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Farish Recreation Area, the Academy’s year-round recreation facility, is a 42-mile drive west of the Academy. Farish may also be reached by hiking eight miles up the mountain from the Academy. Use of Farish is limited to active duty military members and other eligible personnel. Farish encompasses 655 acres of pristine mountain beauty situated at an altitude more than 9,000 feet above sea level, surrounded in part by the Pike National Forest.

A variety of overnight lodging accommodations are available all year, as well as camping during the summer. Reservations are required and may be made up to one year in advance. A new multipurpose center may be reserved for official or private functions for groups up to 75 people.

Fishing in three stocked lakes, pedal boat rides, hiking trails, picnic pavilions, volleyball and a playground are popular activities in the summer. Private boating, swimming and hunting are NOT permitted anytime. Winter brings snow tubing, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, ice fishing, hockey and broom ball.

Farish is truly a naturalists’ and photographers’ paradise. Wildlife and wildflowers abound. Interpretive talks and outdoor nature activities are scheduled all year and may be customized for special groups such as family reunions, home school classes, scouts and others.