Outdoors & Recreation

WaterfallThe area is home to some of the best camping and hiking in the United States. In addition to an extensive park and hiking trail system in Charlottesville and Albemarle, nearby national parks include the George Washington National Forest and the Shenandoah National Park.

Regional rivers and lakes offer ample opportunities for fishing, canoeing, kayaking and tubing. The Blue Ridge Mountains showcase gorgeous foliage in the fall and extraordinary views from many roads and trails year-round.

Ski enthusiasts enjoy the slopes at Wintergreen Resort, just 45 minutes from town, as well as Massanutten Resort in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Neighboring West Virginia offers the Snowshoe and Canaan Valley resorts, including White Grass, known for its cross-country skiing.

Read about student-recommended outdoor and recreation activities.