See also: Lynchburg (Tennessee)

Lynchburg is an independent city of 79,000 (2020) in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It lies east of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Central Virginia.

Downtown Lynchburg as seen from Monument Terrace.

Understand edit

Lynchburg began in 1757 as a ferry town, fording traffic across the James River. The city is built on centuries of history, boasting strong connections to Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, and other early American patriots. Because of the city's use by the Confederacy as a supply and hospital center, it served as a battlefield in the American Civil War. Lynchburg has been designated a portion of Virginia's Rail Heritage Region. Lynchburg's historic districts contain many beautiful homes from the 19th century.

Lynchburg's name is derived from its founder, John Lynch, who, at the age of 17, began a ferry service across the James River to facilitate travel to and from New London. He would later be responsible for the bridge which would make his ferry service obsolete. Despite common misconceptions, neither John Lynch nor Lynchburg is associated with the origination of term, "lynching," though it may have originated with John's brother, Charles.

Geography and climate edit

Lynchburg's nickname, the "City of Seven Hills," is very descriptive of the geography of the city. Though it refers most directly to the hills near where the city was founded, these hills extend far beyond the riverfront at the James River. The area includes much of Candlers Mountain.

Spring in Lynchburg is short-lived, often it is simply a period of wide fluctuation between mid-late winter and early-mid summer temperatures. Summers are humid and hot with temperatures generally reaching 90°F. Autumns are mild; temperatures stay somewhere between 40°F and 55°F. Once winter hits, temperatures will top out near freezing until February and, perhaps, beyond. Winters can bring lots of snow to the Lynchburg area: about three one-foot snowstorms each winter.

Generally, storms will pass through over the course of a few hours, but rain systems without lightning and thunder will stick in Lynchburg for days at a time, lending to the nickname "Drenchburg." When there is wind in Lynchburg, it tends to be a very high wind. Unlike nearby areas, the warmest part of the day in this part of Virginia is generally 5PM.

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Get in edit

Map of Lynchburg

By car edit

Lynchburg does not have direct interstate access. Instead, you can get to Lynchburg by one of three major U.S. Routes: U.S. 29 North and South, U.S. 460 East and West, and U.S. 501 North and South. U.S. 501, however, is generally only convenient for travel from the immediate northwest and southeast.

U.S. 29 merges with U.S. 460 at a three-way junction. When traveling to Lynchburg via U.S. 29S, a right exit is required to continue along U.S. 29S / U.S. 460W.

After US 29 and US 460 align together, they mostly bypass all of Lynchburg. To really enter Lynchburg from US 460, one can take US 460 Business (Timberlake Rd) and to enter Lynchburg from US 29 one can take US 29 Business (Wards Road).

By plane edit

  • 1 Lynchburg Regional Airport (LYH IATA) (just south of the city limits alongside U.S. 29). American Eagle operates a regional flight between Lynchburg Regional Airport and Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT IATA). These flights operate on a schedule of approximately one plane arriving and departing every two hours. The airport offers a café with free wireless access.    

By train edit

Lynchburg is a stop on the Northeast Regional offering twice daily service between Roanoke and the Northeast with stops in Washington, D.C., New York City, and Boston. Lynchburg is also a stop on the Crescent offering daily service between New Orleans and New York City. Both of these services are operated by Amtrak. 2 Kemper Street station   is located at 825 Kemper St, about one mile southwest of downtown.

By bus edit

  • Greyhound offers bus service to Lynchburg. The buses stop at the Greater Lynchburg Transit Company transfer center adjacent to Kemper Street Station.
  • Megabus services Kemper Street Station and provides service from Danville to the south and from New York City via Washington DC to the north.

Get around edit

By car edit

Driving is perhaps the most convenient way to get around Lynchburg. Apart from the Downtown area and the area on and around the campus of Liberty University, most of the city is not very friendly to pedestrian traffic.

The Lynchburg Expressway connects most of the major roadways in Lynchburg, intersecting and merging with the business segments of U.S. 29, U.S. 460, and U.S. 501.

While the city limits are very clearly marked, they are drawn in such a way that some places within the city are inaccessible without first traveling outside the city. For instance, the planned community at Wyndhurst can only be accessed via Enterprise Dr, which terminates in two different counties.

