Outdoor Enthusiast’s Paradise
Farmville’s unique location offers a convenient 30-45 minute drive to one of 6 Virginia State parks: Twin Lakes State Park, Holiday State Park, Pocahontas State Park, James River State Park, Bear Creek Lake State Park and the newest addition to Virginia’s parks, High Bridge State Park. Virginia is known for their beautiful, well kept parks and numerous recreational activities. These four parks live up to the reputation with hiking, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, playgrounds, picnic shelters, anything and everything!
Twin Lakes State Park, centrally located in Virginia’s Piedmont region, provides visitors from all over the Commonwealth with a variety of lakefront activities in a secluded setting. Swimming, camping, fishing, biking, canoeing and hiking are popular activities. There are two cabin areas, Twin Lake’s Cabins and Cedar Crest Cabins, each with two bedrooms. In addition there are 34 campsites available throughout the park. For information on availability of overnight accommodations, particular park amenities or to make a reservation, you can reserve online or call 1-800-933-PARK.
Nestled in the heart of Cumberland State Forest, Bear Creek Lake is the perfect getaway for the outdoor enthusiast. The park offers camping, cabins, a meeting facility, an archery range, lakeside picnicking, playgrounds, hiking and access to a 14-mile multi-use trail in the state forest. For information on availability of overnight accommodations, particular park amenities or to make a reservation, you can reserve online or call 1-800-933-PARK. Reservations are highly recommended.
Deep in the heart of Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest, Holiday Lake State Park is a paradise for the outdoor enthusiast. Fishing for largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill is a popular activity in the 150-acre lake within the park. For information on availability of overnight accommodations, particular park amenities or to make a reservation, you can reserve online or call 1-800-933-PARK.
James River State Park is one of the state’s newest parks. The park has numerous options for overnight stays, and offers access to nearly 20 miles of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails. Canoes, kayaks, tubes and bicycles can be rented at James River Outdoor Adventures (livery) by the canoe landing. The livery also sells camping supplies, snacks, t-shirts, hats, souvenirs and more. With so many activities to do and not enough time, you will just have to stay the night and why not? With 57 campsites, 16 cabins and 2 lodges there is plenty of room for you. For information on availability of overnight accommodations, particular park amenities or to make a reservation, you can reserve online or call 1-800-933-PARK.
Just 20 miles from downtown Richmond, the capital of Virginia, Pocahontas State Park has been one of the more popular parks in the state park system. Swift Creek forms the nucleus of the park, which is centered in a wildlife management area. Amenities include: amphitheater, swimming pool and aquatic recreation center, hiking trials, bridle trials, biking trials, Beaver Lake, Swift Creek, Restricted hunting areas, gift shop and nature programs. In addition, the park offers cabins and campsites for rent. For information on availability of overnight accommodations, particular park amenities or to make a reservation, you can reserve online or call 1-800-933-PARK.
The newest addition to the Virginia State Park system, the linear High Bridge State Park, scheduled to open in 2009, will be the closest park to Farmville. The new rail-trail state park draws its name from the aptly named High Bridge. Located in Farmville, it is 2,400 feet long and towers 160 feet above the Appomattox River. The trail will be opened for a number of non-motorized activities – hiking, bicycling and horseback riding – with High Bridge being the focal point. The park’s linear design will stretch 33.5 miles, roughly paralleling U.S. Route 460. For more information on the progress of park construction or general information, visit Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation’s website to access the High Bridge Progress Newsletter.
Fishing, Boating, and More!
If you’re looking for some water sports activities, you’ll have some decisions to make. If you’re looking for an exciting canoeing or kayacking trip then you should visit one of the 3 major rivers in the area: the Appomattox, the Willis, or the James River. If you’re looking one of the best fishing holes in Virginia then you should visit one of the 3 lakes in the area: Sandy River Reservoir, Briery Creek Lake or Wilck’s Lake. Or you can spend a day at one of the nearby state parks, splashing in the water or hiking the trails.
