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Outdoor Center Hours

Mon, Wed, & Thurs   01:00 PM - 06:00 PM
    May 28th - August 4th

NOTE: Because Ignite Outdoors will be taking place the entire month of June, we will not be renting out any of the following equipment until July 7th: Sleeping Pads, Sleeping Bags, Canoes, Headlamps, Backpacks, Cook Gear, or Tents.
Thank you and we apologize for any inconvenience,

Each semester The University of Tennessee Outdoor Program offers students the opportunity to rent bikes for the entire semester. This year it appears the holidays have come early because the sign-ups for the spring semester long-term bike rental are currently open! Due to the program’s growing popularity, recipients of bikes are now selected via a randomized lottery. There are an unlimited number of spots on the sign-up list, and once this list is closed on Friday, December 31st we will randomly select the number of participants that we can offer bikes to. So, if you are interested you need to get your name on the sign up list, and there are two ways to do that. You can come by the Outdoor Center anytime during normal business hours (1:00pm - 6:00pm, located in the bottom of the T-RECs building) and physically sign up or sign up electronically with our online survey (which is so short that it takes just slightly more time to complete than it did for you the read this sentence in parenthesis in its entirety.) SURVEY LINK Whichever way works best for you, just get it done so you don’t miss out cruising around campus in style on your sweet rental bike. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you have.

The University of Tennessee is located in an ideal setting for exploring the outdoors and pursuing a wide variety of adventure activities. Whether mountain biking on some great single track, rafting down world-class whitewater, or hiking through the Smoky Mountains, the UT Outdoor Program (UTOP) offers something for everyone! UTOP’s trained staff seeks to help UT students, faculty and staff get out and enjoy the outdoors whether through personal excursions or as part of planned UTOP trips. The Outdoor Center is home to an extensive resource center with books, maps, videos and even internet access. Additionally, the Outdoor Center has a large selection of outdoor equipment available for rental from kayaks and canoes to backpacks and mountain bikes. A full service bike shop is also located at the Outdoor Center where university community members can learn to maintain and repair their bikes.

If you are an outdoor enthusiast looking for a new adventure or want to experience the outdoors for the first time, then visit UTOP. The program offers a variety of weekend and extended trips and courses from one-day fly fishing and whitewater kayaking courses to multi-week adventures in far off lands. Additionally, the program hosts educational and entertainment programs such as the Reel Rock Film Tour. Participating in the outdoor program is a great way to meet others, learn new skills, and explore the many wonders of our amazing world. Get out and get involved!

For more information about the Outdoor Rec program, the Bike Shop, the Vol Wall, or Equipment rental, please contact UTOP by phone at (865) 974-9749 or by email at


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