Whether you're a newcomer to Lynchburg, a student at one of the local colleges or a Lynchburg resident looking for something new to do, there are many ways to enjoy the outdoors in Lynchburg.
The Discover Lynchburg website is a great resource for newcomers. Those who are new to town can find brochures and city maps at the Lynchburg Visitor's Center, located on 12th Street, one block from Lynchburg Community Market.
Lynchburg is an outdoor lover's paradise. You can enjoy many outdoor activities in the heart of Central Virginia. This is the first in a series of articles about outdoor adventures in Lynchburg.
Cyclists, hikers and runners will love Lynchburg's trail system. From the paved biking trails to the wooded hiking trails, the James River Heritage Trail offers something for everyone.
The series of interlinked paved trails are perfect for cyclists. You'll also find many of Lynchburg's runners on the trails all year long. The Blackwater Creek Bikeway is about three miles long, the longest of the paved trails.
You can enter the Blackwater Creek Bikeway at the Ed Page Entrance on Langhorne Road, East Randolph Place off Rivermont Avenue or at Hollins Mill Park on Hollins Mill Road.
The RiverWalk Trail at Percival's Island and Point of Honor Trail can both be accessed in downtown Lynchburg off Jefferson Street. The Kemper Station Trail can be accessed beside the Amtrak Station on Kemper Street.
The Point of Honor Trail connects to the Blackwater Creek Bikeway and the RiverWalk Trail. The RiverWalk Trail crosses the James River to Amherst County.
The Kemper Station Trail connects to the Point of Honor Trail and the Blackwater Creek Bikeway. You can access the Kemper Station Trail beside the Amtrak Station on Kemper Street.
Mountain bikers and hikers can enjoy miles of trail in the Bill Foot Recreation Area at Peaks View Park, located off Old Forest Road.
There are also miles of hiking trails off the paved trails accessible from the Blackwater Creek Bikeway, at Riverside Park on Rivermont Avenue and at the Blackwater Creek Recreation Area off Lakeside Drive.
There are 65 miles of hiking, mountain biking and ATV trails on Liberty Mountain, just above Liberty University. Some of these trails are open to the public, but some are reserved for students.
Hikers can access the Appalachian Trail less than an hour from Lynchburg. The 2,180 mile Appalachian Trail stretches from Georgia to Maine. More than 500 miles of the trail are located in Virginia.
Lynchburg was voted the #1 Runner Friendly Community in the country by the Road Runners Club of America in 2011 and is host to many road and trail races every year.
The most popular road race in the area is the Virginia 10 Miler. Thousands of runners, including top runners from around the world, head to Lynchburg on the last weekend in September each year for the Virginia 10 Miler.
Check out the links below for additional information about hiking, cycling, the Virginia 10 Miler and an overview of outdoor adventures in Central Virginia.
Upcoming articles in this series will highlight canoeing, kayaking, river tubing, disc golf, camping, fishing, skiing, snowboarding, stand up paddleboarding and indoor rock climbing in Lynchburg.