When you have a city set along bodies of water such as the James River, you’ll find a community that builds their culture and activities around enjoying the beautiful waterfront, and LYH is no exception! Surrounding the historic river, you’ll find businesses and local activities for residents and visitors to enjoy. Here are a few ideas.
Rent a Kayak and Canoe
If you’re more of an explorer at heart, why not take a kayak or canoe down the James River? A favorite among locals, you’ll often find kayakers and canoers on weekends riding down the historic river during the spring and summer months. But if you don’t own a kayak or canoe, you can rent one at James River Adventures.
Adventure Out on Percival Island
Maybe you prefer your adventures on land. You can still get striking views of the James River and Lynchburg on the Percival’s Island trail. This one and a half mile trail crosses over a pedestrian bridge made from a former train bridge onto the island. It even contains a second pedestrian bridge near the end of the trail that offers breathtaking views of the James River. It’s perfect for an afternoon walk or bike ride (you can rent one right next to the trail at Bikes Unlimited).
Try Out Fly Fishing
Whether you’re an avid fisher or are looking to pick up a new hobby, there are plenty of perfect fishing spots along the river in Downtown. In the James River you’ll find freshwater species such as:
- Smallmouth bass
- Largemouth bass
- Sunfish variety (bluegill, redbreast and rock bass)
If you’re looking for supplies or even a lesson or two, you can stop by TaleTellers Fly Shop on Commerce Street, just a few blocks away from the riverfront. Don’t forget: you’ll need to have your freshwater fishing license!
Plan a Picnic at Riverfront Park
Sometimes all you need to have a good time are the river views and a nice packed lunch. That’s exactly what Riverfront Park can offer (but you’ll have to pack your own lunch!). During the weekend, you’ll find friends and families playing sports like soccer or catch, and during the summer months, you’ll see little ones of all ages enjoying the zero-depth fountain located next to The Water Dog—a great activity after lunch!
Enjoy Overlooking the James River While Dining
Maybe you’re looking for a unique dining experience? We can’t think of a better place than dining while nearby the river. On Jefferson Street and on the BluffWalk, located right below Commerce Street, you’ll find these tasty eateries:
- The Water Dog
- El Jefe Taqueria Garaje
- Bootleggers Burgers
- MayLynn’s Creamery
- Emerald Stone Grille
- The Depot Grille
Come Explore the James River in LYH
In the Hill City, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get a breathtaking view of the river. Explore the James River and the city for a weekend! Reserve a room at any of our local lodging options.