Trips & Clinics

Campus Recreation offers day and weekend outdoor trips led by Towson University students for Towson University students. 

Student on mountaintop during Campus Recreation outdoor trip


Outdoor trip leaders are experienced, outgoing, and passionate about sharing their love of the outdoors and building community on trips. All instruction, transportation, and technical equipment is included in the cost. Meals will be provided on overnight trips. All trips are designed to be cooperative, educational experiences that allow participants to:

  • Create meaningful connections with other students outside of the classroom
  • Challenge themselves mentally and physically
  • Learn skills necessary to plan their own outdoor trips
  • Take an active role in the success of themselves as well as the group
  • Adventure off campus in unique settings in Maryland and throughout the mid-Atlantic

Spring 2017 Trips

Hiking at Rocks State Park – Sat., March 4

Registration Deadline: Mon., February 27

Cost: $15

Rocks State Park is a hidden treasure just north of Towson’s campus and a great place for your first hike. You’ll enjoy views of early spring and the impressive rock formations including King and Queens seat towering almost 200 feet above you

Backpacking in Grand Canyon National Park - Sat., March 18 - Fri., March 24

Registration Deadline: February 27th

Cost: $385

Experience a Spring Break you will never forget in Grand Canyon National Park. Camp below the rim of the canyon, hike through beautifully sculpted slot canyons, and relax on the banks of the powerful Colorado River. Join Outdoor Adventures to have experiences few people ever get to enjoy. Spend five days backpacking down into the canyon where each step will take you deeper into the two-billion-year geologic history of the Grand Canyon and then venture back out. No prior backpacking experience is necessary, but this trip will be physically demanding and participants should be in good physical condition and have a healthy appetite for adventure. Trip cost includes all necessary equipment, food, instruction, permit and camping fees, and transportation during the trip starting from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Participants will be responsible for arranging airfare to and from Phoenix (approx. $350-550 round trip).

Mountain Biking at Loch Raven Reservoir – Sat., April 1

Registration Deadline: Sun., March 26

Cost: $25

Back by popular demand, we’re going mountain biking! As long as you know how to ride a bike, our trip leaders will give you the skills to make this trip as easy as, well, riding a bike!

Climbing at Patapsco State Park – Sat., April 8

Registration Deadline: Sun., April 2

Cost: $30

This is a great opportunity to try climbing for the first time. Join us at one of the Baltimore area’s best kept secrets for a day of learning to climb overlooking the Patapsco River.

Hiking and Camping at Susquehanna State Park – Sat., April 8 - Sun., April 9

Registration Deadline: Sun., April 2 

Cost: $50

If you have never camped before, this is the trip for you. On the bank of the Susquehanna River in eastern Maryland, you will enjoy great hikes, visit historic sites, and finish your day around the fire with a s’more in hand.  

Backpacking at Michaux State Forest – Fri., April 21 - Sun., April 23

Registration Deadline: Sun., April 16

Cost: $60

Situated along the Appalachian Trail just across the Maryland-Pennsylvania line, Michaux State Forest is a great location for your first backpacking trip. Rolling hills, brilliant wildflowers, and clear mountain streams are your reward for choosing to be adventurous on this weekend!

Rock Climbing at Carderock – Sat., April 22

Registration Deadline: Sun., April 16

Cost: $30

Welcome to classic Maryland rock climbing. These cliffs are just a few minute walk from the parking area and have great views of the Potomac River. Most Maryland climbers first learned the ropes at Carderock, so come out and do the same!

Rock Climbing and Camping at Coopers Rock – Fri., April 28 - Sun., April 30

Registration Deadline: Sun., April 23

Cost: $60

This trip was our most popular last spring, so sign up early! Join Outdoor Adventures for a weekend of climbing and camping because sometimes one day just is not enough. Coopers Rock has it all from 10 foot boulders to 50 foot cliffs.

Kayaking at Gunpowder River - Sat., May 6

Registration Deadline: Tues., May 2

Cost: $30

The weather is finally warm and we are going kayaking! Just up the road is one of the best kept secrets in Maryland: the Gunpowder Gorge. Enjoy a great day of learning to kayak on the Gunpowder River with less than a 30 minute drive. You will know why this is one of our favorite trips every year.

Kayaking at Muddy Creek - Sat., May 13

Registration Deadline: Tues., May 9

Cost: $30

Don’t let the name fool you, Muddy Creek is crystal clear with a beautiful streambed in one of the most scenic gorges in eastern Pennsylvania. The great views are almost as good as the rapids you will be paddling that are a perfect introduction to whitewater kayaking. This is your last chance of the semester for some whitewater adventure with Outdoor Adventure!

Hiking at the Billy Goat Trail - Sun., May 14

Registration Deadline: Sun., May 7

Cost: $15

This is the last Outdoor Trip of the semester and a great chance for your first hiking trip with Outdoor Adventures. Forget about those upcoming exams for a few hours and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Potomac River gorge from the riverside cliffs of Great Falls.

Summer Road Trip Adventure - Mon., June 5 - Fri., June 9

Registration Deadline: Sun., May 14

Cost: $350

Join us for five days and four nights as we head west for adventure to celebrate the end of the spring semester. We will start off with three days of backpacking in the Dolly Sods Wilderness in West Virginia where participants will enjoy sweeping views, clear mountain streams, and some of the best star gazing on the east coast. For our last two days, we'll be base camped in Ohiopyle State Park in Southwestern Pennsylvania. For one day, we'll enjoy a day of rock climbing on cliffs up to 100 feet high that will provide a great challenge for everyone. The last day of the trip is the "grand finale" with a full day of guided whitewater rafting on the world-class, Youghiogheny River. The trip cost includes all necessary equipment, food, instruction, permit and camping fees, and transportation during the trip starting from Towson's campus.

Trip Registration

Sign up for Spring 2017 trips on our registration portal at

Kayaking Clinics

Every Wednesday, 8:30-10:30 p.m., starting February 8 and ending May 10

Learn the fundamentals of river kayaking in the controlled environment of the Burdick Pool and use the kayaking clinic to build the necessary skills to participate in an Outdoor Adventures whitewater kayaking trip. We will be in the water, so participants must bring their own bathing suit and towel. No registration is required, just show up and start learning!