Here, along the banks of the scenic James River, you will find endless opportunity for adventure, entertainment, amusement, relaxation, and more. Discover historic sites, exciting recreational and cultural opportunities, extraordinary shopping, gracious dining and first class accommodations.
Lynchburg was recently named one of National Geographic’s “Top 50 Adventure Towns,” and the reasons why are clear. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and bounded by the James River, year-round outdoor recreation in a stunning natural environment is truly right outside your door. Hiking, biking, climbing, canoeing, whatever your interest, the Central Virginia countryside can accommodate you. We even have a year-round outdoor ski slope; one of only two in the world!
Our recreational “built environment” is just as welcoming as our natural surroundings. Lynchburg received the 2011 Outstanding Runner-Friendly Community designation from the Road Runners Club of America, beating out communities like Monterey, California for this health and wellness accolade. Come and enjoy more than 25 miles of dedicated trails connecting our parks, neighborhoods and business districts—all within city limits—and you’ll understand why Lynchburg was recognized as an outstanding city for health and recreation.
Our Parks and Recreation Department has worked diligently to make Lynchburg a jewel of community livability, dedicating over 800 acres to 16 parks, 24 playgrounds, 34 tennis courts, 26 baseball diamonds, eight community centers and two nature preserves, all spread conveniently throughout the city. And don’t forget about private amenities as well, such as world-class golf courses, swimming facilities, sports clubs, ice rinks and more. For more information on recreation in our area, visit Lynchburg Parks & Recreation or Discover Lynchburg.
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