Students enjoy a variety of fitness and recreational activities on and off campus. Bennington College’s fitness center, the Meyer Recreation Barn, has fitness equipment, a climbing wall, sauna, and aerobics room, where students and faculty lead classes in yoga, tai chi, and other activities. Outdoor facilities include three tennis courts, a basketball court, and a soccer field. The Office of Student Life offers an assortment of intramurals, including wiffleball, kickball, dodgeball, archery, Ultimate Frisbee, and intercollegiate fencing.
Bennington students also have Vermont's best outdoor recreation right at their doorsteps. Situated at the foot of the Green Mountains, Bennington is within an hour of some of the best hiking and skiing in the Northeast. Students can walk or bike the Short Blue Trail, an easy trail that connects Bennington College with the Mile-Around Woods, the Short Aldrich Trail, and several other trails in the region. Access to the Long Trail, Vermont's oldest long-distance hiking trail, is a short walk from campus. Students can visit the nearby Walloomsac River for trout fishing or Lake Paran for camping and swimming. Interested students can ask the Office of Student Life for directions to local natural watering holes and water slides.
For more information about fitness and recreation at Bennington College or Bennington's Athletic Department (BAD), contact Andrew Wu, Assistant Director of Student Life (email@example.com, 802-440-4455).