The Library Hike, April 15 – May 1

What better place is there to feel inspired than your own backyard? Let the Blue Ridge Mountains and a few good books speak to you this spring with The Library Hike. Walking is known to inspire creativity and chip away at mental blocks, while books allow you step into a new world one page at a time. The Wyndham Robertson Library and Hollins Outdoor Program invite the Hollins community to explore the connections between movement, nature, and literature with a Library Hike from April 15 – May 1.

TLH MapStop by the library to check out a “hiking pack”, then head off on the trail from Hollins to Carvins Cove where you will discover books from the humanities, arts, social sciences, and natural sciences along the way. Each hiking pack contains a blanket, sunscreen, and bug spray to help you with the hike, and a journal and pens to use when inspiration strikes.

We encourage you to stop and look at the books along the trail, then use the journal to document your creativity. Leave your work in the journal to inspire others, or take the pages with you. If you take pictures along the trail and post them online, please use the hashtag #LibraryHike so others can see your hike!

This is a self-guided hike that you can go on at any time. Please practice good hiking etiquette and let someone else know you are on the trail.

The entrance to the hike is on the north side of the campus. It is located in the northeast corner of the parking lot above the lower barn (next to the paint shed).  Follow the trail that runs alongside the lower horse field.

We will also have a special event in conjunction with the hike – A Walk in the Words with Janisse Ray! Ray is a writer, activist, and naturalist who will take a group on the hike on Friday, April 22nd at 2:30 pm. Full details will be in an upcoming post!

Questions? Take a look at our FAQ page or contact Rebecca Seipp, Outreach and Humanities Liaison Librarian, at or 540.362.6328.