The Farmville Area has outstanding recreational opportunities available for use by all outdoor enthusiasts. Canoeing, fishing, hiking, boating and sports – we have it all right here in Southside Virginia!
Riverside Park is located adjacent to the Appomattox River on Farmville’s North Main Street. It is home to the town’s First Friday concerts from May through September of each year. The park can be rented for community events. Farmville’s Dogwood Trail is located off High Street and stretches approximately one half mile north through a beautiful hardwood forest to Southside Community Hospital. This paved walking trail is for non-motorized use and will someday be connected to the Sarah Terry Walking Trail that loops around Wilck’s Lake by a bridge over Buffalo Creek. The Sarah Terry Walking Trail encompasses the entire area of Wilck's Lake. The walking trail begins at the Wilck's Lake boat ramp parking lot near the Skateboard Park, then continues onto the sidewalk on West Third at Little Feats Daycare, ending back at the boat ramp parking lot. 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 Farmville Area is home to many outdoor enthusiasts, who take full advantage of all available recreational opportunities. The Willis River offers lovely floats through Cumberland, 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 working to improve stream accessibility in Prince Edward County. Plans include the opening of a Blueway route beginning on Buffalo Creek at the Business 460 Bridge, connecting with the Appomattox River and continuing eastward on the Appomattox River to the Riverside Park boat ramp just before the Route 45 Bridge. This route will include approximately 2 miles of flat water for paddling opportunities and 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 on West Third Street. A 35-acre lake is the centerpiece of this picturesque recreational area. Amenities include a children’s play area, skateboard 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. The Town of Farmville skate park is located on West Third Street next to Wilck’s Lake Park.
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. The range, which is managed by the park and Friends of Bear Creek Lake State Park, is open from March 1 through the first Monday in December. No archery equipment is available for rent. Call (804) 492-4410 for details. 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 30-mile hiking, biking and horseback riding trail that meanders through Prince Edward, Cumberland and Nottoway counties as well as the towns of Farmville, Prospect and Rice, ultimately stretching from the Town of Burkeville to the Town of Pamplin. The park's namesake is High Bridge, a magnificent structure that is over 2400 feet long and 160 feet high. Once the bridge is completed in spring of 2012, the entire 30 miles will be connected and provide an ideal location for recreational use by people of all ages and ability levels.
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 320-seat banquet facility, a Junior Olympic-size swimming pool and a nine-hole golf course. It is adjacent to the Farmville Municipal Airport which has a 4400’ x 75’ runway with Avgas and Jet A fuel available 24 hours, 7 days a week, as well as a full time aircraft maintenance mechanic. For more information on The Farmville Municipal Golf Course, visit www.golffarmvilleva.com.
Longwood Golf Course is adjacent to the President’s House, one mile from Longwood University. The 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. For tee times, call (434) 392-2613 or visit 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 golf course, which opened in June 2006, was honored by Golf Digest as “One of the Best New Courses for 2007.” 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. The Manor is open to the public and also offers memberships. For more information on The Manor Golf Club, visit www.golfthemanor.com.
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The Town and County Recreation Departments, along with the Dixie Youth League and the Prince Edward/Farmville Youth Association (PEFYA) offer year-round programs for area youth and adults. The PEFYA Field of Dreams, located on West Third Street, 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, located on 580 Commerce Road, has been impacting the lives in Southside Virginia for almost twenty years. The Y stands for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. With that in mind, the Y is an inclusive organization of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. Hours of operation are Monday thru Friday, from 5:30 a.m. until 9 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. For more information on the Y, visit www.southsidevafamilyymca.org.
For the spectator, Longwood University and Hampden-Sydney College have gained national reputations for accomplishments in basketball, baseball, football and other sports in their divisions.
The Virginia’s Heartland Regional Visitor Center and Transportation Heritage Museum in the Town of Farmville is a wonderful source of tourist and recreation information serving 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 East Third Street, Farmville, VA 23901 • Telephone: 434-392-1482 • Internet: http://www.co.prince-edward.va.us/travel.shtml
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