Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Lynchburg Named a "Best Adventure Town" by National Geographic

Randolph College's hometown of Lynchburg, Virginia has been named one of the 100 Best Adventure Towns by National Geographic.

The list highlights 100 cities in the United States with a wealth of outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, biking, kayaking, climbing, snowboarding, and more.

Randolph College is two blocks away from the Blackwater Creek Natural Area, a 7-mile rails-to-trails project with off-road bike trails as well as paved pathways for walking, jogging, or biking. Students who don't own a bike can borrow one from the Environmental Club Bike Sharing Program.

Just 20 minutes driving distance away are the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are clearly visible from campus. The mountains afford numerous fishing, hiking, camping, rock-climbing, canoeing, kayaking, and snow skiing opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast.

Smith Mountain Lake offers boating, water skiing, tubing and other water sports.

On campus, the College’s exciting new field and track offers the best in all-weather playing surface, lighting, and spectator seating. The eight-lane all-weather track is suitable for competitive training as well as recreational jogging or walking. The all-weather playing field contains material created from recycled tires that is both state-of-the-art and eco-friendly. The complex serves student recreational and intramural activities as well as varsity sports.

The College’s nationally recognized Riding Program has its own nearly 100-acre facility just minutes from campus at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Program has won three ODAC championships since 2002. Both women and men compete on the riding team, but the Riding Program provides instruction for the casual rider as well.