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Office Phone:
(615) 898-2104


Campus Recreation P.O. Box 556 
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
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The Middle Tennessee Outdoor Pursuits Program is dedicated to leadership, education, teamwork, relationships, and adventure. Outdoor programs are offered to appeal to multiple interests and multiple levels of expertise. From white water rafting and kayaking to canoeing, rock climbing or caving, hiking or backpacking, there is something for you. The climbing wall is open almost every evening and other clinics are offered periodically to help you develop skills. No matter if you are a beginner or experienced leader, our whole goal is to Get You Outside! 
If you're interested in learning more about kayaking, we offer a Kayak roll class that meets every 6-8 p.m. Monday (except holidays and school closings). Sign up in the Outdoor Equipment Rental office.

Two Spring Break excursions for students provide inexpensive options

A rock climbing trip to Red River Gorge, KY, and a canoeing trip in the Florida Panhandle provide students with exciting options for the upcoming break.

Rock Climbing in Red River Gorge will take you to one of the most rugged areas of Kentucky. The trip is limited to eight participants and will take place March 6-10. Participants will climb throughout the five-day expedition. The cost is just $80 and includes transportation, meals and equipment in addition to park and camping fees.

“It may surprise students to hear Kentucky is a rock climbing mecca,” said Mike Bowen, Outdoor Pursuits coordinator. “Tall granite walls, a wide variety of climbs and the best gourmet pizza all make for a pretty stellar climbing experience.”

Red River Gorge rests only five hours from the MTSU campus and allows participants the opportunity to clamber amidst steep granite walls for the entirety of each day. Moderate to intermediate skilled climbers are encouraged to the join the trip and the staff are willing to accommodate other skill levels.

The other trip will allow students to venture to the Suwannee River in Live Oak, FL, for a five-day canoeing trip March 9-13. The excursion is limited to eight student participants with a cost of $125. The trip cost includes transportation, canoes and gear and experienced river guides.

The trip itinerary includes three full days of canoeing on the Florida Panhandle covering 10-12 miles of river per day. Projected weather for the trip includes temperatures in the 70s and scenic views on the will includes riverside Cyprus trees, Spanish moss and vibrant wildlife. 

“As one of the trip leaders, I can say I’m honestly very excited. Aside from the great scenery, I think I’m most excited about the relaxed pace of the trip,” said Bowen.

The signup deadline for both trips is Wednesday, March 4 at 5 p.m. with a mandatory meeting for trip participants to be held in one of the second floor conference rooms of Campus Recreation at 5:30 PM.

For more information, contact Campus Recreation at 898-2104 or Bowen at 904-8473.


Red River Gorge ClimbingSuwanee pic


Hours of Operation

                  outdoor equipment rental                                    Climbing wall
         February Hours      
          Monday & Friday          1 pm - 6 pm       Monday - Thursday          4 pm - 9 pm
          Beginning March                       Friday          4 pm - 7 pm
           Wed, Sat, Sun              closed      Saturday & Sunday              closed
      Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri          1 pm - 6 pm    

Be on the lookout for Outdoor Pursuits' Spring Break adventure. More information coming soon!

Check out the pictures below from our new year's ski trip to Colorado.

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Steamboat 3 Steamboat 4