Campus Recreation

University of Mississippi

Outdoor Adventure Trips, Clinics, & Special Events

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 office in Turner Center 110 or call 662-915-6735.

Spring Adventure Trips, Clinics, & Events

(click here for printable PDF of the schedule)

Kayak ThursdaysKayak Thursdays – Roll Clinics & Water Polo
Feb 1st & 15th, March 1st & 22nd, April 5th & 19th
Turner Center Pool
7:00-9:00 p.m.
Learn 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 FridaysFree Fridays – Play on the High Elements
March 2nd & 30th, April 6th & 13th
Rebel Challenge Course
4:00-6:00 p.m.
Check zip-lining off your bucket list! Free Fridays offer the opportunity to experience elements higher than 30 feet. Climb up the vertical wall or ascend across a telephone pole for your next adventure. All participants must wear closed toe shoes and weigh at least 50lbs for high ropes course activities.
Hiking Dismals CanyonFebruary 17th
Hiking Sipsey Wilderness
Mount Hope, AL
$40 Students | $50 Others
[sorry, this trip is full]
The Sipsey Wilderness lies within Bankhead National Forest around the Sipsey Fork of the Black Warrior River in northwestern Alabama. Sipsey is the largest and most frequently visited Wilderness area in Alabama and contains dozens of waterfalls.
CavingFebruary 23rd-25th
Caving at Mammoth
Mammoth Cave, KY
$145 Students
$155 Others
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Mammoth Cave National Park is the world’s longest known cave system, with more than 400 miles explored. Wild cave expeditions are specialty tours that are designed to permit you to explore the vast areas of the cave system in the company of a skilled guide.
Indoor ClimbingMarch 3rd
Climbing at High Point
Birmingham, AL
$50 Students | $60 Others
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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. This gym features auto-belay climbing as well as top rope and lead climbing, as well as a huge bouldering area, so all levels of climbers are supported.
BackpackingMarch 10th-17th
Backpacking Asheville
Asheville, NC
$500 Students
$525 Others
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The Pisgah National Forest is a land of mile-high peaks, cascading waterfalls, and heavily forested slopes. Over 500,000 acres, the Pisgah is primarily a hardwood forest with whitewater rivers, waterfalls and hundreds of miles of trails in North Carolina.
HammockMarch 22nd – 6:00 p.m.
Hammock Hangout
South Campus Trails
Free Event!
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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 and enjoy the taste of s’mores with new friends in the outdoors.
ClimbingMarch 23rd-25th
Climbing Horseshoe Canyon
Horseshoe Canyon, AR
$115 Students
$125 Others
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Take your indoor climbing skills outside. Horseshoe Canyon Ranch (HCR) offers some of the finest sandstone in Arkansas with nearly 420 routes. Explore the natural environment as you scale the boulders and pinnacles. Top rope instruction, harnesses and gear are provided.
Egg huntMarch 27th – 4:00 p.m.
The Great Egg Hunt
The Grove
Free Event!
Click to Register
This relay race will have participants hunting for prize eggs hidden around campus; find an egg, bring it back to the Grove, tag your teammate. Sounds simple? It is, but it’s fun. There will also be a separate egg hunt for kids under 10. Everyone is welcome! This event is sponsored by RebelWell and BC/BS of MS Foundation.
RaftingApril 13th-15th
Rafting the Ocoee
Ocoee River, TN
$200 Students
$225 Others
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The Ocoee River is one of the most popular water sport rivers in the world, seeing hundreds of thousands of kayakers and rafters every year. This popularity is well-deserved, as it has about 10 miles of excellent class III-IV whitewater, for a thrilling ride all day.
Day HikeApril 17th – 4:00 p.m.
South Campus Hike
South Campus Trails
Free Event!
Click to Register
Navigate the single track mountain bike trails and experience areas aside from the main gravel rail bed, including several small lakes. The guided walk will discuss the basics of nature trail markings while practicing the principles of Leave No Trace.
MississippitopiaApril 20th-22nd
Ackerman, MS
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Mississippitopia is the largest outdoor recreation education symposium in the State of Mississippi. The goal is to Educate, Advocate, and Connect students, professionals, and outdoor recreation enthusiasts with others in the State of Mississippi who value and support outdoor recreation opportunities and education.
Yoga HikeApril 22nd – 4:00 p.m.
Earth Day Yoga Hike
South Campus Trails
$5 Students | $10 Others
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Join Ole Miss Outdoors for a relaxing Earth Day celebration, and 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.
Faculty StaffApril 29th
Faculty/Staff Canoe & Kayak Day Trip
Wall Doxey State Park
$25 University Employees Only
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Spend a relaxing day with Ole Miss Outdoors and fellow faculty and staff at the lake of Wall Doxey State Park near Holly Springs. We will spend the afternoon paddling the lake and exploring the local ecosystem.

Adventure Trip FAQs:

What is included in the trip cost? The trip cost includes most expenses. We will provide you with round-trip ground transportation, campsite meals, all gear rentals, camping fees, and guiding fees. The only things you need are clothes, money for meals while traveling, and snacks! 

Do I have to provide my own transportation?  No, all trips include round-trip ground transportation*. Campus Recreation owns departmental vehicles that we drive to and from the location. *unless otherwise noted in the trip description.

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 usually leave around 8 am and arrive back around 7 pm. 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, typically the Tuesday before the date of the trip. The trip leaders 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 our trips; if specialty gear is needed, we will rent from an outfitter and that will be included in the trip cost.

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 and camping. Most of our day trips are in these categories.
    • 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.

NON-OUTFITTER TRIP REFUND POLICY:  If you cancel prior to the pre-trip meeting date (the Tuesday before the trip), you may receive 70% of the total payment, if the trip is not booked with an outfitter or travel agency. Refunds will not be available after the pre-trip meeting unless you find substitute to take your place for the trip. If you find a substitute, that person must register in the Ole Miss Outdoors office and pay in full. Once they have paid in full, you will receive a full (100%) refund. Should you find a substitute and he/she pays in full before the pre-trip meeting, you may also receive a full refund.

OUTFITTER TRIP REFUND POLICY: If the trip is booked through an outfitter or travel agency (or any 3rd party service provider), you must find a substitute for your spot to receive a refund. If you find a substitute, that person must register in the Ole Miss Outdoors office and pay in full. Once he/she pays in full, you will receive a full (100%) refund. Ole Miss Outdoors books trips with outfitters far in advance and must fill spots to avoid losing money, and outfitters do not generally offer refunds to the University.  Therefore you are responsible for filling your spot if you register and can no longer go on one of these trips.