VSU Walking Trail System
About the VSU Walking Trail System:
The VSU Walking Trail System is a joint collaboration between Campus Wellness, USG, and the Biology Department. There are two video tours as part of the trail that focus on historical plants and the Whitehead Camellia trail. The scenic route offers current and historical facts about various buildings and artworks at VSU. The fitness route maps a 1.35-mile path around the campus. Our goal is to engage the VSU community by providing opportunities to learn about the campus. VSU is rich with history, art, and beautiful scenery. Walk through our campus and tour the many different things that we have to offer.
The scenic route lets you explore some of the most recognizable landmarks around the VSU Campus. Simply click the QR-Code on each sign to see fun facts and photos about each stop. See the numbered map below outlining all 14 stops on the scenic route. Enjoy a relaxing stroll through our beautiful campus while learning about our history.
- Stop 1: Trolley Stop
- Stop 2: West Hall
- Stop 3: Bailey Science Center
- Stop 4: Powell Hall
- Stop 5: Whitehead Camellia Trail
- Stop 6: "Big Red"
- Stop 7: "Fenris"
- Stop 8: "Black Bird"
- Stop 9: GSWC Fireplace
- Stop 10: "Guardian"
- Stop 11: "Potential"
- Stop 12: "Cormorant"
- Stop 13: "Palm Benches"
- Stop 14: "Fly Away Too"
Whitehead Camellia Trail Tour:
Located in the northwest corner of the Valdosta State University main campus, this paved trail winds 1400-feet (926 m) through a towering stand of longleaf pines. The trail was established in the 1940's and 50's by Mrs. Jewel Whitehead, a friend, and neighbor to campus. Mrs. Whitehead planted over 400 camellias along the trail, including some of the most prized varieties of her time, such as Alba Plena, Elegans, Pink Perfection, and Ville de Nantes. This trail is a stop on Georgia's Camellia Trail. A video tour about the history and horticultural significance of our trail is available on-site. (Whitehead Camellia Trail Video Tour)
Historical Plants Tour:
This video tour was created by students as a service learning project to highlight the plants and plant-related places that make VSU one of the most beautiful campuses in Georgia. The tour covers most of main campus, beginning at the Graduation Tree, located at the Patterson St. entrance, and ending just down the road, near Dexel Park. The videos can be accessed here or by QR-Code at each stop. Earbuds are recommended.
- Stop 1: The GraduationTree
- Stop 2: Palm Avenue
- Stop 3: The North Pines
- Stop 4: The Herbarium
- Stop 5: Whitehead Camellia Trail
- Stop 6: Tree Campus USA
- Stop 7: The Pinetum
- Stop 8: Drexel's Azaleas
Throw on your running shoes and let’s get moving! This path follows the sidewalk trail that traverses main campus. The digital map below shows where the route begins and ends in red. There are quarter-mile markers along the path so you know how far you’ve gone. Follow this route as many times as desired to reach your personal fitness goals. One trip around the VSU Fitness Route will be 1.35 miles in total.
Mile 0 - Trolley Stop
Mile 0.25 - before reaching the exit from the Fine Arts parking lot
Mile 0.5 - after reaching the Student Union
Mile 0.75 - after passing the parking lot by the Whitehead Camellia Trail
Mile 1 - before reaching Powell Hall on your right
Mile 1.25 - after passing the West Hall fountain entrance way
Mile 1.35 - Completion by reaching the Trolley Stop