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September

Tuesday, September 4th
5:00pm - 7:00pm

Beginner Kayaking Series

  • Location: Preston Center Natatorium
  • Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Saturday, September 8th
All Day

Fiery Gizzard Backpacking

  • Location: Monteagle, TN
  • Time: All Day

Once ranked by Backpacker Magazine as one of the top 25 backpacking trails in the U.S, the Fiery Grizzard Trail in Monteagle, TN has a lot to offer on this overnight trip.  Trek through rocky gorges and lush woodlands to view spectacular rock formations, waterfalls, and panoramic overlooks.  Join ORAC as we take on 6 miles each day.

Spend your first day hiking along the most diverse and beautiful trail in Tennessee, passing by Bull Hole Falls within 0.5 miles from the start. Seek out “The Fruit Bowl” on your way to your first campsite, and stop to gaze at this massive pile of house-sized boulders. Spend some time playing in the “honeycomb pits” on the Crumbling Bluff, a feature with numerous small caves. Kick off your hiking boots, and relax by the fire to tell stories of your adventures for the day.

Continue on your trek with a spectacular overlook first thing in the morning. Start a steep descent into the Laurel Branch Gorge to catch many breathtaking views from overlooks, streams and rock formations. Catch a big snooze on your way home while your Instagram photos gain all the likes. Don’t leave your camera at home on this trip!

ORAC will take care of all the backpacking equipment, transportation, permits, and guiding.  All you need to worry about is your own food, clothes, and water bottle.  Grab a friend and unplug for the weekend with ORAC!

Tentative Trip Itinerary

Saturday, September 8th:

  1. Depart Preston Center early A.M.
  2. Drive to Monteagle, TN
  3. Start hike
  4. See cool stuff
  5. Camp and eat dinner

Sunday, September 9th:

  1. Wake up and eat breakfast
  2. Hike to van
  3. Load up and depart for the Preston Center
Sunday, September 9th
All Day

Fiery Gizzard Backpacking

  • Location: Monteagle, TN
  • Time: All Day

Once ranked by Backpacker Magazine as one of the top 25 backpacking trails in the U.S, the Fiery Grizzard Trail in Monteagle, TN has a lot to offer on this overnight trip.  Trek through rocky gorges and lush woodlands to view spectacular rock formations, waterfalls, and panoramic overlooks.  Join ORAC as we take on 6 miles each day.

Spend your first day hiking along the most diverse and beautiful trail in Tennessee, passing by Bull Hole Falls within 0.5 miles from the start. Seek out “The Fruit Bowl” on your way to your first campsite, and stop to gaze at this massive pile of house-sized boulders. Spend some time playing in the “honeycomb pits” on the Crumbling Bluff, a feature with numerous small caves. Kick off your hiking boots, and relax by the fire to tell stories of your adventures for the day.

Continue on your trek with a spectacular overlook first thing in the morning. Start a steep descent into the Laurel Branch Gorge to catch many breathtaking views from overlooks, streams and rock formations. Catch a big snooze on your way home while your Instagram photos gain all the likes. Don’t leave your camera at home on this trip!

ORAC will take care of all the backpacking equipment, transportation, permits, and guiding.  All you need to worry about is your own food, clothes, and water bottle.  Grab a friend and unplug for the weekend with ORAC!

Tentative Trip Itinerary

Saturday, September 8th:

  1. Depart Preston Center early A.M.
  2. Drive to Monteagle, TN
  3. Start hike
  4. See cool stuff
  5. Camp and eat dinner

Sunday, September 9th:

  1. Wake up and eat breakfast
  2. Hike to van
  3. Load up and depart for the Preston Center
Monday, September 10th
5:00pm - 7:00pm

Mountain Bike Mondays

  • Location: Low Hollow Trail (Meet at ORAC)
  • Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Tuesday, September 11th
5:00pm - 7:00pm

Beginner Kayaking Series

  • Location: Preston Center Natatorium
  • Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Saturday, September 15th
All Day

Clifty Hollow Bouldering

  • Location: Bowling Green, KY
  • Time: All Day

Take a day away from your semester reality and get your hands dirty with ORAC. Stop by this roadside crag to boulder up to 10 ft practicing various techniques and moves. ORAC will supply you with your basic climbing needs to climb on this trip; climbing shoes, chalk bag, and crash pads! Truly test your skills with easy and difficult routes.  Strap up your climbing shoes, chalk up and send it! (Well grab your way up the rock!) Don’t be afraid to take a fall with this trip!

