Whether your family enjoys hiking, biking, playing on the playground, tennis, soccer or disc golf, you'll find something for every member of the family at Lynchburg's parks.
There are several large parks in Lynchburg: Peaks View Park, Miller Park, Riverside Park and Ivy Creek Park. There are also smaller neighborhood parks.
The large parks are hubs of activity all year long. Playgrounds beckon to kids of all ages. Sports fields and tennis courts are used by local recreation teams and travel teams.
The smaller neighborhood parks offer basketball courts and playgrounds within walking distance of many of the city's busy neighborhoods. Several of the neighborhood parks also contain neighborhood centers with organized activities.
Natural area parks with nearby walking and cycling trails include Percival's Island Natural Area, Hollins Mill Park, Blackwater Creek Natural Area and Sandusky Park.
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.
Sprayground at Riverside Park
The sprayground at Riverside Park delights kids of all ages and abilities. Open seasonally, the sprayground features a zero-entry level concrete pad with water jets, buckets and spraying fish to keep the family cool. The sprayground is located beside the new playground so you can enjoy both.
Play the Drums at Riverside
Lynchburg's first accessible playground at Riverside Park 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. The new playground is located beside the Sprayground for extra fun.
Ride the Train
The transportation theme at Riverside Park was considered when the new accessible park was built in 2012. Kids of all ages delight in playing on the big train and also love walking down to see the real locomotive. There are picnic shelters, tennis and basketball courts, hiking and walking trails at Riverside Park too.
Clemmons Lake at Ivy Creek Park
You can fish from the dock at Clemmons Lake, located in Ivy Creek Park. You can also rent canoes or kayaks during summer. Be sure to bring bread crumbs to feed the ducks. Enjoy the nature-theme play area and walking trails too. Lynchburg Parks and Recreation Department holds many naturalist activities at Ivy Creek Park.
Miller Park Playground
Lynchburg's oldest park, Miller Park, is located in the heart of the city. The playground area contains structures for young children and older children. The playground is located near the pool so families can enjoy both. Pack a picnic lunch to eat in one of the shelters or walk on the shaded trails. In the fall, Day in the Park is held at Miller Park with free activities for all ages.
Miller Park Pool
The only public swimming pool in Lynchburg is located in Miller Park. The pool contains a swirly slide, regular height and high diving boards and a kiddie pool. There's also a snack bar offering many food items.
Disc Golf at Peaks View Park
The 18-hole disc golf course at Peaks View Park attracts visitors of all ages. The course begins and ends near the Wiggington Road entrance of the park, but you can access the course from all of the park's entrances. At the beginning of each hole, there's a sign showing the hole's par, best way to play the hole and distance to the trap.
Ride Bikes at Peaks View Park
Peaks View Park's Ivy Creek Greenway is a great place to ride bikes. The paved trail runs beside Ivy Creek. Mountain bikers will love the off-road trails located in the Bill Foot Recreational Area. Access the trails easily from the Ardmore Drive entrance.
Playground Time at Peaks View Park
There are two playgrounds at Peaks View Park. Access the large playground from the Wiggington Road entrance. For younger kids, there's a smaller playground near the red barn at the Ardmore Drive entrance. Both playgrounds have picnic areas nearby. There are also tennis courts, basketball courts and a multi-stage fitness course in the park.
The Riverfront Park Fountain is a great place to cool down on a sunny day. Festivals and concerts are held in the large open field. Riverfront Park is located on Jefferson Street, walking distance from the Percival's Island Natural Area and Blackwater Creek Bikeway.
Lynchburg's neighborhood parks are located throughout the city on Fort Avenue, York Street, Breckenbridge Street, Fifth Street, Rhonda Road, Memorial Avenue and Light Street. Most of these parks contain small playgrounds, picnic areas and basketball courts. Some of the parks also contain fields and green areas.