paddles, and PFDs will be ready for you to float or try for a good core workout, or bring your own and join us!
Check back reguralry for trip additions or changes!
Eligibility for participation; These trips are open to full and part-time, students, staff and faculty as well as adjunct faculty with vaild ETSU ID and active CPA Membership.