Recreational Opportunities at the Center
In between structured activities, use our large recreational field for free time. The field features a back-stop fence for softball games, and movable soccer goals. The group will also have access to the recreation shed which contains a wide array of balls, bats, hula-hoops, jump ropes, Frisbees, tug-of-war ropes, and other items that can be used during your group’s recreational time.
Let your group enjoy an afternoon of fun at the Wiss Miniature Golf course. Featuring 18 holes of putt-putt, this was the area’s first wheelchair accessible miniature golf course.
The Center also boasts a short-fall, shaded driving range and series of putting greens in our P.T. "Patsy" Smith Memorial Golf Complex. This complex also has a nice patio with shaded benches and a picnic table where guests can enjoy a full afternoon of golf and refreshment.
Looking for a fun evening program? Reserve our campfire circle for an evening of stories, songs, and fun. Located near Willard Pavilion, the circle has several tiered rows of wooden benches so that everyone has a great view of the fire. The 4-H Center will provide all the wood necessary to enjoy a beautiful campfire!
Tennis & Basketball Courts
Outdoor courts are located next to the pool. There is no charge to use these facilities. A shaded basketball court is located in the Open Air Pavilion; please inquire to see whether or not this area is available for your group.
Freestanding volleyball nets are located in the Open Air Pavilion. Please inquire to see whether or not this area is available for your group.
Horseshoe Pits are located next to the pool.
Our 120 acres of lakefront property feature three-miles of beautiful wooded hiking trails that are available for use. From relaxing to moderately strenuous, our trails feature picturesque views of Smith Mountain Lake and the surrounding areas.
Guests may enjoy fishing at the Waterfront and from the Advance Auto Parts Gazebo and Dock. Please inquire to see whether or not this area is available for your group. Also note that state fishing guidelines must be followed and anyone age 16 or older must have a Virginia State Fishing License in order to fish in Smith Mountain Lake.
Supervised Activities with Instructor
Low Ropes Course
The 4-H Center offers cooperation and teambuilding programs for youth, adolescents, and adults. The primary purpose of these programs is to challenge members of a group to overcome a series of obstacles by working together. As the group overcomes each obstacle in their course, teamwork will increase dramatically. All programs conducted on our challenge course are physically, mentally, and emotionally challenging. Every group that visits our Center is different; therefore, each group’s individual program can be structured for the needs of that organization. Ropes Course programs can run from 3-7 hours depending on the group’s size and needs. Participants are asked to wear comfortable clothing, closed-toe shoes with heel straps, and no jewelry.
In addition to a program on the Low Ropes Course (see description above), groups may also utilize the Climbing Tower, which challenges participants’ problem solving ability as they grapple with our 25-foot wall. Multiple levels of difficulty challenge new and experienced climbers. As the individuals overcome our wall, the group will learn communication and support for one another. Climbing Tower programs can run from 1-4 hours depending on the group’s size and needs. Participants are asked to wear comfortable clothing, closed-toe shoes with heel straps, and no jewelry. Also note that participants wearing hard hair bows or barrettes may be asked to remove them in order to wear a helmet safely.
Canoeing & Kayaking
Enjoy a peaceful paddle along the shores of Smith Mountain Lake in a canoe or recreational kayak. Participants are asked to wear closed-toe shoes with heel straps and all participants must wear a life jacket (provided by the 4-H Center).
Test your aiming skills on our Archery Range! Re-curve bows for all ages and abilities are utilized on our range with 8 shooting lanes. The range is located next to the Canoe/Kayak shed.
Riflery (Shooting Range)
Ready, Aim, Fire! .22 caliber rifles in youth and adult sizes are the tool used to teach this class. Safe handling of a firearm, proper firing techniques, and more are part of the curriculum. The range is located behind JOCO Learning Center.
Take a break and relax in the pool! Your group will enjoy swimming in our L-shaped pool complete with shallow end and a diving well. Lounge chairs, showers, and changing rooms are also located at the pool facility for your convenience. Lifeguards are required and provided by the 4-H Center.
For more information, feel free to contact our Conferencing Department: 4Hconferencing@vt.edu or (540) 721-2759