Hampden-Sydney is a “hidden gem for outdoorsmen,” according to Field & Stream, which has named us one of the best colleges for hunters and anglers. If you’re at home in the great outdoors, Hampden-Sydney — with its 1,300-acre campus in the heart of Virginia — is the place for you.

Biking and Hiking

Hampden-Sydney students need only step outside to take advantage of the forests surrounding the College, where 3 miles of the Wilson Trail provides hiking and biking paths. The 35-mile High Bridge Trail State Park is 5 miles north of campus, and you can be on the Appalachian Trail in less than 45 minutes.

Canoeing, Kayaking, and SUPing

Farmville is home of the nationally-acclaimed outfitter, Appomattox River Company, so you can be sure that paddle sports are a big deal here, with many nearby rivers, lakes, and streams for canoeing, kayaking, or stand-up paddle boarding. You can borrow equipment from the Office of Student Affairs or rent it from Sandy River Outdoor Adventures.

Disc Golf

Tadpole Holes is a very technical 18-hole disc golf course drawing enthusiasts of the sport from around the Southeast. It weaves through the woods surrounding the High Adventure Course, practice fields, and Tadpole Hole lake.

High Adventure Course

Nestled in the trees behind Kirby Field House, Hampden-Sydney's new High Adventure Course features a vertical climbing wall, suspended ropes obstacles, and a zip line extending over Tadpole Hole.

Hunting and Fishing

There are three bass-fishing lakes on campus, and several of Virginia's premier fishing destinations are close by: Sandy River Reservoir and Briery Creek Reservoir. If you hunt, Central Virginia boasts terrific whitetail habitat, sits on the edge of the Atlantic coast flyway, and offers numerous dove fields and quail preserves.

Service and Adventure

Beyond the Hill is Hampden-Sydney's service and adventure program. Hampden-Sydney students have the opportunity to participate in both adventure and service-oriented programs from fly-fishing adventure excursions to service-oriented mission trips.

Skiing and Snowboarding

Local ski resorts, like WintergreenMassanutten, and Snowshoe, are short drives to the west. Using their Hampden-Sydney discounts, students often take weekend trips to the mountians.

High Adventure Schedule, Fall 2023

Outsiders Club Takes on the Gauley River

FREE Equipment Rental

Want an adventure, but don't have the equipment? Borrow it from the Office of Student Affairs!

Students showing off their outdoor gear at H-SCIt's really easy, so gather a group of friends, come check out our inventory, or contact us!

What we offer:

  • Bicycles - cruisers & mountain bikes
  • Golf passes to The Manor
  • Tents and tarps
  • Camping essentials
  • Cornhole boards and bags
  • Kayaks, canoes, & SUP
  • Frisbees for Frisbee Golf (H-SC Fitness Center)
  • Waiver Form for H-SC Bike, Kayak, Canoe or SUP

Still don't see what you need? Visit Sandy River Outdoor Adventures.

Contact Student Affairs Staff

Nearby Parks and Recreation

Prince Edward State Forest
The Prince Edward-Gallion State Forest is a short drive away from campus and has about 6,500 acres of excellent land for hiking, wildlife watching, biking, horseback riding, hunting and fishing.

Sandy River Adventure Park & Ropes Course
Sandy River Outdoor Adventures features an Adventure Park with over 60 obstacles, and 20 zip lines. You can paddle the Appomattox River or the Sandy River Reservoir or take to the trails and pedal High Bridge State Park.

High Bridge Trail State Park 
This 33.8-mile long multi-use trail is ideal for hiking, bicycling,and horseback riding.

Twin Lakes State Park 
This historic park offers swimming, fishing, boating, lakefront picnicking. and overnight accommodations, including a campground and cabins. Hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians can take advantage of a multiuse trail developed in conjunction with Prince Edward-Gallion State Forest.

  • Newest Feather in High Adventure Cap

    February 23, 2022

    High Adventure at Hampden-Sydney College has gotten even more exciting, with the campus’ brand new 18-hole disc golf course drawing enthusiasts of the sport from around the Southeast since its completion in early December.

    Tadpole Holes Open

Director of High Adventure

Scott Schmolesky 
Brown Student Center | (434) 223-6717 

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