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Explore the great outdoors

A program designed with you in mind, Outdoor Pursuits is determined to give you the chance to experience the outdoors and learn the skills you need to enjoy being outside. Stop by the Outdoor Center, located in the Student Recreation Center, to learn more.

Explore our list of fall 2023 trips, and you're sure to find the perfect fit!

Mountain Biking at Tyler State Park

Sept. 16
Cost: $35

Join us for a day of mountain biking at Tyler State Park! Enjoy zipping through the pine forests and rolling hills with several miles of established hike and bike trails. Riders of all experience levels welcome.

Transportation, entry fees, and lunch will be provided, and you'll get to sleep in the comfort of your own bed after a long day out on the trails.

Day at the Lake

Sept. 23
Cost: Free

Meet us out at Lake Nacogdoches to enjoy the warm and beautiful weather. Bring your friends and try out a stand up paddleboard, kayak or canoe! Gear, lunch and snacks provided.

Backpacking in Big Thicket

Turkey Creek Trail with Pitcher Plant Loop

Oct. 20-22
Cost: $50

Spend a weekend backpacking in the beautiful Big Thicket National Preserve. We will hike the turkey creek trail and take a detour to look at rare carnivorous pitcher plants. This trip is the perfect opportunity to try out camping and backpacking for the first time.

Backpacking in the Ozarks

Buffalo River Trail

Nov. 18-22
Cost: $200

This three-day backpacking trip explores a section of the beautiful Buffalo River Trail in northwest Arkansas. Experience the incredible backcountry of the Natural State, from imposing cliff faces rising out of the trees to stunning vistas overlooking the Buffalo National River.

Climbing at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch

Nov. 18-22
Cost: $250

What could be better than three days of rock climbing? Join us as we pull down on pristine sandstone, climbing some of the finest sport routes in the South. Enjoy beautiful views of the ranch and surrounding mountains while hanging 70 feet off the ground and relax each night by a campfire while swapping stories from the day's ascents.

Frequently Asked Questions

Trips and Clinics

Can a beginner participate on the trips?

By all means, yes! We love to introduce people to a new activity that may become their next favorite hobby.

Can I bring a non-member guest on the trip?

Yes. Non-member guests are allowed to participate. One Campus Recreation member may invite one guest per trip. The cost of the guest will be 15% above the member price.

How can I pay for trips?

We accept cash, checks, credit cards and debit cards.

What do I bring on an Outdoor Pursuits trip?

You will need to bring your clothes and personal items. Other than that, all group gear, such as tents, sleeping bags, stoves, etc., are provided. We also cover all transportation costs during the trip, all entrance and activity fees, and food.

Are refunds issued?

A full refund (minus a $10 administrative fee) will be given if you cancel prior to the trip registration deadline. If you do not cancel before this, no refund is available unless another participant signs up for the trip in your place. You are then issued a refund minus the administrative fee. Be advised that refunds may take up to 15 business days to process.

For more information about the Outdoor Pursuits program, call 936.468.6055, or email



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Physical Address:
Student Recreation Center
1817 Wilson Drive

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13016, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962