University Recreation's Govs Outdoors trips/outings are cooperative adventures aimed to empower people through unique and exciting experiences. These experiences are meant to provide participants with the opportunity to grow and develop skills while recreating in the outdoors. Each person will be an equal member of the group on these trips, regardless of skill level. Therefore, it is important that each participant accurately and honestly assesses his or her own skill level before taking part in trips that are perhaps beyond their abilities. We offer trips for every skill level throughout the year so that everyone has the opportunity to take part in our outings. University Recreation wants people to develop their own skills and self-reliance, to communicate and work as a group while enjoying the world outdoors.
All prices include transportation for APSU affiliated participants, in-camp food, group equipment, camping, and other misc. fees.
A pre-trip meeting will be held at 5 pm the Wednesday before each trip at the Govs Outdoors Center located in the front of the Foy. Attendance is required.
All prices are per person and include transportation for APSU affiliated participants, in-camp food, group equipment, camping sites, and other miscellaneous fees.
Group equipment is included with trip pricing. Some personal gear may be rented through University Recreation.
University Recreation reserves the right to cancel a program due to inclement weather, lack of participation, natural disasters, or extenuating circumstances. In the event that Govs Outdoors must cancel a program, a full trip refund will be provided. Should a participant choose to cancel before the trip registration deadline, a full refund will be awarded. Should a participant choose to cancel after the deadline, no refund will be awarded.
For more information on any of our trips, please contact Clayton Sheehan, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall 2018 Trips:
On this rafting trip we will head to the other side of Chattanooga and camp for the night. The next day we will hop on the middle Ocoee river. This section includes an unbroken run of class III and IV rapids like Grumpy’s, Double Trouble and Table Saw.
Join us on this day hike to one of Tennessee's premier waterfalls. Make sure to bring water shoes, and don't forget your swimsuit! For more Information click here.
Been dreaming of hiking the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail, or just living out in the wild? Then this trip is for you! We will head to Land Between the Lakes and spend the weekend learning about backpacking equipment, skills, and techniques.
Participants on this trip get 10% off the Smoky Mt. Trip!
For this trip we will head to western Tennessee to spend time relaxing at the beautiful Reelfoot Lake State Park. While there we will canoe around the flooded Cypress forest. Don't forget your fishing pole! For more Information click here.
Participants will be responsible for obtaining their own fishing license.
Participants on this trip get 10% off the Buffalo National River trip!
What better way to spend your fall break than backpacking in a national park! With breathtaking views, crisp clean mountain air, and great company, this will be an AWESOME trip! For more Information click here.
Spend your Fall Break canoeing America's first National River! Established in 1972, Buffalo National River flows freely for 135 miles and is one of the few remaining undammed rivers in the lower 48 states. Once you arrive, prepare to journey from running rapids to quiet pools while surrounded by massive bluffs as you cruise through the Ozark Mountains down to the White River.
You've been climbing at the Foy, now it's time to try the real deal! Join us as we head to Foster Falls to spend a weekend taking in the incredible views and enjoying even better rock climbing!
Rated the #6 best trail in America for Fall Foliage, the Fiery Gizzard trail is a beautiful 12.5 mile trail ending at Foster Falls. This trip will be a perfect way to relax before the end of the semester stress hits.
Join us as we head to Indian Gravepoint Cave, south of Nashville, to do some caving. This cave is a good introductory into the world of spelunking.
Spring 2019 Trips
Already tired of the cold and dreaming about warm sandy beaches?
Then join the Govs Outdoors as we head south to the Florida Everglades and Florida Keys. We will spend out time canoeing through freshwater marsh, mangrove forests, and the open waters of Florida Bay and camping on island beaches!