Newcomers can find the roads in Lynchburg highly confusing. A few major roads change names with no clear indication as to where these changes take place. For examples, Lakeside Dr becomes Forest Rd, Fort Ave becomes Timberlake Rd, and Memorial Ave becomes Fifth St. Further, the highway alignments can be confusing as there are multiple places where the "Northbound" lanes of one highway are aligned with the "Southbound" lanes of another. Also there are multiple sets of unrelated roads with confusingly similar names. One example is Langhorne Road, Langhorne Lane, Langhorne Avenue which are all totally separate roads in different parts of the city.

Several lots and limited on-street parking are available in Downtown Lynchburg. Two lots, the Midtown and Clay Street Parking Decks, are metered, operating on the mPARK system used in several other cities in the United States and abroad.

During the afternoon rush hour (4:45PM - 5:45PM), Candlers Mountain Rd, Wards Rd, and Timberlake Rd experience significantly increased traffic.

By taxi edit

Several dispatch taxi services operate in Lynchburg.

By bus edit

Greater Lynchburg Transit Company (GLTC) offers bus services to the area. Single-segment trips are $2.00, and day and multi-day passes are also available. Most routes run to the central transfer center on Kemper Street and operate on 1 hour schedules. Because of this layout, however, travel from some points in the city to others may take in excess of an hour in spite of being only a few miles away. Liberty University operates an intra-campus bus service as well. This service is free to students, faculty, and visitors.

By bike edit

While Lynchburg has a number of bike lanes and bike trails, they are disjointed and do not always provide an easy way to get around the city. The Blackwater Creek Trail and the Kemper Station Trail provide bike access from downtown to the Langhorne Rd area and train station/bus transfer center respectively. Bike lanes along (most of) Rivermont Avenue allow cyclists to access Rivermont from downtown. Near the train station/ bus transfer center, there are bike lanes on a few roads but they are connected poorly. There are a few other bike lanes and mixed use walking/biking paths around the city but they do not connect to form a coherent cycling network. All buses by GLTC provide bike racks so cyclists can bring bikes on the buses.

See edit

One of several buildings in the Old City Cemetery.

Museums edit

  • 1 Daura Gallery, 1501 Lakeside Dr (In the Dillard Fine Arts Center at Lynchburg College), +1 434 544-8343. M-F 9AM-4PM, Su 1-4PM (one Sunday a month). Open during the college academic year only. Free, donations encouraged.
  • 2 Historic Sandusky, 757 Sandusky Dr, +1 434 832-0162, fax: +1 434 832-0182, . This historic house served as the Union Headquarters during the Civil War Battle of Lynchburg. Sandusky is open by appointment. Adults $5, seniors $3, students $2.
  • 3 Lynchburg Museum, 901 Court St, +1 434 455-6226. In the former Lynchburg court house. Parking is available in the Clay Parking Deck immediately behind the building. Adults $6, seniors $5, college student $4, children 6-17 $3, children under 6 free.
  • 4 Maier Museum of Art, 1 Quinlan St (on the campus of Randolph College), +1 434 947-8136. Academic year: Tu-Su 1PM-5PM; Summer: W-Su 1PM-4PM. Free, donations encouraged.    
  • 5 Monument Terrace, 9th St and Church St. Commemorates Lynchburg citizens who fought and died in the Civil War, Spanish American War, World Wars I and II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. A 139-step staircase, the terrace's base is at the intersection of 9th and Church Streets and ends at Court Street in front of the Lynchburg Museum.
  • 6 Old City Cemetery, 401 Taylor St, +1 434 847-1465, fax: +1 434 856-2004, . Daily dawn-dusk. The oldest continuously-operated public cemetery in Virginia, museums on-site give a glimpse into rituals of mourning over the centuries. Free, guided tours by appointment $8/adult $3/child.    
  • 7 Point of Honor, 112 Cabell St. M–Sa 10AM-4PM, Su noon-4PM. Adults $6, seniors $5, college student $4, children 6-17 $3, children under 6 free.

Parks edit

  • 8 Miller Park, 2100 Park Ave. 37-acre park includes a pool and a beautiful historic aviary, now used as a banquet hall.
  • 9 Peaks View Park, 170 Ivy Creek Ln. 250-acre park includes many walking/biking trails, sports fields, a frisbee golf course, and picnic facilities.  
  • 10 Riverside Park, 2270 Rivermont Ave. 47-acre park includes the Sprayground, an outdoor water playground.

