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

Trips

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

Fall 2017 trips

Hiking at Patapsco State Park - Sept. 9

Registration: Aug. 25 - Sept. 5

Fees:

  • Student: $15
  • Faculty/Staff: $18

Our first trip of the semester is a great opportunity to get outside and take a break from the city.  Join us for a hike just a short drive from campus and take in the sights and sounds of nature along the Patapsco River.

Kayaking at Muddy Creek - Sept. 16

Registration: Aug. 25 - Sept. 12

Fees:

  • Student: $30
  • Faculty/Staff: $37

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’ll be paddling, which are a perfect introduction to whitewater kayaking. 

Kayaking at Gunpowder River - Sept. 23

Registration: Aug. 25 - Sept. 19

Fees:

  • Student: $30
  • Faculty/Staff: $37

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 home. You’ll know why this is one of our favorite trips every year.

 Hiking and Camping at Cunningham Falls - Sept. 23 - 24

 Registration: Aug. 25 - Sept. 17

Fees:

  • Student: $50
  • Faculty/Staff: $62

If you’ve never camped before, this is the trip for you. Enjoy the views of the towering cascades of Cunningham Falls and many scenic vistas in neighboring Catoctin Mountain Park.  We’ll finish our day camped out under the stars, sharing stories around the campfire, s’mores in hand.

 Climbing at Sugarloaf Mountain - Sept. 30

 Registration: Aug. 25 – Sept. 26

Fees:

  • Student: $30
  • Faculty/Staff: $37

Our first climbing trip of the semester is a great opportunity to try climbing for the first time. This area is a short walk from the car and hosts excellent climbing overlooking western Maryland from the top of Sugarloaf Mountain!

Backpacking at Dolly Sods Wilderness - Oct. 13 - 15

Registration: Aug. 25 - Oct. 8

Fees:

  • Student: $65
  • Faculty/Staff: $81

Located in the highlands of West Virginia, Dolly Sods is the ideal location for your first backpacking trip.  Open alpine meadows are accentuated by wind-carved rock outcroppings and plants and animals typically found much farther north in Canada and Alaska: Dolly Sods is truly one of a kind!

Rock Climbing at Great Falls - Oct. 15

Registration: Aug. 25 – Oct. 10

Fees:

  • Student: $30
  • Faculty/Staff: $37

This is your last chance to try rock climbing this semester, so come on out! The cliffs of Great Falls offer great climbing for all skill levels and even better views of the Potomac River’s Mather Gorge.

Overnight Biking at the C&O Canal - Oct. 21 - 22

Registration: Aug. 25 – Oct. 15

Fees:

  • Student: $50
  • Faculty/Staff: $62

Our last trip of the semester is one of our most unique! This overnight trip will teach you the essentials of “bike-packing” as you ride along the scenic and historic C&O Canal Towpath.

Trip Registration

Fall 2017 trip registration will open on August 25 at recreation.towson.edu.

Kayaking Clinics

Every Wednesday, 8:30-10:30 p.m., starting August 30 and ending December 6.

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!