Lynchburg is home to one of the most unique urban trail systems in the state. Part of the James River Heritage Trail System, Lynchburg’s trails are a diverse network of biking, hiking, and walking trails passing through lush natural areas and the heart of Lynchburg’s historic downtown. With five paved trails and myriad earthen single-track trails, totaling 40 miles, there is much to explore. According to Virginia Legislature, e-bikes are allowed on our trails, currently. Please use caution around others on the trail.
Trail Safety and Etiquette:
Check out our trail safety and etiquette page for important information about staying safe on the trails, and how to have a good experience while traveling on the trails.
ATTENTION REGARDING TRAIL CLOSURES
Current closures as of September 2021 are as follows:
Beaver Trail | Closed between the .75 and 1.5 mile entrances on the Blackwater Creek Trail. We ask that trail users observe all posted signs and stay out of all areas with physical barriers.
Blackwater Creek Trail | Closed between 1 and 1.25 mile markers. Heavy construction will be ongoing for approximately 90 days and trail users need to observe all posted signs and stay out of all areas with physical barriers.
Brunswick Trail | A small portion of the trail will be closed due to construction activity. Trail use will be turnaround only at the construction area, no through traffic, and no connection to the Blackwater Creek Trail.
PLEASE DO NOT ENTER CLOSED TRAILS/AREAS
Barricades are in place for your safety. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.
Trails of Blackwater Creek
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. It travels through a lovely urban forest and intersects with two smaller paved trails, the Kemper Street Trail and the Point of Honor Trail. We have recently opened up the extension from the Ed Page Entrance to Linkhorne Middle School. Click below to learn more.
If you are looking for a more adventurous route, explore the winding earthen trails like Creeskide Trail and the Ruskin Freer Loop.
RiverWalk offers visitors a quick transition from urban trail to scenic nature walk. RiverWalk takes visitors through Lynchburg’s historic downtown then over the bridge to scenic Percival’s Island and eventually into Amherst County, where visitors are surrounded by the sights and sounds of the James River.
The Alpine Trail was the first walking trail developed within a Lynchburg park. The trail winds through the steep hillside of Riverside Park and offers spectacular views of the James River, as well as frequent sightings of woodland birds, including migrating hawks.
Ivy Creek Greenway
The Ivy Creek Greenway is a 1.75 mile multi-use, paved, linear trail that meanders through Peaks View Park. The trail passes through the Bill Foot Recreation Area, providing access to an extensive system of mountain bike and hiking trails.