Campus Recreation

University of Mississippi

Outdoor Adventure Trips, Clinics, & Events

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Join Ole Miss Outdoors (OMOD) for one of our exciting adventure trips, educational clinics, skill-based certifications, or campus & community events.  Our trips are designed for all people and all skill levels. Participants must be enrolled as a student at the University of Mississippi, OR be 18 years of age or older to participate in the trip program.  Trip prices are all-inclusive, unless otherwise noted. Clinics and events are geared toward student and community members, and offer a wide variety of activities for everyone.  Scroll to the bottom of the page for more information about registration, trip format, and safety procedures.  If you have questions, visit the Ole Miss Outdoors office in Turner Center 110, or call 662-915-6735.


Spring Semester Events:

kayak thursdays Kayak Thursdays (Feb 2, 9, 16, 23; Mar 2, 9, 23, 30; Apr 6, 13, 20, 27) 7:00-9:00 p.m.
OMOD Kayak Roll Sessions & Kayak Water Polo – Free!
Turner Center Pool (on campus) – drop in, no registration required.
Interested in learning how to roll a whitewater kayak, OMOD instructors will guide you through the progression of learning this fundamental skill. If you have a roll then come out and enjoy the time to practice or better yet jump into a game of kayak water polo. Kayaks provided by OMOD or feel free to bring your own.

Free Fridays (Feb 24; Mar 3, 31; Apr 7, 21) 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Play on the high elements (zip line, climbing wall, vertical playpen, flying squirrel, etc- Free!
Rebel Challenge Course (on campus) – drop in, no registration required.
Want to check ziplining off your bucket list? Free Fridays offer the opportunity to zipline from a point higher than 30 feet. Climb up the vertical wall or ascend across a telephone pole for your zip adventure. All participants must wear closed toe shoes and weigh at least 50lbs for high ropes course activities.

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February 4th – Day Trip
Indoor Climbing at High Point Climbing Gym
Birmingham, AL (186 miles from Oxford)
$50 Students | $60 Community  
*Click here to register online, or visit Turner Center 110. 
From beginners to experts, all are welcome to join Ole Miss Outdoors as we spend the day at the newest climbing gym in the South. Whether you are looking to conquer your fear of heights or interested in trying out a new sport, OMOD trip leaders will guide, instruct, and support you all the way. This brand new gym features autobelay climbing as well as top rope and lead climbing, as well as a huge bouldering area, so all levels of climbers are supported. Climbing shoes and harness rental included.

 

caving raccoon mountain
February 11th – 12th
Caving at Raccoon Mountain
Chattanooga, TN (292 miles from Oxford)
$110 Students | $120 Community 
*Click here to register online, or visit Turner Center 110. 
Raccoon Mountain is a natural, limestone cavern that has been nationally recognized as being one of America’s finest caves. It is noted for its incredible variety of passageways, large waterfalls, diverse formations, abundant fossils, and spectacular scenery. Wild cave expeditions are specialty tours that are designed to permit you to explore the vast inner portions of the cave system in the company of a skilled guide. This expedition focuses upon exploring areas of the wild cave for some of the unique life which resides within the cave.

 

tie the know climbing competitionFebruary 14th
Tie the Knot Climbing Competition: Couples vs Singles
Rebel Challenge Course (on campus)
*Click here to register online, or visit Turner Center 110. 
$5 Students | $5 Community
Which group works the best?? Couples or Singles? This unique Valentine’s Day experience is bound to find out. Compete on the low and high ropes course designed to put cupid to the test. The winners with the highest score will win either a date night or anti-date night basket.

 

February 18th – 19th
Explore Hot Springs National Park
Hot Springs, AR (274 miles from Oxford)
$80 Students | $90 Community
*Click here to register online, or visit Turner Center 110. 
Once called “America’s Spa,” Hot Springs National Park is one of the oldest parks in the National Parks System and the closest National Park to Oxford. If it’s your first National Park or the last on your list, let Ole Miss Outdoors trip leaders take care of all the logistics while you enjoy hiking and exploring one of America’s visitor friendly parks. and natural landscapes. The hot springs themselves are in the area known as Bathhouse Row in the heart of downtown Hot Springs, Arkansas. Visitors can also hike on 26 miles of trails and enjoy drinking from the water fountains that are fed by the natural springs.

