Outdoor Adventures

Through our outdoor recreation program, we host various adventures for the UMW community, including hiking, canoeing, kayaking, tubing, rock climbing, white water rafting, and more. Our skilled trip leaders provide guidance and expertise on all adventures. The level of difficulty varies from adventure to adventure, but each trip is an opportunity to explore the outdoors while working on your physical, emotional and social wellness. Join us!


Fall 2018 Trip Schedule
9/8 Lewis Falls Hike
9/15 Local Trail Cleanup Hike
9/22 Carl’s Ice Cream Bike Ride
9/23 White Oak Canyon Falls Hike
9/30 Tubing on the Rappahannock
10/6-7 Sunrise Hike to Tinker Cliffs
10/20 South Valley Trail Hike

Adventures we’ve embarked on:
– Tubing on the Rappahannock River in Fredericksburg, VA
– Hiking Hawksbill Mountain in the Shenandoah National Park (Distance: 2.9 miles, Difficulty: moderate to strenuous)
– Hiking to Bearfence Viewpoint in the Shenandoah National Park (Distance: 1.1 miles, Difficulty: easy)
– Hiking Old Rag in the Shenandoah National Park (Distance: 9.1 miles, Difficulty: very strenuous)
– Indoor Rock Climbing at Rocky Top Climbing Gym in Charlottesville, VA
– Whitewater Rafting on the New River in Fayetteville, West Virginia
– Caving at Kees Cave in West Virginia

See what trips we’re currently accepting registrations for at campusrec.umw.edu

We’re thankful to work with organizations like the Virginia Outdoor Center, the WILDGUYde, and ACE Adventure Resort to provide you awesome experiences!


The costs of our trips vary from $10-$250 based on the location and duration of the adventure. Registration costs guarantee your spot on the trip, as well as cover transportation, equipment, and activity fees.

How to Register

1. Go to campusrec.umw.edu
2. Click “Log In” in the top right corner of the webpage
3. Click the BLUE button that says “Sign in with UMW Net ID and Password”
4. Enter your UMW username and password
5. Once you’re logged in, on the home page, click the “Outdoor Adventures” icon
6. Select the trip for which you’d like to register
7. Follow the steps to make your payment. Please note that you will be taken to an external site to make your payment. You must submit your payment and continue moving through the steps until you see a “Successful Payment” confirmation page.

Meet Your Outdoor Rec Staff

Each trip is staffed by 1-2 of our CPR certified trip leaders who provide guidance, safety, and expertise.

Outdoor Recreation Student Coordinators, 2018-19
Lizzy Wainer
Julia Manuel

Outdoor Recreation Trip Leaders
Information coming soon!

If you’re a UMW student interested in joining the Campus Recreation team, please visit careers.umw.edu to view our open positions.

Outdoor Resources

Our online Resource Center provides you with information needed to explore the local outdoors on your own. Our Trip Leaders have compiled various resources that guarantee an amazing outdoor experience! We encourage you to subscribe to the Outdoor Resource Center to receive updates about our trips, environmental friendly “Leave No Trace” tips to make our campus more sustainable and Eco-friendly, and more.


To learn more about SOAR, the summer orientation adventure retreat, visit the SOAR page!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can I use my EagleONE card to pay for an adventure?
A. Yes. If you have money pre-loaded on your EagleONE card, we will accept that as a form of payment at the Fitness Center front desk.
Q. When, where and what time do we leave for an adventure?
A. The trip van leaves from the Anderson Center parking lot. Upon registration, you will receive an itinerary specific to your trip.
Q. If I can’t go on an adventure, will I receive a refund?
A. Campus Recreation enforces a no-refund policy for cancellations and reserves the right to determine whether a refund request will be accepted or declined.
Q. What should I bring on a trip?
A. Every adventure requires different equipment. You will receive a packing list upon registration.

Contact Us!

If you’d like to speak with someone in Campus Recreation, please email campusrec@umw.edu or call 540-654-1732 during business hours.


Equipment Rentals

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Our Rental Center has equipment for your personal outdoor adventures. UMW students, employees, and alumni members have access to rent this equipment all throughout the year. Our equipment rentals come with a small, daily fee per item. View our rental center agreement.


View our current pricing grid by visiting this link.


Air Mattress (Twin)
Back Packs
Camp Pads
Camp Stoves
Cornhole Boards
Dry Bags (5L, 10L, 22L)
Flashlights (Small, Medium, Large, Utility)
Kayak Paddles
Sleeping Bags
Tents (2- and 4-Person)
Water Carriers

How To Rent Equipment

Reservations must be made 2-3 days ahead of time online or in person and will be rented out on a first come, first-served basis. Items can be reserved for up to 6 days.

To reserve online, please email the following information to campusrec@umw.edu:
– equipment you’d like to rent (up to 3 unique items)
– quantities
– desired pick-up date
– desired drop-off date

Once your request has been approved, you will receive a confirmation email with your pickup and drop off times, as well as a summary of items and total cost. Items can be picked up and dropped off at the UMW Fitness Center during open hours.

Reservations may be cancelled at any time prior to pick-up. If reserved equipment is not checked out at the agreed upon time of pick up, the reservation will be cancelled.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is your rental agreement?
A. Great question! Check it out here.
Q. Can I make a group reservation?
A. Yes! To make a group reservation please contact campusrec@umw.edu. Group reservations must be made a minimum of 1-2 weeks in advance and are priced on a different scale, so it is important to contact the Campus Rec staff.
Q. Can pay for a rented item online?
A. At this time, we are only able to accept payments in person at the Fitness Center front desk. Rental fees can be paid with cash, credit, check or Eagle One. Payments for violations of any of the terms stated in the Rental Agreement will be notified and if not paid, will be added to the respective student account.
Q. What happens if I damage the rented equipment?
A. Patrons returning equipment in a damaged condition will not be allowed to check out equipment again until the replacement fee is paid.

Contact Us!

If you’d like to speak with someone in Campus Recreation, please email campusrec@umw.edu or call 540-654-1732 during business hours.