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James River Heritage Trail
The James River Heritage Trail is part of a network of trails across the United States that connect communities with the natural world surrounding them. On National Trails Day, 2000, Lynchburg dedicated a new Millennium Trail- the 6.5 mile long James River Heritage Trail, which is comprised of the Blackwater Creek Bikeway and RiverWalk. Both trails explore the very diverse geography and habitats throughout Lynchburg; from Percival's Island on the James River to the quiet and solitude of the Ruskin Freer Nature Preserve located in the center of the Blackwater Creek Natural Area.
Traveling along the Bikeway
Visitors can journey along the Bikeway by bicycle or foot, traveling through the Blackwater Creek Natural Area for the entire length of the trail, and enjoying the sights and sounds of Blackwater Creek as it meanders along. The fully accessible Bikeway is intersected at various points by many different trails, both paved and unpaved, providing a rich variety of experiences for visitors.
RiverWalk begins at the eastern terminus of the Bikeway. This paved, accessible trail travels briefly along the busy streets of downtown Lynchburg before crossing onto Percival’s Island and continuing over the river into Amherst County. This is an ideal walk for those who enjoy the feeling of solitude created by close proximity to the water; the sights and sounds of the James River are never far from those who explore RiverWalk.