On-Campus Resources

Boathouse and Lower Lake

The Boathouse at the Lower Lake houses a selection of canoes, stand-up paddleboards and tubes. You must be canoe-certified to use this equipment. Certification clinics are offered at least once per semester. Once certified, you can take your friends out for a sunny paddle on the lake, do some yoga on a paddleboard, or float around in a tube!

Outing Cabin

The Outing Cabin is a primitive log shelter built in the 1930s by Sweet Briar students seeking a restful place away from the main campus. Today, students, faculty, staff, alumnae and their guests use it for the same purpose: a rustic retreat in the woods. It is about a .25-mile uphill hike to reach it from the parking area.

The cabin has no running water or electricity and is outfitted with a table, chairs, cast iron wood stove and wooden bunks. The cabin can comfortably sleep about 12 people, with eight in the bunks and four on the floor. The central feature is a beautiful stone fireplace, perfect for cooking over. The Outdoor Program provides sleeping bags, sleeping pads, stoves, pots, pans, lanterns, water jugs and anything else you may need for your stay at no cost.

Request reservations by emailing your desired dates to sbcoutdoors@sbc.edu. There is no rental fee for students, faculty, staff and alumnae. There is a seven-night maximum per stay.

Trails and Trail Map

Sweet Briar boasts more than 20 miles of trails to explore by foot, horse or bike. Members of the community are welcome to take advantage of our beautiful campus! 

Trail map Trail map