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Note that the clubs and groups listed below in alphabetical order are in addition to law school organizations.



Canoeing, Kayaking, Rafting

Dance Classes and Clubs

Field Hockey


Horseback Riding

Ice Skating


Martial Arts

Rock Climbing

Skiing/Snow Tubing





Archery Club
club info

UVA student recreational club for those interested in learning or honing archery skills. Club furnishes equipment (including both compound and recurve bows), providing opportunities to keep in form for hunting season, shoot in regional tournaments, or just have fun.


North Grounds Softball League

Open to anyone in the North Grounds of the University, the softball league is comprised mostly of Law School students, with some faculty and staff participating, and a few Darden School of Business teams. There are three leagues: a coed league, a regular league, and a "macho" league. Teams on the coed league must have at least four women players. The season takes place in fall and spring, with playoffs to determine league champions. The NGSL also hosts a national softball tournament in the spring with teams from more than 60 schools.

Virginia Club Baseball
club info

UVA student club team plays competitively against ACC schools such as Duke, Wake Forest, and University of North Carolina, and in-state rivals such as William and Mary. Tryouts in late February. The 20-game schedule runs from mid-March to late April. Two to three weekends are spent on the road in North Carolina, and the season ends with a tournament at UNC.


Mountain Bike Club

Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club.

Charlottesville Bike Club

Local club compiles the Guide to Road Rides in Central Virginia with maps and details of on-road bike rides.

Charlottesville Racing Club

Road racing, mountain biking, and cyclocross. All ages and levels.

Monticello Velo Club

Road bike racing club. Check out site for information.

University of Virginia Cycling Team
club info
For graduate/law/business students, undergraduates and alumni. The Virginia Cycling Team is a club sport at the University of Virginia and is a member of the ACCC (Atlantic Coast Cycling Conference) of the National Collegiate Cycling Association (NCCA), sanctioned by the United States Cycling Federation.

Outdoor Adventure Social Club of Greater Charlottesville

The club is for grad students and local C'ville people interested in the outdoors to meet, socialize, and go on adventures together.  The club's adventures include: biking, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, hiking, horseback riding, rock climbing, scuba, skiing/snow tubing, backpacking, camping, skydiving, hot-air ballooning, caving/spelunking, and river clean-up.

Wintergreen Resort

Offers guided mountain bike ride, rentals, races, camps, etc. Call for directions.

Canoeing, Kayaking, Rafting

UVA Outdoor Equipment Rental
Getting there: Emmet St next to Cavalier Inn, near corner with Ivy Road.

Students and Intramural Sports members can rent canoes , includes paddles, life vests, and a car top carrier system. Inexpensive.

James River Runners
Getting there: From Exit #121 of I-64 take Rt 20 South for 17.5 miles. Turn right on Rt 726 (James River Road) just past "Welcome to Scottsville" sign. Turn right at second stop sign and continue for 3 miles. Turn left on to Rt 625 at T-junction. Go straight for 2 miles. Follow signs for Hatton's Ferry.

Canoeing, inner tubing, kayaking and rafting. Equipment rentals, group excursions, and wilderness trips. 20 years' experience.

James River Reeling & Rafting
Getting there: From Exit #121 of I-64 take Rt 20 South 18 miles to Scottsville. Turn left on Rt 6 (Main Street) at the Citgo station just before the bridge. Turn right after 2 blocks on Ferry Street. On corner of Main and Ferry streets.

Canoeing, kayaking, tubing, and fishing rentals and trips.

Downriver Canoe Company
(800) 338-1963
Getting there: Call for instructions. Canoeing, kayaking, tubing, and rafting on the southern fork of the Shenandoah River in the Shenandoah Valley.

Dance Classes and Clubs

Albemarle County Parks and Rec.

Ballroom, swing, and country line dance classes.

Charlottesville Dept. of Recreation

Ballroom (regular, latin, waltz) dancing classes.

Recreational Sports

Different dance class schedule each semester.

Swing Club UVA

Student group that organizes lessons, workshops, and dances.

USA DANCE: Charlottesville Chapter

The local chapter of this national group offers dances and lessons in waltz, fox trot, rumba, and other ballroom dances. See their "dance links" page for information on dance groups in Charlottesville.

There are also private studios that offer dance lessons for children and adults in a variety of dance styles: Dance Today (ballroom, 296-1701), The Dancecenter (ballet, jazz, tap, 973-6599), and Studio 206 (yoga and dance, 296-6250).

Field Hockey

Virginia Club Field Hockey
club info

A great way for people who have played hockey in high school to continue enjoying the sport. This club team plays other schools, mostly in Virginia but also in Maryland and North Carolina, and practices about three times a week, primarily in fall. Social activities with other club teams.