Do edit

Lynchburg's hills make the city great for hiking and recreational biking. Percival's Island Trail, which connects with the Blackwater Creek Trail, forms a 13.5-mile paved trail that travels through Lynchburg. The trail can be accessed at three major points off Washington St, Jefferson St, and Langhorne Rd. The trail follows both the James River and the Blackwater Creek. Off of the trail there are several hiking and mountain biking opportunities. Liberty University also maintains a system of mountain biking and hiking trails on Candlers Mountain.

  • 1 Bikes Unlimited, 1312 Jefferson St, +1 434 385-4157. M-F 10AM-7PM, Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 1PM-4PM. Offers bicycle sales, repair, and rentals. Near the connection between the Blackwater Creek Bikeway and RiverWalk trails.
  • Blue Ridge Summer Theatre Festival (Sweet Briar College), 134 Chapel Road Sweet Briar, +1 434 826-0391. Put on annually by Endstation Theatre Company, resident theatre company of Sweet Briar College. Features outdoor theatre. Adults $15-22, students $7-15.
  • 2 FunQuest, 327 Graves Mill Road, +1 434 239 6411. M-F 5-9PM, Sa noon-9PM, Su noon-6PM. Roller skating, laser tag, and a game arcade. $5-23.50.
  • 3 LaHaye Ice Center, 1971 University Blvd (directly across from Extended Stay America at 1910 University Blvd), +1 434 592-3953, fax: +1 434 522-0549, . M-F 11:30AM-1:30PM; F Sa 7-9PM, Su 1-3PM. Open year round, hours subject to change for summer. $5 admission, $3 rental.
  • 4 Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre, 4000 Candlers Mountain Rd, toll-free: +1-866-504-7541, . M-Th noon-midnight, F noon-1AM, Sa 10AM-1AM, Su 1PM-midnight. This year-round ski resort is made possible with an artificial terrain technology that makes the resort the first of its kind in the United States. $5/non-peak hour, $7/peak hour, $12 ski/board rentals, $5 tube rental.
  • 5 Putt Putt Fun Center, 8105 Timberlake Rd, +1 434 237 7888, . Su-Th noon-8PM, F noon-9PM, Sa 10AM-9PM. Miniature golf, laser tag, game arcade, go-karts. Also has an event space for parties.

Sports edit

Lynchburg hosts a minor-league professional baseball team as well as several colleges with active athletics departments.

  • 6 Liberty Flames and Lady Flames, 1971 University Blvd (Box office is in the Vines Center), +1 434 582-7328, . NCAA Division I teams representing Liberty University, mostly in Conference USA, which it joined in July 2023. The main sports venues are on campus, most notably Williams Stadium (football) and the Liberty Arena (basketball and women's volleyball; also hosts many university events). The Liberty Arena is attached to the larger Vines Center that hosts basketball games expected to draw bigger crowds.    
  • 7 Lynchburg Hillcats Baseball, 3180 Fort Ave, +1 434 528-1144, fax: +1 434 846-0768. Low-A affiliate of the Cleveland Guardians. Free parking for all games behind the stadium.
  • [dead link] Lynchburg Hornets, 1501 Lakeside Dr, +1 434 544-8286, fax: +1 434 544-8365. NCAA Division III teams representing the University of Lynchburg, playing in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.
  • Randolph WildCats, 2500 Rivermont Ave, +1 434 947-8536, fax: +1 434 947-8859. NCAA Division III teams representing Randolph College, playing in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.
  • VUL Dragons (Virginia University of Lynchburg), 2058 Garfield Ave. Virginia University of Lynchburg is an HBCU and competes in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). VUL fields teams in football (men), basketball, volleyball (women), and track/field.