 

February 28th – 5:00 p.m.
S’mores with Outdoors
South Campus Rail Trail (on campus) – FREE
*Click here to register online, or visit Turner Center 110. 
Join Ole Miss Outdoors staff as we roast marshmallows over an open flame and then expertly layer them with graham crackers and chocolate bars. Anyone is welcome to attend and enjoy these timeless tasty treats! As a bonus, we will teach you how to build several type of camp fires, including the log cabin and the traditional tepee. We provide the food and knowledge, you provide the fellowship and fun.

 

day hikeDay Hike & Outdoor Ethics
South Campus Rail Trail (on campus) – FREE
*Click here to register online, or visit Turner Center 110. 
Hike the single-track bicycle trails at the South Campus primitive recreational area and experience the nature apart from the main gravel rail bed. The guided walk will discuss the basics of nature trail markings while introducing and practicing the principles of Leave No Trace (LNT).  Leave No Trace is the internationally recognized educator of outdoor ethics promoting conservation and protection of natural resources. These principles include: Plan ahead and prepare, Travel and camp on durable surfaces, Dispose of waste properly, Leave what you find, Minimize campfire impacts, Respect wildlife, and Be considerate of other visitors.

 

March 8th – 4:00 p.m.
Wilderness Survival Workshop
South Campus Rail Trail (on campus) – FREE
*Click here to register online, or visit Turner Center 110. 
Learn the basics of wilderness survival tactics during this afternoon workshop. OMOD Trip Leaders will teach mini clinics on fire building, shelter building, water purifying, backcountry first aid, and other necessary skills. We will provide all materials and gear necessary to learn the fundamentals of preparedness and adaptability when faced with less than desirable conditions.

 

March 11th – 19th
SPRING BREAK (land based) Zion National Park
Zion National Park, UT (1585 miles from Oxford)
$550 Students | $560 Community
*Click here to register online, or visit Turner Center 110. 
For the second year in a row we are heading back to Zion! What else needs to be said, it’s ZION!
Angel’s Landing, The Narrows…an adventure your friends will get tired of hearing you talk about. Located in Southwest Utah, Zion National Park is touted as one of the crown jewels of the National Park System. Though comparably smaller than other National Parks, the slot canyon of Zion does not disappoint. On this trip we’ll day hike to the top of Angel’s Landing, overnight hike through the Narrows, and along the way explore the land via horseback – GIDDYUP!

 

March 11th – 19th
SPRING BREAK (water based) Canoe Expedition on the Buffalo River
Buffalo National River, AR (364 miles from Oxford)
$275 Students | $300 Community
*Click here to register online, or visit Turner Center 110. 
America’s first National River. The  Buffalo River flows freely for 135 miles and is one of the few remaining un-dammed rivers in the lower 48 states. Over the course of six days, Ole Miss Outdoors will be taking on the task of exploring 90% of the river, traveling via canoe from Ponca, Arkansas to Buffalo Point. Days will be filled with hiking and canoeing, with nights spent along river bank shoals and under the stars. This flatwater and non-technical canoe trip will float under massive towering bluffs, countless number of waterfalls, and various watchable wildlife. Join us as we adventure one of mid-America’s finest outdoor destinations.

 

March 25 – 26th
Dismals Canyon
Phil Campbell, AL (117 miles from Oxford)
$115 Students | $120 Community
*Click here to register online, or visit Turner Center 110. 
Dismals Canyon is a sandstone gorge near Phil Campbell in Franklin County, Alabama. It was declared a National Natural Landmark in May 1974. Dismals Canyon is one of only a few places where insects called dismalites can be found. The larval forms of these flies emit a bright blue-green light to attract food and mates. They cover the canyon wall. The canyon is home to two waterfalls, Secret Falls and Rainbow Falls, and six natural bridges. Night tours are included in the price to view the dismalites.

