best things to do outdoor in lynchburg, va

Lynchburg, Virginia is surrounded by amazing scenery, hiking, mountains, trails and so much more. It's no wonder why there's so many things to do outdoors in Lynchburg. Check out this list of some of the best things to do outdoor in Lynchburg, VA. 


Bikes Unlimited

1312 Jefferson Street Lynchburg, VA 24504 (434)-385-4157      

Find a bike to meet your needs at Bikes Unlimited. Rent a bike and ride Lynchburg’s premier trails. Make sure your bike is in the best shape it can be at Bikes Unlimited. Check out the upcoming events on their site.

Blackwater Creek Trail

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

The Blackwater Creek Trail is one of the most popular trails in the city. Following along the winding Blackwater Creek and built along an abandoned railway bed, this 3-mile paved trail is perfect for jogging, walking, or biking. The trail travels through a lovely urban forest, and is intersected at various points with earthen trails that allow visitors to delve deeper into the forested area and enjoy the many plants and wildlife species inhabiting it.

Blue Ridge Parkway

Mile Post 86 Blue Ridge Parkway Bedford, VA 24523 (540)-586-4357    

The Blue Ridge Parkway has been named "America's Favorite Drive." It offers outstanding scenery and recreational opportunities which make the Blue Ridge Parkway one of the most visited sections of the National Park System. Split-rail fences, old farmsteads, mountain meadows and scenic overlooks with endless vistas make this place a popular attraction. The Parkway incorporates numerous campgrounds, picnic areas and trails. 


Campgrounds Near Lynchburg, VA

Paradise Lake Family Campground

1105 West Lake Rd Spout Spring, VA 24593  (434) 993-3332

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Camp Karma

2056 Stone Mountain Rd Bedford, VA 24523  (540) 297-5762

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Lynchburg NW / Blue Ridge Parkway KOA

6252 Elon Rd Monroe, VA 24574  (800) 562-8717

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RockCliffe Farm Retreat

816 Walkers Ford Rd Concord, VA 24538 (434) 933-4371

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Middle Creek Campground

1164 Middle Creek Rd Buchanan, VA 24066 (540) 254-2550

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Crabtree Falls

11581 Crabtree Falls Hwy Montebello, VA 24464 (434)-263-2188       

Crabtree Falls, the highest vertical-drop cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River, is a popular attraction located in Nelson County. It is just six miles off the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway near milepost 27. Crabtree Falls features a series of five major cascades and a number of smaller ones that fall a total distance of 1,200 feet. Open dawn to dusk.

Disc Golf @ Peaks View Park

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

Peaks View Park in Lynchburg,VA offers an 18 Disc Golf Course that runs through the entire park. It offers open field holes as well as wooded holes to make this a challenging and fun course for all ages. The course is free to use for everyone and the park is open from dawn until dusk.  

Double Devil Golf Outing

(855) 4-HopTour

Exclusive golf outing. With access only available to members, member guests and registered resort guests, this is your chance to play 18 holes at Wintergreen's exclusive Devils Knob - the highest course in Virginia! Devils Knob provides Virginia's coolest playing conditions throughout the summer and the most dramatic mountain foliage backdrop throughout the fall. Play their exclusive 18 holes and then you'll stop at Devils Backbone Brewing Company for lunch and a flight after your round. Brew Ridge Tours' Double Devil Golf package includes your greens fee at Devils Knob, then lunch and a 5x5 oz beer flight at Devils Backbone Brewing Company after your golf outing. You hit the greens, enjoy lunch and a few beers, and they get you back to the Burg. Double Devil Golf Outings are available on select dates during the golf season. What a great way to spend your day.

Farmer's Market


1219 Main St, Lynchburg, VA 24504 (434) 455-4485


220 West Washington St. Bedford, VA 24523 (540) 586-3483

FOREST FARMER'S MARKET                 

15583 Forest Rd. Forest, VA 24551 

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Fishing Spots in Lynchburg, VA

Ivy Creek Park

118 CLEMMONS LAKE PLACE LYNCHBURG, VA 24501 (434) 385-4294 

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Hollins Mill Park

521 HOLLINS MILL ROAD LYNCHBURG, VA 24503  (434) 455-5858

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Percival's Island Natural Area

