At W&L, we have a tremendous trail system both on campus and in the town of Lexington for our runners to take advantage of in their training.
The Woods Creek Trail:
- Winding through the town of Lexington along Wood’s Creek, this two-mile trail is steps from the locker rooms and outdoor track & field complex. The soft surface of crushed gravel and wood chips provides an excellent warm-up loop for workouts throughout the year.
The Chessie Trail:
- Accessible by running along the Wood’s Creek Trail behind VMI where it ends at Jordan’s Point Park, the Chessie Trail runs for nearly 8 miles along the Maury River. The shaded, soft surface provides excellent footing over crushed stone, packed dirt, and through local farmland. It is a favorite destination for Sunday long runs and tempo workouts. Marked at each 800-meter interval, the trail is often a hub of activity attracting local runners throughout Rockbridge County.
- This run is a staple entry in the weekly log of many W&L harriers. Starting and ending from the track & field facility, this loop provides a challenging and hilly run of approximately seven miles. Once you leave town and begin running on Jacob’s Ladder road, the surface is no longer paved and the punishing climb to one of the highest points in Lexington ends with a long downhill trek back to campus. This run is the reason the Washington & Lee University cross country team rarely notices a hill during competition.
Old Cross Country Trails:
- Several miles of challenging trails of the historic Dick Miller Cross Country Course are located in the back of campus. If you are looking for a flat loop along the river, rolling hills, or brutally punishing climbs, the maintained trails provide it all. If you are adventurous and take the trail less traveled you may even find Herni’s Cabin, a structure maintained by W&L’s award-winning Outing Club and available upon request for an unplugged retreat.
The old course, one of the more challenging on the east coast, was named after the longest-serving coach in W&L Cross Country history. Coach Miller served as the men’s coach for 37 years and was the first coach in women’s program history, serving in the role for the first three seasons of the program.
Furrs Mill Road:
- Another favorite for a flat run along the Maury River traveling in the opposite direction of the Chessie Trail.
The Hills of Lexington:
- Found in every direction leaving campus, except in the flat places mentioned above, the hills in Lexington and throughout Rockbridge County are located along every back road, both paved and unpaved, alongside miles of farmland and through the rolling terrain of the Blue Ridge Mountains.