Written on May 30, 2013 at 8:52 am, by mletterman
We love to boast that Central Virginia experiences four perfect seasons, but there is no denying that we see some sizzling hot days during the summertime. On those days when you need to beat the heat, there is no need to stay inside in a city with so much to offer outdoors.
These are some of our favorite ‘water’ spots to be in the summertime.
1. Spend the day at the lake
Just west of Lynchburg lies Smith Mountain Lake State Park, the second largest freshwater lake in the state. In addition to a full range of water-related activities including swimming, boat rentals, a boat ramp and a universally accessible fishing pier, families can enjoy picnicking or even staying the night camping or at a nearby cabin.
2. Hit the James River
You can’t visit Lynchburg without kayaking, canoeing or tubing your way down the historic James River. The scenery is truly breathtaking. If fishing is more of your thing, guided trips down the river are extremely popular as well.
3. Hang at Hollins Mill
This park includes trail access to the Blackwater Creek Bikeway and Point of Honor trail sections of the James River Heritage Trail System. It’s beautiful; the waterfall serves as a great backdrop for wading in the water or even stream-side fishing. Picnic facilities are available with both tables and grills!
4. Get sprayed in Riverside Park
The Riverside Park Sprayground is the perfect place to take the kids to cool off and beat the heat. The sprayground offers an array of fun water play activities such as dumping buckets, spraying lake fish, pop jets and tulip sprays. Riverside park also has other playgrounds, a tennis court and is the perfect place to grill out or picnic.