I'm a big believer that some of the best adventures can be had in your own backyard. Or in our case, UGA's backyard. Lake Herrick and the surrounding trails, located just beyond the intramural fields on East Campus, make for a pretty damn good adventure. I know, I know, everyone and their grandma has been to the IM trails, but the key is making it your own.
If you've never been, let me just say that these trails make for a beautiful place to get lost in. The first time few times I went were on runs with friends, and we took some of the more beaten-down paths for the sake of smooth footing. A few weeks after that, though, I braved a solo trip and decided to follow ole Robert Frost's advice to take the roads less travelled. And let me tell you guys, it definitely made all the difference. I'm constantly in awe of our beautiful campus, but while exploring these trails I was literally so preoccupied looking at everything that I tripped and fell over a giant root. Don't say you weren't warned.
Seriously though, this place has all the adventure essentials. You've got your overgrown trails, your fifty-foot-tall trees, your abandoned shacks, your high ropes course (closed and off-limits, but hey, a girl can dream), a cute little dock jutting out into the lake, about a billion places to hammock (if you're into that), and there's always at least 3 dogs roaming around. It's also rife with hand-holding couples, so if that's your thing, then have at it. If not, then I thank you.