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WHEN YOU GO

a mental note to return here in about a week, yet I almost

The Walk: A flat and easy 7-mile roundtrip outing on Lynchburg's Riverwalk, with options to break
for cultural diversions, dining, people watching and
nature appreciation.

missed some of the walk's highlights. It is thanks to the
advice of a fellow walker that I wandered onto a couple
of the dirt side trails weaving into the woods. On one I
found the foundation of what was once the rail yard's
scalehouse. On another, I chanced upon a great blue

Getting There: Take the US 501N Exit from US
460 in Lynchburg, go 1 mile to the ramp onto US 29
Business, continue 4 miles, take Exit 1A onto Main
Street and very soon turn right onto Washington
Street. Turn left onto Jefferson Street a few hundred
feet later. Parking is available along the street or in
a lot at the end of Ninth Street.

heron trolling for a meal in the shallow water beside the
island (just as the city's parks and recreation website had
asserted I would!).
About two miles into the walk, the trail crosses onto
the river's northern side. Its character changes as it is
now bordered by private property and no trespassing
signs, but for the next 1.5 miles continues to be lined by
wildflowers and shaded by overhanging trees. It's obvi-

More Information: Looking for more walking and
hiking opportunities? Riverwalk is a part of the James
River Heritage Trail, a system of more than a dozen
miles of trails coursing throughout Lynchburg's
neighborhoods, natural areas and downtown. A map
and short descriptions of the trails are provided on
lynchburgparksandrec.com.

ous that the old rail bed continues when I turn around at
the point where Riverwalk's pavement comes to an end. I
wonder if there are plans to extend it someday.
I planned to end the walk by checking out Riverviews
Artspace when I noticed Waterstone Pizza directly across
the street from Riverwalk. Surely the paintings and other
gallery exhibits can wait for an hour for me to enjoy a fire
roasted pizza and a cold craft beer? This pleasant, flat

Find out more about Leonard's walking and hiking
adventures at habitualhiker.com
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walk combines out-in-the-woods with right-next-to-town.
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