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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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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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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James River Canal Lock

Battery Creek Lock #7, restored in the mid-1960's, was part of the James River and Kanawha Canal System built in 1848-49 as the main artery of commerce between Richmond and the valleys to the west. The lock is 100 feet long, 15 feet wide and 25 feet deep. Picnic facilities; ...

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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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James RiverTrail / Overlook

Restored Kanawha Canal lock used for transporting packet boats between Lexington and Lynchburg. Area also contains moderate level nature trail through forest along the James River.

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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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Monacan Park

Located on the James River and named after the Indian tribe that once roamed the area, this park offers a boat ramp and small dock, a covered picnic pavilion, a play area for children, and restrooms.

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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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