free things to do in lynchburg, va

Want to learn more about what there is to do for free in Lynchburg, Virginia? This is the page for you! Lynchburg is full of great scenery to check out all for free. Here are the best free things to do while in Lynchburg, Virginia.


Appalachian National Scenic Trail

359 Fish Hatchery Lane Montebello, VA 24464  (434)-263-7015

The Trail is well-graded, well-maintained and gentle grades for less-experienced hikers. An approximate 2 mile moderately strenuous hike from the Montebello Fish Hatchery in Nelson County up to the Appalachian Trail and to Spy Rock is probably the best viewpoint in the central Blue Ridge Mountains. The rock outcrop, at 3,980 feet elevation, provides a 360 degree panoramic view of numerous mountain summits.

Devil's Marbleyard

Devils Marbleyard, Natural Bridge, VA 24579                                       

Devil’s Marbleyard includes a steep incline for most of the trip, but is well worth the time. The trail is not marked well, but you can follow the blue blazes until the end of the Belfast Trail. The hike itself is about 45 minutes, but you will definitely want to plan time to stay at the marbleyard and explore. Devil’s Marbleyard is a boulder field, with many rocks that are the size of a car. 

Flat Top Trail

Milepost 83.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway (540)-586-4357

Flat Top rises to an elevation of 4,001 feet with many scattered rock outcrops. This strenuous 4.4 mile National Recreational Trail travels from the Flat Top Parking Area located at milepost 83.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, over the summit of Flat Top to the Peaks of Otter Picnic Area.

The Hopper Downtown Circulator

800 Kemper St. Lynchburg, VA 24504 (434) 455-5080 

The Greater Lynchburg Transit Company runs the Hopper Downtown Circulator that provides a fast and free service for citizens and workers to the downtown area. Download the Ride Systems app and find “GLTC” to track the Hopper in real time!

Kids Cove

1 Mountain View Rd, Lynchburg, VA 24502 (434) 239-9281 

Looking for a fun indoor place to let your kids run and play? Inside the main entrance to the Thomas Road Baptist Church lobby, you’ll see a large indoor playground with slides, tunnels, trees, climbing nets, and even a giant whale to bounce on.

LU Astronomical Observatory

524 Traveller Ct. Rustburg, VA 24588

View the night sky at the Astronomical Observatory located off Sunnymeade Road near the back of the Liberty University Equestrian Center grounds. Their site offers prime viewing for stargazing with open space and minimal light noise.

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Campbell County Public LIbraries 

  • Timbrook Location: 18891 Leesville Rd. Lynchburg, VA 24501 | (434) 592-9551

  • Rustburg Location: 684 Village Highway Rustburg, VA 24588 |
    (434) 332-9560

  • Patrick Henry Location: 204 Lynchburg Ave. Brookneal, VA 24528 |
    (434) 376-3363

  • Staunton River Location: 500 Washington St. Altavista, VA 24517 |
    (434) 369-5140

Forest Library                           

15583 Forest Rd, Forest, VA 24551 (540) 425-7002

Lynchburg Public Library

2315 Memorial Ave, Lynchburg, VA 24501 (434) 455-6300

Lynchburg Dog Park

Blackwater Creek Athletic Area Lynchburg, VA 24503 

Lynchburg's only off-leash, user-supported dog park. It is a fenced dog park at Blackwater Creek Recreation Area. Bring your dog and meet members of this dog friendly community.


Lynchburg Hikes

Blackwater Creek Trail                                                                      

515 Monticello Avenue Lynchburg, VA 24501 (434)-455-5858     

Percival's Island          

1600 Concord Turnpike Lynchburg, VA 24504  (434)-856-2489


icy creek Park

118 Clemmons Lake Place Lynchburg, VA 24501 (434)-455-5858

Miller Park

2100 Park Avenue Lynchburg, VA 24501 (434)-455-5858

Peaks View Park

170 Ivy Creek Ln, Lynchburg, VA 24502 (434)-455-5858

riverfront park

1100 Jefferson St. Lynchburg, VA 24504 (434)-455-5858

riverside park

2238 Rivermont Avenue Lynchburg, VA 24503 (434)-455-5858

Here are just a few parks to check out in Lynchburg, VA. For a complete park list check our Parks in Lynchburg, VA page.

Sharp Top Trail

Milepost 85.9 on the Blue Ridge Parkway  (540)-586-4357

A strenuous 1.5-mile hike to the summit of Sharp Top that rewards hikers with a spectacular 360-degree view of the Peaks of Otter area.