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Outdoor Recreation

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Ropes Course

Students on Climbing Ladder

The Longwood University 's Ropes Course provides an educational and rewarding experience for individuals and small groups to develop leadership, group cohesiveness, problem solving and communication skills. Since 1987, the Longwood Ropes Course has socially, physically, emotionally and intellectually challenged hundreds of people from campus organizations and academic classes to outside groups such as the boy scouts, church groups, school groups, athletic teams, and independent professional organizations.

The Ropes Course is located near the Longwood golf course, about 1 mile from campus. There are 12 low elements, 3 high elements and multiple initiative activities to choose from.


Low Element

The low elements promote team building, leadership, and followership. They require group commitment, communication and participation to complete.

High Element

High Elements provide an opportunity for personal accomplishment and building self esteem. The combination of low and high ropes courses enable participants to grow at both the team and individual levels, exploring trust, risk, and self-discovery.


Groups are lead by qualified and well- trained student and staff facilitators. A minimum of 8 participants is required for a group. Each group will determine their goals for the experience and the facilitators will ensure that the groups goals are addressed throughout their time frame.

Longwood's ropes course follows the "Challenge by Choice" philosophy whereby each individual chooses the level at which he or she wishes to be challenged.




  • Campus Groups
    $5.00/person for low elements (2-3 hours). $10.00/person for low and high elements (4-6 hours).
  • Outside Groups
    $10.00/person for low elements (2-3 hours). $20.00/person for low and high elements (4-6 hours.).

Ropes Course Required Information Sheet (pdf)


Outdoor Club

Appalachian Trail, for backpacking trip

All trips are being handled by the Outdoor Club:

To Sign Up for a Trip, come to one of our many meetings on Thursday's at 4 p.m. in the Classroom in the Health & Fitness Center to pay the trip fee. We accept cash or checks. Refunds are available if you cancel before the Sign-Up Date!


Outdoor Equipment Rental


Longwood Bikes! Rental Program

Campus Recreation and the Outdoor Club is excited to provide a FREE campus bike program, Longwood Bikes!, in order to offer an affordable and environmentally sustainable form of transportation to students. This program provides an alternative to driving and promote campus community. Campus Recreation has a fleet of approximately 20 cruiser bikes available for rent. All bikes come with a helmet and lock. 


To rent a bike, follow these steps: 

Check it out:

Visit the Health & Fitness Center during hours of operation and present your valid Lancer Card to check out a bicycle FREE of charge. The Health & Fitness Center hours vary, so check here for hours. See the Supervisor on duty and fill out a Rental Agreement form.

Take it out:

Travel across campus and to and from Lancer Park in style. Park and lock your bike at various campus bike racks. When you’re not riding the bike, we strongly encourage bikes to remain locked up on campus during the rental period. 

Bring it back:
You can rent a bike up to 30 days at a time. You must return your bike to the Health & Fitness Center on or before your due date so our staff is able to provide the necessary maintenance to keep the bike in the best possible condition. Late bikes result in a $5 per day fee, until it has been returned. Damage and replacement fees also apply. All bikes will be due back at the end of each semester.

Do it again:

If you would like, you may renew your bike rental upon return on your due date. This is dependent on availability.   


For more information, hemmergw@longwood.edu or call Gus Hemmer at 434.395.2186


Want to rent outdoor camping equipment for your own adventure?  We have all the backpacking, camping, and cooking equipment you need to hit the wilderness.   Download the form below for prices.


For outdoor equipment rental and return: Please see the building supervisor during our normal business hours


Questions or Concerns?

For more information, including how to plan your own adventure, please contact:

Gus Hemmer - Associate Director
434-395-2186 (phone)
434-395-2783 (fax)