Lynchburg is a trail lover’s dream. With so many trail choices, you can explore to your heart’s content and never get bored! Discover the trails in Lynchburg and have an adventure by yourself, with a group of friends or even bring the kids along for a day of family fun!

 

Riverside Park and the Alpine Trail

Riverside Park is the second oldest park in the city, and is home to more than just the Sprayground. This sprawling 49 acre complex is the perfect place to go for a walk and explore! Enjoy the incredible views of the James River and its railroad trestle as you stroll the Alpine Trail, which was the first dedicated hiking trail in the city.

This trail was built in the 1920’s and 30’s, and visitors could cross the James River onto “YMCA” island, which is now known as Treasure Island. In 1931, the Riverside Park Overlook was built using native stone quarried from the park.

The Alpine Trail does not provide river access, but does provide views that can’t be found elsewhere. To enter the trail, look for the blue blazes found on trees along the pathways, as well as a marked entrance sign just past the Overlook. An entrance to the other end of the trail is found near the Fink Deck Truss Bridge.

Address:
2238 Rivermont Avenue
View a Map of Riverside Park

 

Blackwater Creek Trails

The Blackwater Creek Trail System, part of the larger James River Heritage Trail System, is made up of eight miles of paved and packed earth biking and hiking trails. Section highlights include a waterfall, a repurposed railroad tunnel, bridges crossing the James River and abundant wildlife and natural scenery. Below is a breakdown of some of the smaller sections of this trail system.

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Blackwater Creek Trail

Perhaps the most popular trail in the city, the Blackwater Creek Trail consists of 3 miles of paved bikeway, perfect for biking, running or a walk with the family. This section runs through an “urban forest”, allowing visitors to take in the sites and sounds of nature, without venturing too far from the city. The paved trail is intersected by many earthen trails, allowing for deeper exploration of the forest.

From the Ed Page entrance,  it’s about three miles to the entrance to the RiverWalk Trail, or approximately 2 miles before reaching the Point of Honor Trail Section.

Trail Entrances:
Ed Page: 1720 Langhorne Road (Public parking and restrooms available)
East Randolph Place: 340 East Randolph Place (Public parking available)
Downtown Lynchburg: Jefferson St. and 8th St.

Point of Honor Trail

The Point of Honor trail is a 1.5 mile section of the trail system that passes through Hollins Mill Park, home to Lynchburg’s famous waterfall. The trail passes by the historic Point of Honor house before connecting to the RiverWalk trail.

Trail Entrance:
Downtown Lynchburg: Jefferson St. and 8th St.

Riverwalk and Percival’s Island

Beginning where the Point of Honor Trail ends, RiverWalk takes guests through Riverfront Park, through historic Downtown Lynchburg, and crosses into Percival’s Island. Here, visitors can enjoy a shaded natural area teeming with wildlife. The island was once a busy industrial area, including a train yard, and there are few signs of its previous uses. If you visit in the early morning, you may run into a few animal friends!

Not feeling a walk? You can also rent bikes at Bikes Unlimited!

Trail Entrance:
From the Lynchburg side of the river, trail-goers can enter at the parking area at Washington Street and Concord Turnpike. (Look for the Love sign!)

Creekside Trail

For those looking for more natural trails, try visiting Creekside Trail. Beginning at the Blackwater Creek Athletic Area, this earthen trail follows Blackwater Creek for approximately five miles. This trail is the perfect place to look for spring flowers and observe wildlife. Several swinging bridges provide some on-trail adventures!

Trail Entrance:
Blackwater Creek Athletic Area: 515 Monticello Avenue

 

Peaks View Park

Peaks View Park is the second largest park in Lynchburg, and has miles and miles of trails to explore. For a paved walking path, be sure to check out the Ivy Creek Greenway. The popular exercise course is not a loop trail, but can be accessed from either entrance to the park.

For a mountain biking adventure, visit the Bill Foot Recreational Area near the Ardmore Drive and Tenbury Drive entrances. There are trails available for beginner, intermediate and advanced skill sets, so be sure to pick a trail that fits your level of experience.

Address:
170 Ivy Creek Lane
View a Map of Peaks View Park

Now, what are you waiting for? Grab your hiking shoes and get out there!