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.
ATTENTION REGARDING TRAIL CLOSURES
Current closures as of November 2019 are as follows:
Percival’s Island Bridge | Closed for repairs from Nov. 4, 2019–April 15, 2020
Creekside Trail | Mile Marker 2.79 (Elk Trail Intersection)–5.12 (Dog Park)
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.
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.
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.