Head Out for Some Adventure


You don’t have to go far to quench your thirst for adventure! These options are located on campus and easily within walking distance.

UREC Climbing Wall

As soon as you enter UREC, you’ll see the 33-foot-tall indoor climbing wall. Anyone can use the wall during its hours of operation. Beginners should also check out programs like Learn to Climb 101 and Belay and Climb 101.


The Arboretum

The Edith J. Carrier Arboretum is a beautiful spot to enjoy the outdoors year-round. Seasonally filled with gorgeous flowers, it makes for a scenic spot to enjoy a book outdoors. Since the Arboretum is located right across the road from Festival, a picnic is always a fun, simple option. Special events held in the arboretum include carriage rides, guided walking tours, and lectures.



Purcell Park

Located on South Main Street, Purcell Park is within walking distance of campus. It’s a great place to go running or play sports. The park has three baseball fields, four tennis courts, two playground areas, three picnic shelters, and a 1.5 mile long walking trail.



It’s a quick 20-30 minute drive from JMU! In the winter, go snow tubing, skiing, snowboarding, or ice-skating. During the summer, go hiking, enjoy the indoor and outdoor WaterPark, or the golf course. Daily expeditions from the resort to the Shenandoah River offer the opportunity to go canoeing, kayaking, tubing, or rafting. UREC also offers trips to Massanutten that provide transportation.



Reddish Knob

Located about an hour away, but well worth the drive! With an altitude of 4,397 feet, Reddish Knob is one of the highest peaks in Virginia. You can drive right up to the top and experience a gorgeous open view, particularly at sunrise or sunset.


Skyline Drive

Also located about an hour away from JMU, Skyline Drive will dazzle you with views so gorgeous that you’ll literally have to stop your car to take it all in. Skyline Drive is the only public road through Shenandoah National Park, and costs $15 per vehicle for a weeklong pass from March-November or $10 from December-February.


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