ORAC will take care of all of the equipment, you just need to worry about you so make sure you bring the right clothes and plenty of snacks for energy!

Tentative Trip Itinerary

Saturday, September 15th:

  1. Leave the Preston Center in the A.M
  2. Arrive at Clifty Hollow
  3. Get vertical
  4. Eat some snacks
  5. Depart for the Preston Center
All Day

Twisted Oliver Mountain Biking

  • Location: Barren River Lake, KY
  • Time: All Day

Unleash your inner adventurer and spin your wheels along Twisted Oliver’s 3.2-mile mountain bike trail. Kick up some mud as you hop onto some cool features like their classic mirror beams, or “the ladder!” Curious to know what a mirror beam is? There’s only one way to find out! Don’t delay to sign up, this one day biking trip may fill up fast! Don’t worry about equipment, we’ve got your gear haul covered! From bikes to helmets, but not your uncle’s knee pads. Get twisted!

ORAC will take care of all of the transportation, mountain bike maintenance, guiding, and fees.  All you need to worry about is bringing food and clothes, and preparing yourself for a sore butt the next day.  Our bike saddles aren’t forgiving, but it’s part of the charm.

Tentative Trip Itinerary

Saturday, September 15th:

  1. Leave for Preston Center in the A.M.
  2. Arrive at Port Oliver by Barren River Lake
  3. Start biking
  4. Eat lunch
  5. Continue biking/falling
  6. Depart for the Preston Center
Monday, September 17th
5:00pm - 7:00pm

Mountain Bike Mondays

  • Location: Low Hollow Trail (Meet at ORAC)
  • Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Friday, September 21st
All Day

Hiwassee Kayak & Hike

  • Location: Reliance, TN
  • Time: All Day

Put on your paddling clothes and guide your way down 5.8 miles of the Hiwassee River nestled deep into forested hillsides and pastoral river bottoms. The Hiwassee River Gorge offers Class I-III rapids suitable for all levels of paddling in a beautiful mountain setting. On this overnight trip with ORAC experience exploring a new area and an introduction to whitewater kayaking while escaping the heat in the cool waters of the Hiwassee.

ORAC provides all major equipment needed so grab a friend and make plans to spend your weekend with us.  All you’re responsible for is your own clothes and food and toothbrush!  The drive is 4-5 hours so you’ll have plenty of time to cram in some studying on the way to and from our destination.  The adventure fee also covers all lodging and guiding down the Hiwassee River so don’t let your inexperience deter you from joining us!

Tentative Trip  Itinerary

Friday, September 21st:

  1. Depart Preston Center after classes
  2. Drive to Reliance, TN
  3. Set up camp & eat dinner

Saturday, September 22nd:

  1. Wake Up & Eat Breakfast
  2. Head to the river and kayak
  3. Eat lunch
  4. Pack up and head to the Preston Center
Saturday, September 22nd
All Day

Hiwassee Kayak & Hike

  • Location: Reliance, TN
  • Time: All Day

Put on your paddling clothes and guide your way down 5.8 miles of the Hiwassee River nestled deep into forested hillsides and pastoral river bottoms. The Hiwassee River Gorge offers Class I-III rapids suitable for all levels of paddling in a beautiful mountain setting. On this overnight trip with ORAC experience exploring a new area and an introduction to whitewater kayaking while escaping the heat in the cool waters of the Hiwassee.

ORAC provides all major equipment needed so grab a friend and make plans to spend your weekend with us.  All you’re responsible for is your own clothes and food and toothbrush!  The drive is 4-5 hours so you’ll have plenty of time to cram in some studying on the way to and from our destination.  The adventure fee also covers all lodging and guiding down the Hiwassee River so don’t let your inexperience deter you from joining us!

Tentative Trip  Itinerary

Friday, September 21st:

  1. Depart Preston Center after classes
  2. Drive to Reliance, TN
  3. Set up camp & eat dinner

Saturday, September 22nd:

  1. Wake Up & Eat Breakfast
  2. Head to the river and kayak
  3. Eat lunch
  4. Pack up and head to the Preston Center
Monday, September 24th
5:00pm - 7:00pm

Mountain Bike Mondays

  • Location: Low Hollow Trail (Meet at ORAC)
  • Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Saturday, September 29th
All Day

Green River Canoe & Camp

  • Location: Mammoth Cave, KY
  • Time: All Day

On this overnight trip, you will experience 8 miles of canoeing and riverside camping in Mammoth Cave National Park. Pack up your canoe at the Dennison Ferry Boat Access site and point your stern down river to be carried past dramatic bluffs, majestic trees, and wildlife.  The green river opens up to 200 ft wide and averages 10 ft deep. Experience nature as it existed when the early frontier was being discovered. Keep your eyes out for turkey, deer, beaver, all kinds of birds and reptiles as we make our journey downstream.

