The historical James River runs by the back of Randolph College's property. A hike along the back campus forest trail leads you to a gorgeous overlook where the river crosses the very traintracks that bring so many Randolph College students from the Northeast in one direction, and from the Gulf of Mexico in the other.

Train over the James, as seen from the back of Randolph College Campus. Picture by Mariah Reed '14

Take a canoe or kayak to the river and float downstream to downtown. Once downtown, go around the dam separating quiet and deep waters to a few easy and enjoyable rapids that are traversed every year for a nine-mile charity race organized by camp Kum-Ba-Yah, a nonprofit summer camp in Lynchburg committed to social justice, diversity and exploration through nature.

If you do not have your own canoe or kayak, the James River Float Company offers every craft from kayaks and canoes to tubes and whitewater rafts. Fun times (with sunscreen)!