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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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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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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Beaver Creek Canoe Rentals & Livery

This four mile section of the James River offers abundant wildlife and seclusion. Also canal era historical sites such as the six mile bridge trestle, dating from 1850, and beautiful stone remains of the Beaver Creek aqueduct and Archer Creek culvert (1838), are easily accessible by canoe.  Relax and enjoy - ...

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Bent Creek Adventures on the James

Bent Creek Adventures is located on the James River at the intersection of RT. 60 & 26. Enjoy fishing, canoeing, tubing, or just relaxing floating down the river. Shuttle service is available to the public as well as canoe and tube rentals.

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Bridgewater Marina

Bridgewater Marina is the largest boat rental operation on Smith Mountain Lake. We offer everything needed to make your vacation fun. From WaveVentures, to Harris Kayot Pontoons, to Sea Ray Ski Boats. We rent boats you can be proud to cruise the lake in. We even offer three rental locations ...

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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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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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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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