Outdoor Adventures Trips
Trips are available for current students, faculty and staff of UWF.
Tubing August 31
Kick off the semester right with a leisurely float down the Coldwater River. Transportation, tubes, coolers for lunches, and guides are provided. Bring sun protection, a bag lunch, a change of clothes, and water. Begin the semester with a nice relaxing day.
Day Canoe Trip September 13
Come with OA and enjoy a leisurely paddle down the scenic Blackwater River. Outdoor Adventures will provide transportation, canoe equipment, and coolers. Our instructors also provide some basic canoe instruction so no prior canoeing experience is necessary to be a part of this exciting trip. Participants should wear clothing they don’t mind getting wet and jeans are not recommended. All you will have to bring is water, a bag lunch and sun protection (sunscreen, hats). While on the river we will stop on one of the many white sand beaches and enjoy our picnic lunch.
Whitewater Rafting on the Ocoee River September 19-21
The Ocoee is known for its bouncy ride, warm waters and fun raft guides, a great river for both beginners and experienced rafters. For this trip we will be doing a “double header” down the middle section which gets you two runs down the river and a picnic lunch. We will be camping and all food, gear, transportation will be provided. Get ready for some heart-pounding fun!
Florida Caverns Day Trip and highest point in FL September 26
Join us as we head to Marianna, Florida to visit the Florida Caverns State Park. This is one of the few state parks with dry (air-filled) caves and the only state park in Florida to offer cave tours to the public. The cave has some amazing formations of limestone stalactites, stalagmites, soda straws, flowstones, and draperies. We will provide transportation and entrance into the park. Make sure you bring a lunch so we can enjoy a picnic lunch after the tour. On the way back we will stop at the Highest Point in Florida. This is the lowest high point in the United States.
Minimalist 3-day Backpacking Trip October 10-12
Have you been looking for a trip to hone you backpacking skills? Have you been dying to learn some awesome survival tips? This trip is just for you. Come hike through the gorgeous Sipsey Wilderness area in the Bankhead National Forest, Alabama. The Outdoor Adventures Program will be providing transportation, hiking packs, tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads and cooking stoves. Participants will be required to carry all their gear, food and water for the duration of the trip. This trip is recommended for Intermediate level hikers (some hiking experience is preferred, students are expected to walk for 6-8+ hours a day, over varying terrains with a 40-60lbs backpack). There will be two mandatory pre-trip meetings that all participants must attend to discuss the trip and ensure proper gear has been packed. Hiking boots that have been broken-in are recommended for this trip.
Overnight Canoe Trip October 18-19
Relieve some stress and escape your comfort zone by joining Outdoor Adventures on an overnight canoeing camping trip. This is a great trip for beginner campers who are looking to test out their skills in a backcountry situation. We will be paddling down the river with all our gear and spending the night on one of the many white sand beaches. OA will provide transportation, all canoeing gear, camping equipment, food, and an experienced guide.
Backpacking in Blackwater to Alabama Border November 7-9
Classes stressing you out and you need a break from the congested Pensacola? Here is a trip for you! Come join Outdoor Adventures as we hike to the Alabama border for the weekend. We will provide the transportation, hiking equipment, and an experienced guide. Participants will be required to carry all their gear, food and water for the duration of the trip. This trip is recommended for Intermediate level hikers (some hiking experience is preferred, students are expected to walk for 6-8+ hours a day, over varying terrains with a 40-60lbs backpack) the terrain will be varied in elevation and difficulty. There will be two mandatory pre trip meetings that all participants must attend to discuss the trip and ensure proper gear has been packed. Hiking boots that have been broken-in are recommended for this trip.
Horse Pens 40 Bouldering Trip November 14-16
Looking to start climbing outside, then this is the trip for you! Join OA as we head up to one of the best bouldering sites in the southeast. We will spend the day and night honing our bouldering skills and camping next to some great routes. OA will be providing camping gear, food, bouldering pads, climbing shoes, and chalk. Come try your climbing skills outside the rock wall.
Cumberland Island Thanksgiving Backpacking November 26-30
We will head to Cumberland island national park and spend the first night in Crooked River State Park and enjoy a backcountry Thanksgiving Dinner. The next morning we will catch the ferry to Cumberland Island and start hiking towards our first campground where we will set up camp and explore. The third day we will hike to our second campsite, set up camp and explore some more. On the fourth day we will pack up and head back to the ferry port to catch it back to the mainland and head back to Pensacola. OA will provide transportation, camping gear and staff. Participants will be expected to walk for 6-8+ hours a day, over varying terrains with a 40-60lbs backpack. Participants will be required to pack in all their gear and participate in a prior backpacking trip.
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Register at the Service Desk of the Health, Leisure, and Sports Facility. Full payment must be made with registration. There is no registration deadline, i.e. as soon as a trip is posted on the web or elsewhere you can register, and registration will continue possibly up to a day before trip departure unless the trip has filled.
All trips require some preparation. Much of the needed information is covered in the trip handouts, which participants receive at the pre-trip meeting.
Certain indicated trips have a pre-trip meeting to cover necessary safety information. Participants are required to attend the pre-trip meeting, unless receiving permission in advance, otherwise you will lose your spot, no refund. Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held the Thursday before a trip at 6pm in the Conference Room.
Refund requests must be made prior to the refund deadline, which is the seventh day before a trip starts, unless otherwise indicated. Trips cancelled due to weather or insufficient participation will be refunded. You can register after the refund deadline.
Members of the HLS Facility (such as current students) are permitted sponsorship of one guest per trip for a fee of $5.00. The guest fee is paid in addition to the normal trip fee at the customer service desk at the time of payment for a trip. The sponsor must accompany their guest on the trip and are responsible for the actions or their guest. This policy is based on the HLS Facility Policies.
Trips include transportation, parking and camping fees, all equipment beyond clothing and personal items, food for overnights, and skills instruction. Please contact us with any questions or comments. See you soon!
Register at the Service Desk of the Health, Leisure, and Sports Facility. Full payment must be made with registration. There is no registration deadline, i.e. as soon as a trip is posted on the web or elsewhere you can register, and registration will continue possibly up to a day before trip departure unless the trip has filled. For more information please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.