Discover Lynchburg with your student
Entrances at 1720 Langhorne Road, 340 East Randolph Place, and Jefferson & 8th Streets
13 min drive
Trails are free; Point of Honor admission is $3 and up
Built along an old railroad bed, this 3-mile paved trail through a shady urban forest invites a peaceful walk, jog or bicycle ride. Dirt trails diverge along the way if you’d like a longer stroll. At mile two, access the Point of Honor Trail, a 1.5-mile spur that takes you to a beautiful, early 19th century plantation home above the James River and from there connects with the Riverwalk Trail and historic downtown Lynchburg.
1971 University Boulevard
$5 and up
This non-profit, professional theater company affiliated with Liberty University draws on local talent — including current and former students — to stage high-caliber, family-friendly productions (usually musicals). Check the calendar and try to attend a production with a “Talkback” — an open Q&A after the show with actors, director and other members of the production crew (you do not need to attend the performance to listen in on Talkback). All shows are held in the University’s award-winning Tower Theater where student-produced work is also performed.
401 Taylor Street
11 minute drive
One of Lynchburg’s most popular wedding venues, and the perfect place for a contemplative stroll, is — believe it or not — a “Gravegarden.” Five museums within Old City Cemetery’s 26-acre grounds tell stories of Lynchburg’s history since the Cemetery’s founding in 1806. Picturesque pathways wind among historic grave markers and abundant native and heirloom plants, and the largest public collection of antique roses in Virginia adds to the moody romance. Pick up a brochure for a self-guided tour; guided tours are offered on Saturday mornings in the summer and candlelight tours in the fall, or for a fee you can arrange a guided tour on the theme of your choice in advance. Gates are open every day of the year from dawn to dusk.
One Quinlan Street
16 min drive
Open Tuesday through Sunday afternoons during the academic year, the Maier Museum of Art at Randoph College houses an outstanding collection of American art and photography including works by Winslow Homer, Mary Cassatt, Georgia O’Keefe and Andrew Wyeth. Check the calendar for special “Spotlight Tours” (15-minute tours of a single work of art), exhibit openings, films and community art projects — the public is welcome at all.
4000 Candlers Mountain Road
Yes, you can ski, tube and snowboard year-round in Lynchburg, on Liberty University’s own mountain at the Snowflex Centre! Snowflex is a synthetic snow that provides an authentic experience, and there is terrain for every skill level. Wear long sleeves and pants — windbreakers are recommended — and be prepared to get damp (a misting system keeps the Snowflex slick and fast).