Nestled in the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, Lexington and Rockbridge County offer plenty of reasons to strap on a pair of hiking boots and enjoy the cool mountain air. Students enjoy trips with the Outing Club and their quintessential guidebook is available in the Commons Campus Bookstore, which includes even more details than listed here about climbing, canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking and fishing. The list below highlights some more popular options:
Tubing the Maury River
A Spring Term student favorite, an inner tube, bathing suit and relaxed state-of-mind are all that is required for a nice afternoon. On sunnier days, don’t forget the sunscreen and a Klean Kanteen, available in the bookstore. Students also enjoy the waters at Goshen Pass or Panther Falls.
Hiking House Mountain
One of the undeniable student traditions to be accomplished before graduation, this hike offers two options for the adventurous outdoors enthusiast. The closest option to campus, students often explore other regional favorites like Crabtree Falls and Devil’s Marbleyard.
Whether you use the playtime standard or the more advanced three discs, this on-campus course offers beautiful views of the valley.
The cross country teams know the area well and recommend a variety of paths. Trails on the back part of campus offer multiple shaded routes, but another popular option, Woods Creek Trail, runs all the way behind VMI to Tom Lee Park. The Chessie Trail is a long, flat, meandering option along the Maury River, under I-81 and out past cow pastures.
While many aficionados would say Virginia has nothing in comparison to the west coast for white powder, we think students at Middlebury would agree that the east coast has perfectly good options for wintery slopes. Wintergreen is the largest resort in-state, only an hour away, and Snowshoe in West Virginia is less than three hours away.