Outdoor Adventures
Outdoor Adventures

The University of South Alabama Outdoor Adventures staff members believe that there is more to your college experience than dorm rooms, diners, and “dead brains” during finals. Our staff is passionate abut the outdoors and sharing their passion with others. Whether you are a greenhorn camper, a weekend warrior, or the host of a wilderness survival show, Outdoor Adventures has something for you. If you are new to outdoor recreation, don't worry! Our staff is knowledgeable and will provide all the instruction and gear needed for your trip. Select the trip below to find out more information or to register. If you have a trip idea, let us know! We will be more than happy to rent gear to you and assist with planning. Contact Michael Brown at 460-6214 or michaelbrown@southalabama.edu for more information. Come join us as we hike, climb, cave, paddle, and explore the world.

2015 Fall Trip Series
Full moon paddle: August 29th
Join us for our full moon paddle in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta. We will leave from the Bluegill restaurant and paddle north on the Apalachee River. After a short ways we will enter Whiskey Ditch, a small creek that makes its way through the local vegetation until opening up into a small pond in the middle of the marshes. We will pass by a variety of animals and plants while being guided by the light of the full moon.
Students: $5          Faculty/Staff: $10          Guests: $15

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Indian Mound Paddle: September 5th
Hidden inside the vast Mobile-Tensaw Delta are the remains of one of the largest Mississippian culture Native-American tribes. Mound Island still has 18 mounds scattered throughout. Join Outdoor Adventures as we travel through beautiful Bottle Creek to journey back in time and see the delta how it use to be. Along the way we also stop and see the state champion Bald Cypress tree which is over 27ft in diameter
Students: $15          Faculty/Staff: $20          Guests: $30

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This is the Outdoor Adventure Trip just for freshmen! Gravine Island offers a great and relaxing day paddle. Paddle with us on a tranquil Byrnes lake until it opens up into the Tensaw River. Right across the river you will run into Gravine Island. A large island in the middle of the Delta that offers a great beach to relax on, woods to explore, and water to play in. This trip is only for freshmen!
Cost: $5

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Every year hundreds of volunteers from all across the coast participate in the annual Alabama Coastal Clean Up. In the 27 years this cleanup effort has been happening over 700 tons of trash have been removed from the Mobile and Baldwin county coastal areas. This year we are working in the Dog River clean up zone to help pick up some trashed out areas and improve the paddling river in our own backyard! This is a free trip to get out on the water and do some good for the environment.
Students: Free          Faculty/Staff: Free          Guests: Free

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The Skyway Loop in the Talladega National Forest is appropriately named. We will start our hike with a short walk on day one to Cheaha falls shelter where we will be lulled to sleep by the sound of the nearby waterfall. Our next day we will hike through the Chinnabee Trail and camp by mountain streams near Adams Gap. On our last day we will hike along Skyway trail where we will be blessed with scenic outlooks throughout the trail. The Talladega National Forest offer some of the highest elevation points in Alabama and some of the best views. Come on a hike with Outdoor Adventures!
Students: $40          Faculty/Staff: $45          Guests: $50

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In early October hundreds of species of birds come through our area on their migratory path back down to South America. Why not see some of them? Bayou La Batre offers a great area to do this. We will put on the water and paddle to two islands known to be nesting areas for several species of shorebirds. If birding isn’t your thing it is okay! It will be a great day to paddle around some islands, explore, eat lunch on the water, and just get outside!
Students: $5          Faculty/Staff: $10          Guests: $20

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Explore the history of our naval air fleet and experience it in an IMAX at the Penscaola Naval Air Museum
Students: $15          Faculty/Staff: $20          Guests: $25

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The 250 mile long Bartram Canoe trail winds its way throughout every nook and cranny in the Delta. We however will only see about 15 miles on our three days. Spending the first day on floating platform and the second day on Mound Island there will be plenty to see though. The days will be filled with numerous birds and the night with beautiful stars. This is a great way to start your fall break!
Students: $25          Faculty/Staff: $30          Guests: $40

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Horse Pens 40 is one of the premier bouldering locations located in the East. Located on Alabama’s third highest mountain there are over 40 acres of areas to explore. With bouldering problems like Eight Ball, Bumboy, and Mortal Combat there are plenty of routes to try for beginners to advanced climbers. Come and experience all that Horse Pens 40 has to offer. No climbing experience necessary!
Students: $35          Faculty/Staff: $40          Guests: $50

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More than 17 miles of hiking and biking trails wind through hardwood hills, sandy pine flats and across swamps on wooden bridges at Chickasabouge Park. We will leave the University in the morning to hit the trails. One loop should take us to lunch and we will do some more biking after lunch. Chickasabouge offers some of the best cycling in the state as it holds many state wide bike races throughout the year. You must be able to provide your own bike and helmet but we will transport you! Come and hit the trails with Outdoor Adventures.
Students: $5          Faculty/Staff: $10          Guests: $15

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Tumbling Rock is one of the largest caves in the state of Alabama. The horizontal cave is 2.5 miles long (5 miles round trip) with the majority a walking passage. The cave is known as a beginner cave because of its ease of navigability and its few crawl spaces. The cave features a variety or cave features and formations. We will leave the Student Recreation Center at 2pm and drive up to tumbling rock that day. Saturday we will spend the day inside the cave and then return on Sunday stopping at another nearby cave. Two caves in one weekend!
Students: $55          Faculty/Staff: $60          Guests: $65

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Swim with these gentle but massive creatures while camping in beautiful Homosassa Florida
Students: $100          Faculty/Staff: $150          Guests: $200

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It may not be Breckenridge but North Carolina has some mountains that offer fun and exciting slopes. Experience not needed just a great attitude!
Students: $400          Faculty/Staff: $450          Guests: $500

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