Start your trip by picking up a Parkway picnic at the Lynchburg Community Market. The Market offers the best of locally produced fruit, vegetables, cheese, meat, baked goods, and specialty items. Farmers sell their products on Wednesdays and Saturdays year-round. Located inside the Market, the Heritage Crafters Gallery and Artist’s Alley complements the two permanent shops, four locally-owned restaurants, and a bakery and cheese shop that also operate year-round.
Next head to the Blue Ridge Parkway where you can choose any number of easily accessible trailheads for easy to moderate hikes, beautiful vistas and quick pullouts for that picnic!
The Blue Ridge Parkway is more than a road, it’s a journey! With 469 scenic miles, it is one of the most-visited destinations in the National Park System. The BRP boasts amazing scenery and recreational opportunities for people of all ages and abilities.
After a relaxing and scenic day, return to Lynchburg for a leisurely dinner at one of Lynchburg’s many dining options.
On day two, begin with a visit to Rise Up Climbing, Central Virginia’s premier indoor rock climbing gym. Founded by Dan and Leslie Hague, two of the most accomplished climbing theorists and instructors in America, Rise Up has more than 6000 square feet of climbable surface, with 20 lead and top-rope climbing station plus more than 1000 square feet of top-out bouldering.
So much exertion needs fuel! Head downtown for lunch at one of Lynchburg’s outdoor dining experiences.
Once you’ve regained your strength, walk over to Bikes Unlimited to rent your bikes and pick up maps to tour the James River Heritage trail including Percival’s Island, then double back and catch the Blackwater Creek Trail in its entirety including the Awareness Garden at the far end. Pick the alternate route for the return trip to downtown as you coast back to the city.
Then it will be time for Dinner!