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Celebrate National Parks and Recreation Month

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July is National Parks and Recreation Month, a perfect time for families to enjoy the parks and trails in Lynchburg. Enter your favorite photos in the Lynchburg Parks and Recreation photo contest by adding the #lynchburgparks hashtag to your images on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. At the end of the month, one winner will be awarded $100 toward any Lynchburg Parks and Recreation activity or rental.

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There are several large parks in Lynchburg. There are also smaller neighborhood parks and natural areas with hiking trails located throughout the city for all ages to enjoy.

Peaks View Park can be accessed from Ardmore Drive, Tenbury Drive or Ivy Creek Lane off Wiggington Road. Miller Park is located on Park Avenue with additional entrances on Grove Street, Fort Avenue and Marsh Street. Riverside Park is located on Rivermont Avenue and Ivy Creek Park is located on Clemmons Lake Place in the Lynchpin Industrial Park off Route 221.

These large parks offer a variety of activities for families all year long. In addition to playgrounds, each park has unique features which include picnic shelters, sports fields, basketball and tennis courts, a disc golf course, a fitness course, a water park, trails, a seasonal swimming pool and a lake for boating and fishing.

Lynchburg's neighborhood parks are located in all sections of the city. Fort Avenue Neighborhood Park is located at 4831 Fort Avenue. Jefferson Park is located at 405 York Street. College Park is located at 101 Breckenbridge Street. Biggers Neighborhood Park is located at 501 Fifth Street. Westover Neighborhood Park is located at 3117 Memorial Avenue. Younger Park is located at 2338 Light Street. Most of these parks contain small playgrounds, picnic areas and basketball courts. Some of the parks also contain fields and green areas.

Lynchburg's natural area parks offer walking, hiking and cycling trails. Percival's Island Natural Area is located on Concord Turnpike. Hollins Mill Park is located on Hollins Mill Road. Blackwater Creek Natural Area is located on Monticello Avenue, off Lakeside Drive. Sandusky Park is located on Rhonda Road. Heritage Park is located beside Heritage High School with access from Leesville Road.

Riverfront Park, located at 1100 Jefferson Street, is currently closed due to construction. Riverfront Park is used as a festival venue and to access the Riverwalk Trail. Riverfront Park also offers a spraypad fountain open mid-May through September. The spraypad remains open during construction.

Your family may visit a favorite park in Lynchburg often, but you may be missing out on a lot of fun at other parks in the city. Here's what you can find in Lynchburg's parks.

At Peaks View Park, you can enjoy playgrounds, multiple sports fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, mountain bike and hiking trails, a paved walking and biking trail, picnic shelters, a fitness course and disc golf course. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a day at one of Lynchburg's favorite parks.

Miller Park is home to Miller Park Pool, Lynchburg's only public pool. The pool is open from early June through mid-August. Miller Park also contains a walking trail, playgrounds, picnic shelters, baseball fields and basketball courts.

Riverside Park offers seasonal fun at the Sprayground, a zero-entry level concrete pad water park with water jets, buckets and spraying fish to keep the family cool. Lynchburg's first accessible playground, located beside the Sprayground, offers something for everyone. Your kids can play the drums in the drum circle, enjoy the sensory wall and accessible walkway or climb on the train-themed structure. There are also picnic shelters, traditional playground equipment, tennis and basketball courts, transportation exhibits, a paved walking and biking trail and the Alpine Trail, a wooded hiking trail overlooking the James River.

Ivy Creek Park is the city's newest park. Enjoy fishing from the dock at Clemmons Lake. Canoe and kayak rentals are available on summer weekends. Enjoy the nature-theme play area and walking trails too. Lynchburg Parks and Recreation Department holds many naturalist activities at Ivy Creek Park.

Lynchburg's trail system includes miles of paved trails as well as natural trails through the woods. Blackwater Creek Bikeway is one of Lynchburg's most popular walking, running and biking trails. The Bikeway can be easily accessed from the Ed Page Entrance off Langhorne Road, where the Awareness Garden is located. The paved Bikeway is a great place for families to enjoy being outdoors together. In addition to the paved trail, there are many trails going into the woods just a few steps off the Bikeway.

Creekside Trail is easily accessed from the Blackwater Creek Bikeway near the Ed Page Entrance off Langhorne Road. The 5-mile trail, winding beside the Blackwater Creek, is easy enough for the entire family to enjoy. In the quiet of the woods, enjoy nature at its finest. Kids of all ages will love crossing the suspension bridges and listening to the sounds of the forest. Creekside Trail is one of the trails of Blackwater Creek. Bring water bottles and spend an hour or a day hiking the trails: Creekside Trail, Beaver Trail, Elmwood Trail and the Ruskin Freer Loop. Pick up a free hiking guide to the trails at the Ed Page Entrance to the Blackwater Creek Bikeway and plan your hike.

Whether you enjoy hiking, biking, or outdoor play of any type, Lynchburg's parks and trails offer opportunities for your family to enjoy being outdoors while making memories together.

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