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Outdoor Program

East Tennessee is the perfect outdoor adventure setting, and UT is right in the middle of it. We’re here to help you pick up new skills, see awesome places, and make friends in the process.

outdoors_icons-09Outdoor Center

Access a large selection of outdoor rental equipment, our full service bike shop, plus an extensive library of books, maps, and videos.

Equipment Rentals.

Bike Shop

outdoors_icons-04Choose Your Adventure

Choose from a variety of afternoon, all-day, weekend, and weeklong outdoor adventure trips. Sign up for one of our free clinics and learn things like how to roll a whitewater kayak or belay a person climbing.

Adventure Trip Calendar.

‘Learn how to’ Clinics


Outdoors_icons_10Climbing Wall

Boulder or top rope on 6,000 square feet of indoor climbing wall. Weekly belay clinics and a bouldering competition during spring and fall semester. New routes put up each week to keep things fresh.

Check Out The Vol Wall

outdoors_icons-08Go Explore

Within a half-day’s drive from campus, you can mountain bike on professionally built single track, raft world-class whitewater, hike in national parks, rock climb, cave, and even sea kayak.

Outdoor Spots in East TN


Our Mission

The RecSports Outdoor Program mission is to provide the university community with outdoor adventure, recreation and education. Programs will be inclusive to people of all backgrounds and abilities and will contribute to the holistic well-being and academic experience of the university.

Our values form the basis of how we work with you and what we offer you. We strive to pursue these values with excellence, professionalism and always while having fun.

Values include:

  • Safety and Health ~ Skills Acquisition ~ Community ~ Environmental
  • Stewardship and Leadership
  • Personal Growth and Well-being

The flagship campus of the University of Tennessee System and partner in the Tennessee Transfer Pathway.