Hydaway Outdoor Center

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Fun. Challenge. Adventure. Take a break from your studies and enjoy all that Liberty University has to offer—outdoors! Camp, kayak, and even fish at the Hydaway Outdoor Center located less than 5 miles from the Liberty University campus. Run, hike, or bike on our expansive trail system. In the mood for adventure? Take a short getaway with us on one of our guided outdoor trips or compete in one of our trail races.

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Our Programs
Our Facility

Liberty Mountain Trail Series

Take the challenge and run in the Liberty Mountain Trail Series. Races are held in both fall and spring semesters on the Liberty Mountain Trail System. Run our half-marathon, 5-mile, 2-mile, and 5k courses or our 1-mile uphill sprint.

View our 2020-2021 Races

Outdoor Adventure

Adventure with us on an outdoor trip guided by our experienced trip leaders. Trips include horseback riding, kayaking, hiking, whitewater rafting, camping, skiing, fly fi­shing, and rappelling.

View The Spring 2021 Schedule


Interested in getting certified in Wilderness First Aid? Want to learn more about backcountry cooking or fire building & survival shelter? Sign-up for one of our workshops this semester!

View Upcoming Workshops

Hydaway Outfitter

Our sandy beach and designated swimming area provide a perfect opportunity for all your lakefront fun. Swim, kayak, fi­sh, and more. Hydaway offers a variety of equipment for rental use on the property and off-site such as fishing kits, mountain bikes, kayaks, canoes, and more! 

Equipment Rentals

Trail System

The Liberty Mountain Trail System consists of over 50 miles of single and double track trails and logging roads spanning approximately 3,500 acres. The mountain rises to over 1,360 feet offering cross country and gravity-fed trails for both hiking and mountain biking.

Please be mindful of posted signage on the trail system. Areas along Opossum Creek, Dirty Ridge, and Idiots Run are under construction. Please beware of unstable trail conditions and heavy machinery.

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Trail Map


Hydaway Lake

Hydaway Lake offers many recreational opportunities to students, faculty/staff, and public. The lake is about 8 acres and provides our fish populations with an abundant and healthy habitat.

Fish Species

Rules and Regulations

Trout Regulations

Challenge Course

Reach beyond your limits and try something new with one of our Challenge Courses. Low and high challenge courses offer a supportive and exciting team experience for students, faculty, and staff.

Available for reservation by Liberty University internal groups only at this time.

Campsites & Cabins

Reserve your campsite complete with a firepit on a Friday or Saturday night. Our 8 campsites are located on the outskirts of Lake Hydaway. Your camping gear comes free with your site reservation!

Available for reservation for dorm groups or families only at this time.


Soar into a new opportunity with our zipline.

Currently unavailable due to COVID-19.