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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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Blue Ridge Parkway

America's most scenic drive extends 470 miles linking Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks. Spectacular mountain vistas in all four seasons.

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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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High Peak Hang Gliding

"Come fly with us”. Take a tandem flight and see the beautiful Virginia Blue Ridge, like the hawks and falcons do. Let us make your "DREAM" of flying come true. No previous experience is necessary. High Peak Hang Gliding and Paragliding also offers lessons for beginners, with continued and advanced ...

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Johnson Farm, The

The Johnson Farm, accessible by trail from the Peaks of Otter Visitor Center, is the one remaining property from the community that existed around this vacation resort prior to the building of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Currently operated and furnished as it appeared in the 1930s, costumed interpreters work the ...

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Liberty Mountain SnowFlex Centre

Winter sport enthusiasts can now enjoy snow sports at an outdoor, year-round ski slope in Lynchburg...the Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre. The synthetic ski slope features Snowflex, the most innovative technology in the snow sports industry. Originating in Europe, Lynchburg's Snowflex is the only one of its kind in the United ...

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Mariners Landing at Smith Mountain Lake

Mariners Landing is Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia's most popular waterfront resort community and conference center. This 1,000 acre development offers vacation rentals and real estate, and features an 18-hole golf course, full-service restaurant, spa services, private pools/hot tub, beaches, tennis courts, fishing piers, walking trails and more. Spacious overnight accommodations ...

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Peaks of Otter

The Peaks of Otter - Sharp Top, Flat Top, and Harkening Hill - have dominated the view in this region of Virginia for centuries, first attracting the attention of Native Americans who saw the area as a rich hunting ground. Famous naturalists and such notable historic figures as Thomas Jefferson ...

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Reba Farm Inn/Saddle Soar Equitainment

Reba Farm Inn home of Saddle Soar Equitainments offers guided trail rides on 225 acres which includes adult rides, family rides, childrens' rides, overnight/camping trail rides for adults and families, dayrides w/gourmet lunch, church group fieldtrips, group retreats, theme rides and much more!

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Sharp Top Mountain

One and one-half miles to the summit, this is the most popular trail at the Peaks. It originates from the Camp Store across the Parkway from the Visitors Center. It is a steep and strenuous route and should only be attempted by those in good health. Drinking water should be ...

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