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.
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.