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With more than 80 miles of hiking and biking terrain, the Blue Ridge mountains are calling your name. Pair the scenic trails with the James River, and it's easy to find something to do outside in Lynchburg, Virginia. For fun on more solid ground, golf on one of our many courses is a great way to spend your day--or try your hand at Frisbee golf. Lynchburg is also home to the country’s only year round ski slope. What are you waiting for? Get out there and play with mother nature. Make outdoor adventure part of your plan as you discover all of the wonders that Lynchburg has to offer. You won’t want to miss the fun!

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Appalachian Trail, Bedford Co.

Historic scenic trail winds through Washington-Jefferson National Forest and across Blue Ridge Mountains. Wildflowers and wildlife abound along trail which can be accessed at a number of parkway mileposts. Trail attracts hikers of all ages.

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Appomattox Buckingham State Forest

The Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest includes 20,000 acres of forest for outdoor recreation, hunting, hiking and fishing. Trails are available for horseback riding or mountain biking.

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Bayside Marina & Yacht Club

Bayside Marina & Yacht Club is a full service marina, located at Smith Mountain Lake on Becky's Creek Marker R26. Formerly known as Shoreline Marina.

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Confluence Outfitters LLC

Based in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains are some of the best smallmouth fishing waters in the world. Confluence Outfitters is a fishing guide service that boasts over 15 years of experience fishing these waters.  We offer guided float fishing for smallmouth bass and Muskie on the James and Maury Rivers. Confluence Outfitters offers guided full and half ...

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Crazy Horse Marina and Campground

Marina and Seasonal campground with boat rentals, slips, restaurant, waterfront sites, full hookups, swimming pool, restrooms. We are located in beautiful southwest Virginia on the shore of Smith Mountain Lake. You and your family will enjoy spending your vacation boating, camping, fishing, swimming, water skiing, and much more. Additionally, there ...

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George Washington and Jefferson National Forests

National forest extends through the Blue Ridge and Southern Appalachian Mountains, bounding north Bedford County. Elevations range from 600 to 6,000 feet. Wide variety of trees, flowering vegetation and wildlife. Park is home to more than 160 types of birds. Big game hunting, fishing, wildlife photography, camping, horseback riding and ...

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Holliday Lake State Park

Deep in the heart of Appomattox- Buckingham State Forest, Holliday Lake is a paradise for the outdoor enthusiast. Fishing for largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill is popular, and a nearby Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries delayed-harvest trout stream allows anglers to fish for brown and rainbow trout. Swimming ...

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Ivy Creek Park

Ivy Creek Park (the nature park) is located in the Lynchpin Industrial Park, which houses nine major businesses with over 1,400 employees. Ivy Creek Park is a green oasis that includes the six-acre Clemmons Lake, multi-use trails, picnic and play areas, as well as an auxiliary site for the naturalists of the Nature Zone ...

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James River Canoe Ramp

The James River Canoe Ramp, the only ramp in Lynchburg, provides car-top carried boats access to the James River. Parking is available.

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James River State Park

Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the park features 1,500 acres of rolling grasslands, quiet forests and beautiful vistas, as well as three miles of shoreline along the James River. Visitors can hike, bike, canoe, kayak, fish or camp along the banks of the historic James River ...

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