Mountain River Outdoors
Getting there: Rt. 29 North, 100 yards past Greenbrier Dr. on right.

Owner is very friendly and knowledgeable about locations and local fish. Pole rental $15-25/day. Sells licenses and boating and marine supplies. Specializes in a wide variety of fly fishing equipment and accessories.

See the following fishing sites under Parks:
Beaver Creek Reservoir (bass, bream, crappie, catfish, muskie) and Chris Greene Lake (bass, bream, crappie)

James River
Getting there: From Exit #121 of I-64 take Rt. 20 South 18 miles to Scottsville.

One of best small-mouth bass rivers east of the Mississippi. For fishing outfitters, see Canoeing/Kayaking/Rafting.

Rapidan River (trout)
Getting there: Rt. 29 North to Rt. 230 in Madison County.

Rivanna Reservoir
Getting there: Launch from Rt. 643, off Rt. 29 North.

No gas motors, fee, or rental boats. Large-mouth and small-mouth bass, bream, crappie, muskie, walleye.

Sugar Hollow (trout)
Getting there: Take Barracks Rd./Garth Rd. out of town northwest for half an hour to White Hall, where the road takes a 90-degree right turn just before a country store. Instead of following the road, go straight on to Sugar Hollow Rd. and go to the end.

See Virginia Golf for general information about golfing in the state.

Birdwood Golf Course
Getting there: Rt. 250 West, second left past Bellair Market, at iron gate.

University golf course open to public. Student and faculty/staff rates. Four sets of tees, 18 holes, driving range, and restaurant.

Meadow Creek Golf Course at Pen Park
Getting there: Take 250 Bypass east to the Park St. Exit. Left on Park St. Right at the traffic light on Pen Park Rd. Charlottesville's nicest course. 18-holes. Tee times required.

McIntire Park
Getting there: Rt. 250 Bypass west-bound, opposite McIntire Rd. exit.

Small city golf course. Sand greens, 9 holes. City residents $2, others $3. Bring your own golf bag. Tee times required.


For nice hikes and walks in or closer to town, see Parks/Lakes (Ivy Creek, Meadow Creek Trails, Mint Springs, Ragged Mountain). For areas outside town to hike see Day Trips: Hiking.

Charlottesville Hiking Group

This meetup group's primary activity is hiking, but they also offer camping, backpacking, kayaking, dog walks and social gatherings. Most of the hiking trips are dog-friendly. Free and open to all individuals with an interest in outdoors activities.

Outdoor Adventure Social Club

The Outdoor Adventure Social Club is open to adults of all ages and skill levels. Club activities are varied, including group hiking, running, indoor rock climbing, dancing, broomball, ice skating and outdoor volunteer opportunities. Members are also invited to participate in indoor activities like potluck dinners, dessert socials, book swaps and wine tastings. Fee.

Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (Charlottesville Chapter)
293-2953, 295-2143

Local hiking club leads a hike or trail maintenance trip every Saturday. Meet at Albermarle High School at 9 am. Bring food, water, and appropriate clothing.

Other choices for hiking, which seem more popular with people under 40, are the Outdoor Adventure Social Club (fees involved) and a hiking section of (sign up required)

Horseback Riding

Albemarle County farm.
Albemarle County farm.

Virginia Riding Team
club info
The UVA Riding team consists of athletes of all levels and offers a chance for interested members to compete in the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association.

Virginia Polo Club
club info
Virginia Polo Center, 979-0293
Getting there: 2.2 miles south of I-64, Exit 120 (5th St), on Forest Lodge Lane.

Scrimmages five days a week, for all skill levels, in one of best collegiate polo facilities in the country. Competition with other colleges and local polo teams.

Mountaintop Ranch
Rt. 1, Box 402, Elkton, VA 22827
(540) 298-9542
Getting there: Rt. 29 N to Ruckersville, then 33 West. Off Rt. 609 in Elkton.

Working quarter horse ranch with great mountain views. Open 7 days a week. Reservations required. Children welcome. Picnic and camping areas.

Ice Skating

Main Street Arena
230 W. Main St, at the Downtown Mall

Previously Charlottesville Ice Park. Public skating, skate rental, skating lessons, hockey leagues, UVA hockey games, and parties offered. Open 7 days a week, year round. Call for prices and hours, or see the website. Occasional coupons in local newspapers.

Ice Hockey Club
UVA student club competes with universities such as Duke and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. To join the club, show up for tryouts at the Charlottesville Ice Park in late September (Be sure to bring the proper equipment). Players not earning a spot on the traveling squad are still able to practice with and be a member of the team.


Women's Club Lacrosse
club info
This UVA student club plays against other University club teams and Division 2 and 3 varsity teams. Spring tournaments in Maryland and Louisiana. Tryouts are held in the fall for the year, and the team carries about 30 to 35 members.

