March 19, 2019
As a junior, I have greatly enjoyed my time here at Liberty University. I would like to share a few things that make this school special to me as a student.
While there might be thousands of residential students at Liberty, it still feels like home! When I was first dropped off at Liberty in fall of 2016 I was overwhelmed! It was different to me since all of the schools I went to before were fairly small. It didn't take long for me to meet friends that I would still be hanging out with today. This school feels welcoming, I never felt left out here at Liberty.
2. The opportunity to grow closer to God
I am really grateful God put me here at Liberty. I had been attending public schools my entire life and this was my first private Christian school. One of my favorite discoveries was how many opportunities there are to learn and grow spiritually. From Campus Community, small groups, and the many churches in the Lynchburg area there is no excuse that you can make to say Liberty doesn't have ways for you to connect with other brothers and sisters in Christ. I am so glad over the years to have met people from all over the world at Liberty. It really has opened my eyes to the evolving countries out there. Just listening to friends from Africa, Europe, Russia, South Korea has inspired me to go and serve in these places.
3. The Events
Toby Mac (see below), Chris Tomlin, Relient K, Switchfoot, Needtobreathe, are few of the many concerts that I have been to while attending this University. Not also to mention Liberty Athletics with the developing football and basketball program! Watching these teams get better since arriving here is amazing to witness. Besides games and concerts, there are many student-run activities as well. Movie night, bingo night, lip sync battle are a few to mention. Through all of these events, I have met people at each one. The many events that are going on at Liberty are excuses to get connected with other students across campus.
4. The Professors
I don't know how to begin, but the Professors at Liberty University are incredible! In class, I always feel welcomed and interested to learn more. The most impactful courses here at Liberty have been my required Religion classes. Theology and Biblical Worldview have given me a new outlook on the Bible and how we as Christians can disciple other brothers and sisters in Christ. Lastly, the professors are approachable and easy to get in contact with. I don't know how they hire Professors at Liberty, but they really do have a great system!
5. The beautiful places you can explore right outside of Lynchburg!
If you like the outdoors and hiking with friends Liberty is a great place to be. Located near the Blue Ridge Parkway, this school is surrounded by many places. This is my third year at Liberty, and I still have locations I need to travel to! I thought that I might get bored with the hikes in the first year. Well, I was definitely wrong, and I am super happy that happened! I encourage my friends to go hiking because it is enjoying what God created for us! Hiking has always been a great way for me to de-stress from a long week of projects in class.
February 11, 2019
On campus, I have probably taken close to over 2,000 photographs throughout my three years at Liberty University. Over time I have discovered a few spots that I like to go to for both the views and the architecture.
The big LU sign on the mountain, have you seen it on Liberty's campus yet? This photograph was taken from that location.
If you want to get to the Monogram, you can take a bus up to Snowflex and walk from there. Or you can drive all the way up to the Monogram when the gate is open.
From the top of the Liberty Snowflex Centre you can see the rest of campus. Inside of the lodge is a great place to hang out and do homework as well! The reason why this is one of my favorite places is because of the Mountain range view from the top. Make sure if you get a chance to go to the top of Snowflex at least once at Liberty!
Some of my favorite Liberty sunsets have been viewed from the Hill Dorms. I lived on the Hill my Freshman year and took this photo in the late spring. The amazing thing about this view is that the mountains, monogram, and the Freedom Tower can all be seen from here.
Located in the center of campus, the Freedom Tower has a great 360 degree view of Liberty University. The tallest structure in Lynchburg with great views of everything on campus and the mountains that surround Liberty. Construction started back in August 2015 and the tower was opened to the public last February. Since then, I have been up to the tower many times to take photos and to show off Liberty's campus to my friends.
The DeMoss Roof is a great place to hang out and get a snapshot of campus life. On warm summer nights, the top of DeMoss can be a great place to hang with friends and watch planes come into the Lynchburg airport.
The College Of Osteopathic Medicine Building
You can see a great outlook view of Liberty University from this location. Plus, the medical building has a few tables outside where you can sit and do homework or hang out.
December 12, 2018
There are many recreational facilities on Liberty’s campus. However, there are also many hiking locations not to far away from Lynchburg that you can visit! Here is a list of some places I have enjoyed over the past two years while attending Liberty University. I hope you find these places to be a great getaway from campus and an experience to explore nature!