Even though the park is known for their caves, the surrounding park forest has an extraordinary density and diversity of plant life. Test your brain by identifying some common flora seen around the area such as the American Beech tree, rattlesnake fern, false aloe, and much more. Mammoth Cave National Park is a World Heritage Site and Biosphere reserve – allowing for a very divers ecosystem.  The dark cyan waters flow over hale and hearty populations of bass, sunfish, catfish and a bunch of turtles.  The Green River in Mammoth Cave National Park contains the most diverse population of freshwater mussels in North America, and one of the most diverse populations in the world.

ORAC will provide all camping and canoeing equipment, as well as transportation to and from the location.  All you need to worry about is your own clothes, foods, good attitude!  The route itself is very beginner friendly while still throwing in a few places to test your skills.

Tentative Trip Itinerary

Saturday, September 29th:

  1. Leave Preston Center Early A.M.
  2. Arrive at Dennison Ferry Boat Launch
  3. Paddle
  4. Paddle some more
  5. Eat Lunch
  6. Paddle again
  7. Someone will inevitably flip…
  8. Set up camp, eat dinner

Sunday, September 30th:

  1. Eat breakfast and pack up camp
  2. Paddle to Green River Ferry
  3. Load canoes
  4. Return to Preston Center
All Day

Land Between the Lakes Hike

  • Location: LBL, KY
  • Time: All Day

Spend a beautiful autumn day at Land between the Lakes. Trek among a forest nestled between two of the largest fresh water lakes in the U.S.  Keep your eyes and ears open for elk and bison preparing the annual rut.  Nervous about getting too up close and personal?  Don’t worry, much of the wildlife viewing will take place along a designated route in the van.  Make sure you bring a camera to capture photos of the wildlife and fall colors that should be starting to make themselves known.

ORAC will provide all equipment, transportation, guiding, and fun.  All you’re responsible for is water, snacks, and food.  Invite a friend and experience a relaxing day viewing some of the largest mammals in the U.S. only a short 2 hour drive from Bowling Green, KY.

Tentative Trip Itinerary

Saturday, September 29th:

  1. Depart Preston Center early A.M.
  2. Arrive at Land Between the Lakes
  3. Start Hike
  4. Eat Lunch
  5. View wildlife
  6. Head back to the Preston Center
Sunday, September 30th
All Day

Green River Canoe & Camp

  • Location: Mammoth Cave, KY
  • Time: All Day

On this overnight trip, you will experience 8 miles of canoeing and riverside camping in Mammoth Cave National Park. Pack up your canoe at the Dennison Ferry Boat Access site and point your stern down river to be carried past dramatic bluffs, majestic trees, and wildlife.  The green river opens up to 200 ft wide and averages 10 ft deep. Experience nature as it existed when the early frontier was being discovered. Keep your eyes out for turkey, deer, beaver, all kinds of birds and reptiles as we make our journey downstream.

Even though the park is known for their caves, the surrounding park forest has an extraordinary density and diversity of plant life. Test your brain by identifying some common flora seen around the area such as the American Beech tree, rattlesnake fern, false aloe, and much more. Mammoth Cave National Park is a World Heritage Site and Biosphere reserve – allowing for a very divers ecosystem.  The dark cyan waters flow over hale and hearty populations of bass, sunfish, catfish and a bunch of turtles.  The Green River in Mammoth Cave National Park contains the most diverse population of freshwater mussels in North America, and one of the most diverse populations in the world.

ORAC will provide all camping and canoeing equipment, as well as transportation to and from the location.  All you need to worry about is your own clothes, foods, good attitude!  The route itself is very beginner friendly while still throwing in a few places to test your skills.

Tentative Trip Itinerary

Saturday, September 29th:

  1. Leave Preston Center Early A.M.
  2. Arrive at Dennison Ferry Boat Launch
  3. Paddle
  4. Paddle some more
  5. Eat Lunch
  6. Paddle again
  7. Someone will inevitably flip…
  8. Set up camp, eat dinner

Sunday, September 30th:

  1. Eat breakfast and pack up camp
  2. Paddle to Green River Ferry
  3. Load canoes
  4. Return to Preston Center
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