 

March 30th – 5:00 p.m.
Hammock Hangout & Slack-Lining
South Campus Rail Trail (on campus) – FREE
*Click here to register online, or visit Turner Center 110. 
Come and join Ole Miss Outdoors in a relaxing evening of hammocking. You may use our hammocks or bring your own to this beginner-friendly event. Learn how to set up a hammock with new friends in the outdoors, trying new things, like slack-lining.

 

April 1st-2nd
Rock Climbing
Sand Rock, AL (272 miles from Oxford)
$100 Students | $110 Community
*Click here to register online, or visit Turner Center 110. 
Take your indoor climbing skills outside. With climbing dating back to 1972, Sand Rock is home to a cluster of rocks sculpted by the elements, creating various difficulties of climbing opportunities. Explore the natural environment as you scale the boulders and pinnacles. No worries, our trained staff will provide guidance. Climbing harnesses and climbing shoes are provided.

 

group trail runApril 4th
Group Trail Run
South Campus Rail Trail (on campus) – FREE
*Click here to register online, or visit Turner Center 110. 
Enjoy running and want to venture off the main rail bed? This trail run will give you a chance to run the bike trails without the fear of getting lost, as the run will be guided. The group trail run is beginner friendly and offers variety in the distances available to run. See you out on the trails!

 

Alabama Scenic River Trail
Alabama Scenic River Trail
Coosa, AL
$100 Students | $110 Community
*Click here to register online, or visit Turner Center 110. 
The Alabama Scenic River Trail is the longest river trail in a single state. It passes through the heart of Alabama from northeast to southwest and in doing so, takes boaters through a wide variety of terrain, flora and fauna. Join us, as we explore Terrapin Creek section of the ASRT via canoe or kayak.

 

April 13th
Easter Egg Hunt 
South Campus Rail Trail (on campus) – FREE
*Click here to register online, or visit Turner Center 110. 
The Easter Egg Hunt event will have two components: one will be family friendly (on the main rail bed) and the other will be specifically for students/adults (on the bike trails). Each division winner who finds the golden egg will receive a prize! Let the search begin.

 

ocoee river multisportApril 15th – 16th
Ocoee Multi-Sport Weekend
Ducktown, TN (361 miles from Oxford)
$225 Students | $250 Community
*Click here to register online, or visit Turner Center 110. 
The Ocoee River is considered the premier of whitewater rafting river in the United States. Home to a multitude of class III and IV rapids, the river here is challenging and exciting. Located in the Cherokee National Forest, this beautiful gorge is surrounded by breathtaking scenery and 20 continuous rapids, making it truly the most popular whitewater destination in the country! Join us as we tackle the mighty Ocoee river one day and spend the next day mountain biking or hiking around the mountains of Tennessee.

 

April 22nd
Earth Day Yoga
South Campus Rail Trail (on campus) – FREE
*Click here to register online, or visit Turner Center 110. 
Join Ole Miss Outdoors and the Fitness Team as we enjoy yoga in nature. A certified yoga instructor will teach the session beneath the beautiful tree canopy of the South Campus single track trails. No prior yoga experience necessary. Instruction and yoga mat provided; you provide the zen.

 

April 29th – 30th
Tough Mudder Adventure Race
Fairburn, GA (329 miles from Oxford)
$180 Students | $200 Community
*Click here to register online, or visit Turner Center 110. 
Lace up and get ready to run up and over rolling hills, around lush open fields, and through heavily wooded trails all while tackling over 20 of the sickest obstacles ever created. Set on 2,500 acres of sprawling, diverse landscape, and some of the thickest Georgia mud you’ve ever run through, Tough Mudder Atlanta is the ultimate 10-12 mile race!

 

 

 

 

Adventure Trip FAQs:

What is included in the trip cost? The trip cost is all-inclusive*. We will provide you with roundtrip ground transportation, meals, all gear rentals, camping fees, and guiding fees. The only things you need are clothes and snacks! *unless otherwise noted.

Do I have to provide my own transportation?  No, all trips include roundtrip ground transportation*. OMOD owns two Ford Expeditions that we will drive to and from the location. *unless otherwise noted.