Virginia Men's Club Lacrosse
club info

UVA student club holds practices and games both semesters. Competes in the NCLL and plays teams such as Maryland, Richmond, and Washington and Lee. Tournaments each year at East Carolina, Penn State, and New Orleans. All skill levels are welcome from beginner to ex-varsity.

Martial Arts

UVA Intramural-Recreational Sports teaches some martial arts classes. Many private martial arts schools exist in Charlottesville. See the Yellow Pages.

Cavalier Judo
club info

Cavalier Judo Club promotes the practice and study of judo, a sport derived from jujutsu. The word "judo" means "the gentle way," referring to the way that judo uses an opponent's motion to throw them rather than overpowering them with force.

Kumdo Club
club info

Undergraduate and graduate students at the University practice Kumdo-a Korean sword martial art. We train novice members in the basic skills and for the higher-level members, we prepare for national tournaments.

Shotokan Karate Club
club info

Shotokan practice is divided into three parts: kihon, which are basic blocks, punches, kicks, and stances; kumite, sparring with an opponent; and kata, which are prearranged forms simulating combat. The Club practices in each area, starting with very basic techniques until these blocks and attacks become more instinctual. More intricate and difficult kata are taught at higher ranks.

Tae Kwon Do Club
club info

The University's Tae Kwon Do Club (TKD Club) was created in the fall of 1992 and has been in operation ever since.

Wushu Club
club info

Wushu Club members are currently training in Shaolin and Long Fist forms. Advanced members may learn animal forms, weapons, and other styles.


Virginia Rifle and Pistol Club
club info
UVA student club dedicated to increasing skill in marksmanship through intercollegiate competition. The club has been in existence since the 1950s, and boasts numerous former All-Americans and National Champions.

Rock Climbing

Rocky Top Climbing Club
Getting there: Allied St., off Harris near intersection with McIntire Rd.

Indoor rock-climbing introductory lesson. Equipment rental.

ACAC Rocks also has an indoor climbing wall; see the section on private gyms.

See also Outdoor Adventure Social Club of Greater Charlottesville.


Rivanna Rowing Club

Central Virginia rowing club provides equipment, education, and support to rowers of all levels.


Virginia Rugby Football Club

"The oldest rugby club south of the Mason-Dixon." Established in 1961, the Virginia Rugby Club welcomes law students at practices or in the audience at matches.


Ragged Mountain Running Shop
Getting there: The Corner, Elliewood Ave.

Good source of information on running, local road races, and local track club. Sells a Charlottesville running trails booklet. Turn in old running shoes for discount on new pair.

Charlottesville Track Club

Local track club established in 1976, sponsors Saturday morning runs, speed workouts, fun runs, and 5K and 10k races. Student membership rate.


Sailing Association at the University of Virginia
club info

UVA student/faculty group for all levels. Sailing lessons for beginners. Boats available for pleasure sailing. Club races competitively, travels to regattas.

uva scuba certification info
UVA Intramural-Recreational Sports offers scuba diving certification, as well as the following private shops:

Charlottesville Scuba Center
909 Gardens Blvd.
Getting there: Rt. 29 North, Across from Carmike on the east and Pier One on the north.

Classes, equipment, and travel packages are offered. Operates former quarry for local diving in season.

University Dive Center
510 E. Westfield Rd.
Getting there: Rt. 29 North, past light at Greenbrier Dr.

Offers classes, equipment sales, service and rental, and travel packages.

Skiing & Snow Tubing
Check the UVA Intramural-Recreational Sports Specialty Classes for ski trips.

Near Harrisonburg, Virginia (40 miles)
(540) 289-9441

Eight slopes, five chairlifts, accommodations across from ski area. Snow tubing park is popular with families.

Wintergreen Information/Reservations:
(804) 325-2200
Snow Report/ Ski Administration: 325-2100
Learning Vacations: 325-8147
Wintergreen, Virginia (43 miles)

12 slopes, four chairlifts, slopeside accommodations, snow tubing. Popular with law students.

Other ski resorts farther away (call for information):

Bryce Mountain
Basye, Virginia (l02 miles)
(540) 856-2121

Canaan Mountain
Davis, West Va (3.5 hours)
(304) 866-4121

The Homestead
Hot Springs, Virginia (172 miles)
(540) 839-1766

Slaty Fork, West Va (82 miles)
(304) 572-1000

See also Outdoor Adventure Social Club of Greater Charlottesville.


Outdoor Adventure Social Club of Greater Charlottesville

The club is for grad students and local C'ville people interested in the outdoors to meet, socialize, and go on adventures together.  The club's adventures include: biking, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, hiking, horseback riding, rock climbing, scuba, skiing/snow tubing, backpacking, camping, skydiving, hot-air ballooning, caving/spelunking, and river clean-up.


