The Farmville Area has outstanding recreational opportunities for all outdoor enthusiasts. Canoeing, fishing, hiking, biking, boating, zip-lining …and many other outdoor sports – it’s all right here in Southern Virginia!
Riverside Park is located adjacent to the Appomattox River on Farmville’s North Main Street. It is home to the First Friday concert series (May-October). The park may be rented for community events.
Farmville’s Dogwood Trail stretches approximately 1/2 mile through a beautiful hardwood forest. You will also find nearby, the Sarah Terry Walking Trail, which encompasses the entire area of Wilck's Lake and begins at the Lake’s boat ramp parking lot near the Skateboard Park. The total length of the trail is 1.6 miles. The campus of Hampden-Sydney College hosts The Wilson Trail, a circuit of nature trails used by hikers and bikers.
The Willis River offers floats through Cumberland County, and the Appomattox River offers the same through Farmville. The James River, beautiful in scenery and busy with recreational activities, is located within a short drive. The Friends of the Appomattox River are continually working to improve stream accessibility in Prince Edward County. The Farmville Blueway offering paddlers a pleasant float from Wilck’s Lake to Riverside Park and includes approximately two miles of flat water for paddling opportunities which enhance Farmville’s quality of life.
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 Park is a 175-acre natural area located in Farmville. A 35-acre lake is the centerpiece of this picturesque recreational area. Amenities include a children’s play area, skate-board park, the Sarah Terry Trail, soccer fields, and a private island which can be reserved to host parties, weddings, and other social events. Use of the Skateboard Park does require a free membership card. You can find canoe and kayak rentals on the Sandy River Reservoir lake and the Appomattox River in Farmville via the website: sandyriveroutdooradventures.com.
The Adventure Park at Sandy River Retreat is Central Virginia’s Largest Adventure Park, offering climbers a tree top climbing and zip lining experience that is sure to get your adrenalin pumping! Traverse from tree to tree; on over 60 obstacles and 20 zip lines. www.theoutdooradventurepark.com
If you would prefer to stay closer to the ground, you can rent a bike from the Outdoor Adventure Store located on Main Street right on the High Bridge Trail State Park and cycle out to the Bridge. They can also assist you with bike repairs. www.highbridgebikes.com
Sandy River Retreat offers a place to rest your head after a long day of outdoor play. Located at the Adventure Park at Sandy River, 3 charming log cabins nestled on a real farm, boast fully furnished, pet friendly cabins with all basic amenities included, for your “home away from home” vacation. www.sandyriverretreat.com
Twin Lakes State Park, in Prince Edward County, provides visitors with a variety of lakefront activities in a secluded setting. Swimming, educational programs, fishing, canoeing and hiking are popular activities. Camping facilities and cabin rentals are available for visitors exploring the Piedmont region. The park is home to Cedar Crest Center, a perfect facility for group meetings, family reunions, wedding receptions and company picnics. Bear Creek Lake State Park in Cumberland County provides the same amenities and also has Bear Creek Meeting Hall. For the archery enthusiast, Bear Creek Lake State Park has a 10-lane archery range with excelsior bales and 3D targets. Cumberland County boasts one of the best multi-use (hike, bike, and horseback) trails in the area. Cumberland State Forest is home of 16-mile Willis River Hiking trail (foot traffic only) and miles of multi-use trails for horseback riding, mountain biking and hiking. High Bridge Trail State Park is a 31 mile rails to trails conversion that runs through the counties of Prince Edward, Cumberland and Nottoway as well as the towns of Farmville, Prospect, Rice, Burkeville, and Pamplin City. The trail is ideally suited for hiking, bicycling and horseback riding. The park's namesake is High Bridge, a magnificent structure that is over 2400 feet long and is 125 feet above the Appomattox River. For more information on Virginia State Parks and the parks listed above, visit our website at www.virginiastateparks.gov or call (800) 933-PARK (7275).
The golfer is content in the Farmville area with 9-hole courses in both Cumberland and Farmville. The Farmville Municipal Golf Course is owned by the Town of Farmville. It features a 299-seat banquet facility, a Junior Olympic size swimming pool and a nine-hole golf course (www.golffarmvilleva.com). Longwood University’s Golf Course is known for its challenging layout 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 (www.longwood.edu/recreation/golfcourse).
The Manor Golf Club, in Prince Edward County, is an all bent grass, 18-hole championship golf course situated on 318 acres. The all bent grass golf course has already garnered a reputation as one of the best in the mid-Atlantic region for quality course conditions and exceptional service at a great price. The Manor Golf Club has five sets of tees to offer players of all levels of ability a fun and enjoyable golf experience and is open to the public. www.golfthemanor.com
Farmville Recreation Department and Prince Edward/Farmville Youth Association (PEFYA) offer year-round programs for area youth and adults. The PEFYA’s Field of Dreams is a sports complex featuring five lighted playing fields. PEFYA provides sports programs to over 700 area youngsters including spring and fall soccer, girls' softball, baseball and basketball.
The Southside Virginia Family YMCA has been impacting lives in Southside Virginia for many years. The Y stands for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. www.southsidevafamilyymca.org
For avid sports enthusiasts, Longwood University and Hampden-Sydney College have gained national reputations for accomplishments in basketball, baseball, football and other sports in their divisions. Check their schedules and catch an action packed game soon.
Virginia’s Heartland Regional Visitor Center and Transportation Heritage Museum, in the Town of Farmville, is a wonderful source of tourist and recreation information in the Prince Edward County, Cumberland County and Farmville areas. Brochures, maps, magazines and flyers are available for local and regional events and activities.
Virginia’s Heartland Regional Visitor Center and Transportation Heritage Museum
121 E. Third St., Farmville, VA 23901
Telephone: (434) 392-1482