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Buy edit

  • 1 Givens Books and Little Dickens, 2236 Lakeside Dr, +1 434 385-5027, fax: +1 434 385-6382. M-F 8AM-9PM, Sa 9AM-7PM, Oct-Dec: Sa 9AM-9PM. Independently-owned bookstore also serving as a teacher supply, toy store, and café. Sells new, used, and antique books.
  • 2 Outdoor Trails, 4925 Boonsboro Rd #2, +1 434 386-4302, fax: +1 434 386-4306, . M-F 10AM-8PM, Sa 10AM-6PM. Wide selection of quality camping, hiking, and other sporting goods. Prepare to be greeted by two well-behaved dogs, both good with children.
  • 3 Lynchburg Community Market, 219 Main Street, +1 434 455-4485, fax: +1 434 847-1552. Indoor/outdoor farmers' market and more. Seasonal offerings, several locally-owned restaurants, and many locally-made crafts.
  • 4 Easter Island, 5505 White Oak Dr (behind Long John Silver's on Wards Rd), +1 434 237-4700, . M-Sa 10AM-7PM, Su 1PM-5PM. Quirky shop with locally-crafted jewelry, a wide selection of incense, clothing, unusual musical instruments and other things.
  • 5 River Ridge Mall, 3405 Candlers Mountain Rd (can be accessed from Wards Road and Candlers Mountain Road), +1 434 239-1028. M-Sa 10AM-8PM, Su Noon-6PM. Indoor mall anchored by Belk, JC Penney, Dick's Sporting Goods and Regal Movie Theater.    

Eat edit

Budget edit

  • La Carreta Mexican. M-F 11AM-2:30PM & 5PM-11PM, Sa noon-10PM, Su noon-2:30PM & 5PM-9PM. Authentic Mexican restaurant with several locations in the area. $7-11.
  • 4 Texas Inn, 422 Main St, +1 434 846-3823. M-Sa, 24 hours, closed Christmas.

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Splurge edit

  • 8 Koto, 2160 Wards Rd, +1 434 237-9134. Teppanyaki-style Japanese steakhouse with sushi bar. Offers free dinner meals for birthdays (dine-in only, show ID for verification).
  • 9 Shoemakers American Grille, 1312 Commerce St, +1 434 455-1510, fax: +1 434 455-1511. M-F 11AM-2:30PM & 4:30PM-10PM, Sa 4:30PM-10PM. Offers private rooms and extensive wine selection. $12-40.

Drink edit

  • 1 La Vida Coffee Shop, 2704 Langhorne Rd (on Langhorne Road right by Memorial Avenue), +1 434 215 3332. M-Th 6AM-9PM, F-Su 6AM-10PM. Southwestern themed coffee shop that is a popular hangout for college students $7.
  • 2 The Muse Coffee Company, 1509 Enterprise Dr. M-W 7AM–10PM, Th F 7AM–11PM, Sa 8AM–11PM. Local coffee roaster.

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Stay safe edit

For emergencies occurring on the campus of Liberty University, call the Liberty University Police Department, +1 434 592-3911.

Go next edit

The Overlord Arch at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford.
  • 12 Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest, 1542 Bateman Bridge Rd, Forest (avoid the bridge on Bateman Bridge by taking Thomas Jefferson Rd), +1 434 525-1806, fax: +1 434 525-7252. Mar 15 - Dec 15: Daily 10AM-4PM. Not as well-known as Monticello, Poplar Forest was a country plantation designed by Jefferson as a second home. Now it's an historic house museum. $14.    
  • 13 National D-Day Memorial, 3 Overlord Circle, Bedford. Tu-Su 10AM-5PM. $7.    
  • 14 Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, VA 24, Appomattox (from U.S. 460, take 24E to U.S. 60), +1 434 352-8987 ext 26, fax: +1 434 352-8330. Site of the surrender of the Confederate States of America. Reduced fees after Labor Day and before Memorial Day.    
  • 15 Peaks of Otter Visitor Center, 85919 Blue Ridge Parkway, Bedford, +1 540 586-4496. Base for two popular mountain hikes.  
  • 16 Crabtree Falls, 11581 Crabtree Falls Hwy, Rt 56, Montebello. Crabtree Falls is the highest vertical-drop cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River. Viewing area at the base is handicap accessible. Free.    
  • 17 Natural Bridge, 15 Appledore Lane, Natural Bridge, toll-free: +1-800-533-1410, fax: +1 540 291-1551, . Tickets for cavern and other Natural Bridge attractions are available separately or as a package.    
Routes through Lynchburg
Washington, D.C.Charlottesville  N   S  DanvilleCharlotte
Roanoke  SW   NE  CharlottesvilleWashington, D.C.
CharlottesvilleAmherst  N   S  DanvilleGreensboro
END  N   S  BedfordRoanoke
RoanokeBedford  W   E  FarmvillePetersburg
END ← Buena Vista  N   S  DurhamSouthern Pines

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