The Sandy River Reservoir is a 740-acre county-owned lake in Prince Edward that is stocked and managed by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Public facilities at the reservoir include a double board ramp with courtesy pier and a 150-foot fishing pier.
The nationally regarded 845-acre Briery Creek Lake and 3,100 acre Wildlife Management Area, located about seven miles south of Farmville, appeals to hunters and fishermen.
Wilck’s Lake, a 35 acre lake and 175 acre natural area, is a lovely retreat positioned just a few blocks from campus.
Let’s Go Golfing
Fore!!!! Not much of the nature loving outdoors enthusiast? Well no problem. Just hit the links at one of 4 area golf courses, including the 18-hole, PGA sanctioned, Manor Golf Club.
Chosen as one of the “Best New Golf Courses of 2007” by Golf Digest Magazine, the 18-hole PGA sanctioned Manor Resort Golf Club offers area golfers with one the finest golf experiences in the U.S. The Manor Resort Golf Club is a one of a kind golf course in a spectacular setting and features bent grass greens, fairways, and tees. Whether you are a scratch player or a newcomer to the game you owe it to yourself to see this magnificent layout. For tee times, visit their website to book a time online or call (434) 392-2244.
The Longwood Golf Course, adjacent to the President’s house one mile from Longwood University, is one of only three collegiate-owned golf courses in Virginia. The Longwood course is known for its challenging layout, lush fairways and manicured greens. The 6,000 yard layout plays to a par 69 for men and 72 for women and is equipped with two large practice greens, practice sand traps, club house, driving range and pro shop. For tee times call (434) 395-2613.
Brookleigh Country Club Golf Course
The 9-hole course at the Brookleigh Country Club facility in Farmville is a very beautiful, yet demanding course, highlighted by its open fairways and large greens. The course is 3,287 yards and water hazards come into play on five holes. For more information call (434) 392-6656.
Briery Country Club Golf Course
The 9-hole “Briery” course at the Briery Country Club facility in nearby Keysville, features 2,940 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 36. The course rating is 34.7 and it has a slope rating of 119. For more information, call (434) 736-8569.
If you’re just looking for a casual activity, you can almost always catch a Longwood University or Hampden-Sydney sporting event such as basketball, baseball, lacrosse or field hockey.
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Arts & Entertainment
Check out the latest exhibit at the Longwood Center for Visual Arts, where exhibits from both local and nationally known artists captivate the imagination. You can check out a musical or play at Longwood or at Farmville’s own community theater, Waterworks Players.
The LCVA was established in 1978 by the Longwood Board of Visitors because of their understanding of the key relationship of the arts to a balanced education. This has allowed the LCVA to be a major source of entertainment throughout campus and the community of Farmville. The LCVA is responsible for all art exhibits on campus and maintains its own gallery on Main Street which features both local and nationally known artists. They also offer programs to a wide range of viewers about the arts.
Waterworks Players is a live theatre staged by local, volunteer actors and support personnel. They hold several productions each year.
You’re going to love the Heart of Virginia Festival, whether you’re three or eighty-three. Magic shows, face painting, fun art projects, and cotton candy will do the trick if you’re three. If eighty-three, you’re more apt to enjoy the elegant artwork, one-of-a-kind crafts, exotic fruit drinks, and perhaps the jazz or bluegrass. There’s plenty for all the in-between ages too. Rock, soul, oldies, rap, barbecue, Italian sausage, funnel cakes, antique car show, drama, talent shows, 10-K run. Well, you get the idea. There is all kinds of stuff all day long all over downtown Farmville. This annual event is always held on the first Saturday in May.
The Longwood University Music Department holds many student concerts and recitals each semester. Visit their website for information on performances and more.
The Longwood University Theatre Department performs several productions a year in Jarman Auditorium. Visit their website to view upcoming performances.