outdoor activities

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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Blackwater Creek Athletic Area

Enjoy multipurpose athletic field, picnic shelters with tables and grills, and fishing. A trail connects to the Blackwater creek Natural Area.

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Blackwater Creek Bikeway

This beautiful trail, part of the larger James River Heritage Trail System, provides miles of paved and earthen-packed trails to navigate. Segments of the trail include a waterfall, an abandoned railroad tunnel, a bridge over the James River onto Percival's Island and other breathtaking scenery.  Perfect for bicycling, skating, walking, ...

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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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Falling Creek Park Disc Golf

Falling Creek Park has an 18 hole disc golf course, shuffle board, picnic shelters, charcoal grills, children’s playground and a series of fitness stations located around the 1/3 mile paved walking path. So bring your bike, your disc golf bag, hiking boots, running shoes and your family out for a ...

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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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Hollins Mill Park

The park includes trail access to the Blackwater Creek Bikeway and Point of Honor Trail sections of the James River Heritage Trail System. Handicap accessible picnic facilities with tables and grills. Streamside fishing is allowed and parking is available on site. (3 acres)

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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 Heritage Trail

The James River Heritage Trail is part of a network of trails across the United States that connect communities with the natural world surrounding them. On National Trails Day, 2000, Lynchburg dedicated a new Millennium Trail- the 6.5 mile long James River Heritage Trail, which is comprised of the Blackwater ...

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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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Lynchburg’s Visitor Guide now viewable online for FREE!

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