1600 CONCORD TURNPIKE LYNCHBURG, VA 24504  (434) 856-2489

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Golf Courses

Boonsboro Country Club      

1709 BCC Drive Lynchburg, VA 24503 (434)-384-2111


Colonial Hills Golf Club  

1990 Gumtree Rd. Forest, VA 24551 (434)-525-3954


Ivy Hill Golf Club              

1148 Ivy Hill Dr. Forest, VA 24551 (434)-525-2680


London Downs Golf Club  

1614 New London Road Forest, VA 24551 (434)-525-4653


Poplar Forest  

960 Ramblewood Rd. Forest, VA 24551 (434)-534-9418


James River Adventures

150 Rocky Hill Rd. Madison Heights, VA 24572

James River Adventures offers opportunities for exploring and enjoying the scenic James by canoe or kayak. Visit them at Riveredge Park in Madison Heights. They offer canoe and kayak rentals to people of all skill levels. Their goal is to provide an opportunity to learn more about nature, and to experience the river’s history, health and future while having fun and enjoying its beauty.

James River Runner

10092 Hatton Ferry Rd. Scottsville, VA 24590 (434) 286-2338

James River Runner is your destination for canoeing, tubing, rafting, kayaking, camping and fishing on the James River in Central Virginia. Be sure to check the current conditions page or call ahead to see water levels and if we are running trips. Fall hours will vary, please call ahead to make sure they are open and running. 

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Lynchburg Dog Park

Blackwater Creek Athletic Area Lynchburg, VA 24503 (434) 455-5858

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.

Natural Bridge State Park

6477 South Lee Highway Natural Bridge, VA 24578 (540) 291-1326

The 215-foot tall Natural Bridge is a limestone gorge carved out by Cedar Creek. The newest Virginia State Park is more than just the bridge. Beautiful forests and open rolling meadows showcase the area’s vistas and surrounding mountains near the James River valley. Start at the visitor center where you will find exhibits and a gift shop. Open from 8 a.m to dusk.

Peaks of Otter

85919 Blue Ridge Parkway Bedford, VA 24523 (540)-586-4496

The Peaks of Otter - Sharp Top, Flat Top, and Harkening Hill - have dominated the view in this region of Virginia for centuries. The summit of Flat Top or Sharp Top offers a unique opportunity to enjoy spectacular scenic vistas and sunrises. Interpretative programs, wildlife exhibits, walking trails, self guided wildflower walks, picnic areas, campground, restaurant and lodge are available in this developed area of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Peaks View Park

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

Peaks View Park is the second largest park in Lynchburg, and offers both passive and active recreation for the entire family. To get to Peaks View Park, look for one of three main entrances; one at Ardmore Drive, Tenbury Drive and the other at Ivy Creek Lane off of Wiggington Road. The park has three lighted tennis courts, seven multi-purpose fields (soccer, football, softball, and baseball,) volleyball courts, a basketball court, mountain bike trails and a disc golf course. Disc golf is a popular pastime for visitors; the course can be accessed at all three entrances. The park also has a popular playground.

Percival's Island

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

Percival's Island is located on the James River in Downtown Lynchburg and is approximately one and one-half mile 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.

Putt-Putt Fun Center

8105 Timberlake Rd. Lynchburg, VA 24502 (434)-237-7888

The Putt Putt Fun Center in Lynchburg, Virginia is a safe, clean, affordable entertainment venue for families. In addition to the classic game of Putt-Putt® Golf, guests can enjoy go-karts, bumper boats, indoor bumper cars, batting cages, laser tag, a modern arcade, and snack bar. 

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Tiny Town Golf

7427 Timberlake Rd. Lynchburg, VA 24502 (434) 239-7527

A fun, family friendly, miniature golf course. They also have Glow in the Dark Golf of Friday and Saturday nights starting at 8:30pm!

Rotary Centennial Riverfront Skatepark

29 9th St. Lynchburg, VA 24504 (434) 847-4588

The Rotary Centennial Riverfront Skatepark is a 14000 square foot outdoor hybrid complex with a street course and bowl. It includes multiple flat bars, a bench, pyramid with hubba, 2 quarter pipes, concrete platform with ledge, and more. 


Wilderness Canoe Company

6477 South Lee Highway Natural Bridge, VA 24578 (540)-291-1326

Outfitting individuals, families and groups for canoe, kayak and tubing on the upper James River.

Open daily 9am-3pm


  • VA Safari Park:

    • Address: 229 Safari Lane Natural Bridge, VA 24578

    • Contact Info: (540) 291-3205

    • Opening day is March 10th

  • Natural Bridge Zoo:

    • Address: 5784 S. Lee Hwy Natural Bridge, VA 24578

    • Contact Info: (540) 291-2420

    • Opening day is March 24th

  • Mill Mountain Zoo:

    • Address: Mill Mountain Spur Roanoke, VA 24014

    • Contact Info: (540) 343-3241