Virginia Soccer League
club info
One of the largest club sports at UVA provides students a chance to play competitive soccer without the extensive time commitment that the sport usually demands. Full-size teams play full-field intraleague games on the weekends during the fall. University students of all playing abilities are welcome to join. There is usually a co-ed law school team.


UVA has indoor pools at the Aquatic Fitness Center and Memorial Gym.

Atlantic Coast Athletic Club (ACAC) Outdoors
Getting there: Four Seasons Drive off of Hydraulic or Rio Rds.

Private club opens its Olympic-size, intermediate, & infant swimming pools May-August. You must be a member. ACAC also has a waterpark open to all for an entrance fee in summer.

City of Charlottesville indoor swimming pools
(call for hours and rates):

Smith Recreation Center
Getting there: Cherry Ave at Buford Middle School

Crow Recreation Center
Getting there: Rose Hill Drive (250 By-Pass, Meadowbrook Exit)

City of Charlottesville outdoor pools are open from Memorial Day (last Monday in May) to Labor Day (first Monday in September). Call for rates and hours.

Meade Park,
Meade Ave.

Washington Park,
Preston Ave.


UVA Intramural-Recreational Sports offers a summer tennis program for adults and children. See Gyms and Athletic Facilities for information on University tennis courts.

Tennis Club at UVA
club info

Virginia Club Tennis brings together advanced and intermediate players at the University of Virginia who wish to play tennis actively at a competitive level. Practices are held several days per week, and the team routinely competes against other schools.

Charlottesville Tennis League
club info

This well-established league offers competitive play on a weekly basis. Mixed doubles are played spring, summer, and fall in eight-week sessions. Any mixed doubles pair or individuals may sign up. Indoor play during the winter.

Atlantic Coast Athletic Club (ACAC) Outdoors
Getting there: Four Seasons Drive off of Hydraulic or Rio Rds.

Tennis instruction and league teams. Eight clay tennis courts open March-Nov.


UVA Intramural-Recreational Sports offers hatha, kundilini, and mixed-style yoga classes. Some classes are conveniently located at North Grounds.

Hot Yoga Charlottesville
Getting there: 109 5th St. SE (Downtown Mall—on the street with the orange building)

Yoga in a 110-degree heated room. The routine is the same every time. Validates parking at the nearby garages. Offers specials to first-time customers.

Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville
Getting there: Call for directions.

For serious study in a yoga community, try a workshop in yoga, meditation, or spirituality under Sri Swami Satchidananda and his students in this Integral Yoga ashram in Buckingham near Scottsville, about one hour from Charlottesville. Integral Yoga Natural Foods in Preston Plaza on Preston Ave. has program guides. Visitors are welcome to tour the Lotus Temple any day and to eat a vegetarian meal, chant, and ask questions of the master on Sat evenings. Call to make reservations.

Photos courtesy of the Charlottesville/Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau,


Newsweek named UVA "hottest for fitness" in 2004.


A Softball Dynasty

"For as long as anyone could remember, law students played touch football, and the annual gridiron grudge matches between various Law School organizations were eagerly anticipated and bitterly fought," Ronald Bassford wrote in The Student Legal Forum: The First Fifty Years.

When the Law School moved to North Grounds in 1974, enthusiasm could not maintain the long trek to football fields on Central Grounds, and the football league died after a year or two. "While North Grounds had no football field," Bassford wrote, "it did have a lone softball diamond, Copeley Field....The North Grounds Softball League came into existence in 1976, and with it, the tradition of softball as the Law School's signature sport was born."


Mountain Biking

The Charlottesville area features several excellent places to ride off-road. The rugged course up Observatory Hill is actually on University Grounds. South of town, Walnut Creek Park offers a variety of trails. Farther afield, George Washington National Forest, especially the area near Sherando Lake (Big Levels Reservoir) below the Blue Ridge Parkway, has a wealth of true mountain trails. For details on riding off-road, check out Mountain Bike! Virginia: A Guide to the Classic Trails by Randy Porter, or talk to the experts in the University's Mountain Bike Club or personnel at local bike shops. See for area mountain bike races.


Shenandoah National Park

The beauty and proximity of the park makes Charlottesville a great place for outdoor enthusiasts. Beautiful vistas, spectacular waterfalls, delicious swimming holes, and abundant (and not shy) wildlife are the rewards of a trip to the park, which is easily accessible for day hiking trips (see Day Trips: Hiking) or weekend camping trips. Maps are available at the park entrance.

Safety note: Over the years there have been a few security incidents in the park involving back-country campers. If you go back-country camping, go with a friend or a group, camp out of sight of areas accessible to the road, and be wary of strangers. Most important: tell people where you're going and when you're returning.

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