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 2018 trips

Hiking at Rocks State Park - Mar. 10

Registration: Jan. 27 - Mar. 7


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

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 of King and Queen's Seat towering almost 200 feet above you.

Sequoia National Park Spring Break - Mar. 17 - 24

Registration: Jan. 27 - Feb. 26


  • Student: $375
  • Faculty/Staff: $465

Big trees mean big adventure. Join Outdoor Adventures this Spring Break at Sequoia National Park as we backpack through some of the oldest trees in the world. You’ll make new friends and memories as we marvel at the mountains and continue to challenge yourself as we lower into canyons. 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 Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).  Participants will be responsible for arranging airfare to and from Los Angeles (approx. $450-550 round trip). 

Rock Climbing at Great Falls - Apr. 7

Registration: Jan. 27 - Apr. 3


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

This is your first 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.

 Sea Kayaking the Chesapeake Bay - Apr. 8

 Registration: Jan. 27 - Apr. 3


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

For the first time ever, Outdoor Adventures is offering sea kayaking trips. Join us as we paddle from Rocky Point State Park to “island hop” and see the Chesapeake Bay from a brand new perspective. We’ll see wildlife, historic lighthouses, and enjoy lunch on a secluded island beach.

 Backpacking at Michaux State Forest - Apr. 13 - 15

 Registration: Jan. 27 - Apr. 8


  • Student: $60
  • Faculty/Staff: $75

Situated along the Appalachian Trail just across the MD-PA 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 this weekend!

Rock Climbing at Sugarloaf Mountain - Apr. 22

Registration: Jan. 27 - Apr. 17


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

Our last 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!

Mountain Biking at Loch Raven Reservoir - Apr. 29

Registration: Jan. 27 - Apr. 23


  • Student: $20
  • Faculty/Staff: $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!

Kayaking at Muddy Creek - May 5

Registration: Jan. 27 - May 1


  • 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. 

Hiking and Camping at Greenbrier State Park - May 5 - 6

Registration: Jan. 27 - Apr. 29


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

If you’ve never camped before, this is the trip for you. Enjoy views of Western Maryland along the Appalachian Trail as well as from several state parks within a short drive of camp. We’ll finish our day camped out under the stars, sharing stories around the campfire, s’mores in hand.

Kayaking at Gunpowder River - May 12

Registration: Jan. 27 - May 8


  • 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.

Stand Up Paddleboarding - May 13

Registration: Jan. 27 - May 6


  • Student: $25
  • Faculty/Staff: $31

Our last trip of the spring term is a first for Outdoor Adventures – stand up paddleboarding! Join us on the calm, clear waters of Dundee Creek.  Try some yoga if you want or just paddle around and take in the scenery, it’s up to you as long as you’re having fun in the sun.

Summer Road Trip Adventure - June 4 -8

Registration: Jan. 27 - May 6


  • Student: $350
  • Faculty/Staff: $435

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 Virgina 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

Spring 2018 trip registration will open on January 27 on the Campus Recreation registration portal


Kayaking Clinic

Every Wednesday, 8:30 - 10:30 p.m., starting Jan. 31 and ending May 9.

Fees: FREE

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!

Climbing Clinic

Every Tuesday, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. and every Thursday, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., starting February 5 in the Outdoor Adventure Center.

Fees: $10

Learn how to conquer the climbing wall! Climbing clinics cover Top Rope skills and belaying. Participants will be able to leave the class ready to take a belay test. Come to one or come to all. Registration ahead of time is preferred. Reserve your spot through the portal or by visiting Membership & Guest Services.