Percival’s Island is a familiar landmark in downtown Lynchburg. Visitors may see herons, migrating waterfowl, and many native plants and animals as they follow the paved trail, which bisects the natural area. The James River is the backdrop for any visit to the island, featuring views of both calm pools and rushing waters.
Anyone wishing to spend a quiet afternoon or quick bike ride while enjoying views of the James River will find a lovely park with many special places to explore.
The island is approximately one and one-half miles long. The old railroad bed is now a paved, maintained hiking/biking trail that traverses the length of the island. The park is maintained in its natural state as a haven for plants and animals. There are many spots where the James River is accessible and fishing is permitted in accordance with State of Virginia fishing regulations.