Johnson Outdoor Adventures

Adventure Abounds at Northern Vermont University-Johnson

The incredible year-round outdoor opportunities on and near campus are a huge draw for many students. Do you ride? Our campus snowboard park — just for our students — is a favorite hangout during the season. Skiers, you'll discover plenty of great places to hit the powder nearby. Smuggler’s Notch resort is just 15 minutes away, and Stowe Mountain and Jay Peak resorts are less than an hour.

On campus, there’s a popular skate park, lots of trails for hiking and running, and some sweet hills for sledding. We have several tournaments each year on our 18-hole disc golf course, with excellent views of the Green Mountains. If you’re a hiker, you can explore miles of trails on campus and many more options off campus. Vermont’s famous Long Trail passes through the town of Johnson, which gives you access to some stunning scenery.

Not many campuses have a 1,000-acre nature preserve with ponds and forested land, but we do. NVU owns and takes care of one of our most impressive outdoor classrooms, the Babcock Nature Preserve in Eden. It’s not only an outdoor laboratory for field biology and environmental science courses, it’s a great place to unwind. The preserve, open to the public, is about 30 minutes from campus.