What time do we depart Oxford and when do we return to Oxford? The weekend trips will leave Friday afternoon once everyone is done with class, preferably before 4 pm. Since we drive to our locations, we want to make sure we are not getting there too late, but we are willing to work with everyone! Weekend trips arrive back in Oxford on Sunday around 7 pm generally, but again, we can work with you if you have to be back for a reason. Sunday trips leave around 8 am and arrive back around 7pm. The trips leaders will discuss departure/arrival times at the pre-trip meeting.

What happens after I register? All trips will have a pre-trip meeting the Tuesday before it goes out. The trip leaders (whose names are on the trip info sheet) will contact you beforehand to remind you of the time and date. At that meeting, they will go over the itinerary, departure/arrival times, and other crucial info. Also, you are encouraged to contact them at any time with questions about the trip.

Do I need to have my own gear to come on trips? No! OMOD provides all technical gear for all of our trips.


REGISTRATION: To register for a trip, please click the online registration link or visit the Ole Miss Outdoors office, located in Turner Center 110 (on the first floor, under the stairs). Most of our trips require the full payment for the trip at registration, with the exception of our longer (and more expensive) trips. We accept Visa and Mastercard online, and Visa, Mastercard, Cash, Check, and Ole Miss Express in the office.

PRE-TRIP MEETINGS AND SKILL WORKSHOPS: All trip participants are required to attend a pre-trip meeting the Tuesday before the trip. At this time, the Trip Leaders will go over all necessary information, assign gear, and answer any questions. If the outdoor activity requires specific knowledge or skill, Trip Leaders will plan a mandatory skill workshop to teach participants (i.e. how to wet exit or roll in a white water kayak) before the dates of the trip.

ADVENTURE TRIP OVERVIEW: OMOD offers three formats for adventure trips – day trips, weekend trips, and week-long trips.

  • Day Trips

    • Distance: Trips are generally within an hour drive of campus.
    • Type of Trips: Local outdoor recreation is generally focused on paddling sports (canoeing, kayaking, fishing, etc) or hiking. Most of our Fall trips are in this category.
    • Timeline: Participants meet behind the Turner Center the morning of the adventure to load up in our two Ford Expeditions. Day trips usually last between 6-8 hours all together (including driving time).
    • Necessary Items: Participants are encouraged to pack a lunch, personal snacks, and water and dress appropriately for the activity.
  • Weekend Trips
    • Distance: Weekend trips allow participants to go further into the Southeast for a variety of outdoor recreation activities. Our trip destinations are generally 3-6 hours from campus.
    • Type of Trips: The Southeast offers a wide variety of outdoor disciplines, such as a white water rafting, rock climbing, hang gliding, etc. Most of our Spring trips are in this category.
    • Timeline: Participants meet in the OMOD office (Turner 110) on Friday afternoon and load our two Ford Expeditions. We generally camp in tents both Friday and Saturday nights at a local campground, focusing on our activity all day Saturday. Sunday usually consists of packing up camp and continuing the activity if possible. We arrive back in Oxford around 5PM on Sunday.
    • Necessary Items: OMOD provides all necessary gear and most food. Participants are encouraged to bring appropriate clothing (as specified by the activity), personal snacks, and water.
  • Week-Long Trips
    • Distance: Anywhere. If we can drive there, we can do it.
    • Types of Trips: Anything. In the past, we’ve driven to Canada for dog-sledding, the Grand Canyon for backpacking, the Colorado Rockies for skiing & snowboarding, the Florida Keys for kayaking and snorkeling, and many other places around the US. In the Fall, we always do a ski & snowboard trip and our Spring Break trip varies. Occasionally, we plan a week-long summer trip.
    • Timeline: The timeline greatly varies based on the type of trip offered. Generally, trips last the full week, including the weekends.
    • Necessary Items: OMOD provides all necessary gear and most food, unless otherwise specified. Participants are encouraged to bring appropriate clothing (as specified by the activity), personal snacks, and water.

LIABILITY: All OMOD trip participants are required to fill out a waiver and health form. To save time, you may print the waiver and health forms ahead of time or you may choose to receive a copy upon registration.  Click here for the waiver/health form.