Driving Distance from Liberty: 43 Min (32.3 Miles)
Hiking Distance: 2.6 Miles (45 Min to the Top)
Description: Sharp Top was the very first hike I completed when I arrived at Liberty University. It is a hike every Liberty University Student should try at least once. It's only 2.6 miles in total, but do not let that fool you! It is uphill most of the way so it takes longer than expected. Along the hike, you might even be able to spot some deer on the trail. Plus, the view at the top is incredible. There is a full 360-degree view of mountains at the top. Just keep in mind it can get very windy and cold at the lookout, so you'll want to check the weather before you go to make sure you're fully prepared. I have hiked Sharp Top six times and I am still planning on going a few more times before I graduate from Liberty!
Driving Distance from Liberty: 1Hr 12 Min (61.9 Miles)
Hiking Distance: 8.8 Miles (1 Hour 40 Min to lookout)
Description: This has to be my favorite view on the list. It’s a little over an hour drive from Liberty and it is one of the longer hikes I have done. The hike has a gradual incline but doesn't have any steep parts. Once you get out to the lookout there is a ledge that peers over the cliffside. However, be careful at the top since the dropoff point is very steep and high up. The first time I hiked McAfee Knob, I pulled an all-nighter to capture the milky way with my camera and tripod. Then, the next morning I photographed the sunrise and it was amazing! If you want to get some epic photos with friends this is the place for you!
Driving Distance from Liberty:1 Hr 18Min ( 65.9 Miles)
Hiking Distance: 4.5 Miles (1 Hour to the top)
Description: Dragon’s Tooth is the next door neighbor to McAfee Knob and it too has a great view. Unlike McAfee Knob, Dragon’s Tooth has a full panoramic view. In addition to a great view, you will also find rocks to climb on and explore at the top.
Devil’s Marbleyard Trailhead
Driving Distance from Liberty: 1 Hr 2 Min (40.1 Miles)
Hiking Distance: 3.0 Miles (50 min to top)
Description: If you like climbing rocks…this is your hike. It’s one of the shorter hikes but you will still get a workout in. The last half is on the steeper side but is completely manageable. This hike feels different every time I go since the last half of the trail is just giant marble rocks. Still, the sunset from the top is well worth the hike. Just be careful because climbing down in the dark can be especially tough.
Driving Distance from Liberty: 1 Hr 19 Min (68.0 Miles)
Hiking Distance: 2 Miles (30 min to the top)
Description: This is one of the shorter hikes on the list. The hike is steep on the way up but doesn't take long to reach the peak.
Driving Distance from Liberty: 55 Min (42.6 Miles)
Hiking Distance: 1.2 Miles (25 Min to the overview)
Description: This is the easiest hike you can do on the list. At the top, you come across a big field that points out to the mountains. This is a great spot to go have a picnic and hang out with friends. It's also a great spot for portrait photos in the fall and spring.
Driving Distance from Liberty: 1Hr 13 Min (50.6 Miles)
Hiking Distance: 3.1 Miles (1 Hour to the top)
Description: Once you get to the top you'll find a great 360-degree view including Liberty University in the far distance.
Big Rocky Row
Driving Distance from Liberty: 52 Min (28.6 Miles)
Hiking Distance: 8 Miles (1 Hr 30 Min to viewpoint) unless you want to do the full 10.8 Mile Loop.
Description: If you want a challenge, Big Rocky Row is the hardest hike on the list. There are many switchbacks and elevation gains. However, the view overlooking the James River at the top is amazing.
Driving Distance from Liberty: 36 Min (24.5 Miles)
Hiking Distance: 10.1 Miles (1 hour to lookout)
Description: You don’t have to complete the entire 10.1 miles to enjoy the view. In fact, the lookout is within the first couple of miles. This is a great hike if you just want to spend the day enjoying nature!
Distance from Liberty: 57 min (47 Miles)
Hiking Distance: 8 Miles (1 Hour 10 Min)
Description: One of the most underrated hikes I have ever found. This is a similar distance to McAfee's Knob, but it is for sure less crowded. The hike is near Roanoke, and the parking lot is right off the highway. It is easy to find the beginning of the trail; however, be careful not to loop back on this hike. My friend Sam and I made a mistake by looping back towards the start. There is a split of two paths before the first mile into the hike. They both go to the same spot, but we made the mistake of taking a left and ended up back at the split. In the end, it only added another quarter of a mile but make sure you look at a map.
During my time at Liberty, I've enjoyed exploring Virginia's many hidden gems. I hope you find some time to get out and see God's wonderful creation!