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Outdoor Activities

  • Canoeing and Kayaking
    Whitewater Sports on the James and Maury
    The Shenandoah Valley is a mecca for whitewater sports. Canoeing, kayaking and rafting one of the area rivers is a must. There are many rivers within a short drive of Lexington.
  • Caving
    W&L is fortunate to be located in the center of the limestone region of Virginia. The state of Virginia contains over 3650 known caves.
  • Climbing
    Goshen Pass and Iron Gate
    Virginia boasts several great climbing areas. Many of these areas are only an hour's drive from Lexington.
  • Fishing
    Flyfishing the Maury and South Rivers
    The Maury River is located entirely in Rockbridge County and offers great float trips. Parts of South River near Irish Creek are regularly stocked in the Spring and Fall, and fishing is good.
  • Hiking Trails
    A Selection of Nine Nearby Trails
    Brushy Hills, Chessie Nature Trail, Devil's Marbleyard, Goshen Pass, House Mountain, Mount Pleasant and Mount Pompey, North Mountain, Panther Falls and the back campus
  • Hunting
    Many Seasons throughout the School Year
    W&L is located in an area that affords wonderful hunting opportunities. Upland birds, small game, deer, wild turkeys and black bear can be hunted during seasons that extend through the entire academic year.
  • Mountain Biking
    Three Nearby Rides
    The Lexington area is a mountain bikers dream. Its location in the Shenandoah Valley, flanked by the Allegheny and Blue ridge Mountains, and its proximity to the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests provide for an unusual opportunity to get off paved roads and explore.
  • Skiing
    Downhill and Cross-Country
    Though you don’t think of Virginia when you think of skiing, within three hours drive from Lexington, you will find six different resorts. The areas are small, but they provide a great opportunity for beginning skiers and snowboarders.
  • Road Biking
    Five Rides in Lexington and Rockbridge County
    These five rides offer a variety of terrain and scenery in Rockbridge County, ranging from flat to rolling to challenging rideable roads for all ability levels. These rides range from short excursions to longer forays into the surrounding countryside.