Parks, Picnic Areas and Picnic Shelters

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Parks & Picnic Areas

Biggers Neighborhood Park
This small park has a lot of activity, and features a full basketball court, benches, picnic area, tables, grills and play equipment.

Blackwater Creek Athletic Area
Blackwater Creek Athletic Area has one multi-purpose, lighted field for football, softball, baseball or soccer. Other features include restroom facilities, picnic shelter, open area for play, connection to Creekside Trail and is home to the off-leash Lynchburg Dog Park.

Blackwater Creek Natural Area
The natural area contains eight miles of both paved and earthen hiking and biking trails that follow Blackwater Creek throughout the city. This natural area contains the Ruskin Freer Nature Preserve, a plant and animal sanctuary. Parking is available.

College Park
Highlights of this park include a basketball court and three separate picnic areas with grills and a small creek. Parking is available.

Fort Avenue Neighborhood Park
Fort Avenue Neighborhood Park contains a full basketball court, benches, picnic area with tables and a grill and a small playground.

Hollins Mill Park
Hollins Mill Park provides trail access to the Blackwater Creek Bikeway and Point of Honor Trail sections of the James River Heritage Trail System. The park features handicap-accessible picnic facilities with tables and grills, as well as streamside fishing and open play area. Ample parking is available.

Ivy Creek Park
Located in the Lynchpin Industrial Park, Ivy Creek Park includes a lake and trails. Read more on page 48.

James River Canoe Ramp
The canoe ramp is designed to provide access for small boats to the James River. Very limited parking is available, and boats are restricted to non-motorized watercraft. Please note that boat trailers are not allowed.

Jefferson Park
Jefferson Park offers a neighborhood recreation center, picnic shelter with tables and grill that can accommodate up to 80 people, a playground, athletic fields, two tennis courts, horseshoe pits and a basketball court. The Jefferson Park Trail connects hikers to the Blackwater Creek Natural Area and additional hiking trails. Parking is available.

Miller Park
Historic Miller Park features two baseball fields, a basketball court, horseshoe pits, playgrounds, restrooms, two picnic shelters with tables and grill that can be rented and Miller Park Pool, the only public outdoor pool in Lynchburg. The park includes several monuments, including the Firemen’s Memorial and the 7th Virginia Cavalry Memorial, as well as the historic Aviary, which can be used for weddings, parties and other events, and the bicentennial grove of native trees. Parking is available.

Peaks View Park
As the second largest park in Lynchburg, Peaks View Park offers an abundance of active recreation options including two playground areas, three lighted tennis courts, seven multi-purpose fields used for soccer, football, softball and baseball, volleyball courts, basketball court, mountain bike trails, disc golf course, playground, picnic shelters and the Ivy Creek Interpretive Loop Trail, located near a small pond. There are three main entrances to the park and parking is available.

Percival’s Island Natural Area
Located downtown along the river, Percival’s Island is approximately 1.5 miles long. The park is maintained in its natural state as a haven for plants and animals. Fishing is permitted. There are biking and walking trails, picnic areas and a parking area near Jefferson Street and Concord Turnpike which are open all year long.

Perrymont Park
With a wooded grassy area, three tennis courts, two softball fields and a playground, Perrymont Park is picturesque. Parking is available.

Riverfront Park
Located right off Jefferson Street downtown, Riverfront Park is located adjacent to the James River, and includes a large open field suitable for festivals and other special events. The park also connects to the Riverwalk trail that bisects Percival’s Island. Parking is available on Jefferson Street.

Riverside Park
The second oldest park in Lynchburg, Riverside Park has wonderful views of the James River from the overlook and along the Alpine Trail. The park also includes tennis and basketball courts, playground, sprayground, sensory wall and drum circle area, trail access, picnic shelters and a gazebo. Parking is available.

Sandusky Park
Sandusky Park includes athletic fields, a picnic area and a paved pathway. A large, well-lit parking area is also on-site.

Westover Neighborhood Park
Westover Neighborhood Park offers a half basketball court, play equipment and picnic tables with parking available on a nearby street.

Younger Park
Younger Park features a basketball court, playground area, two picnic tables with grills, trike track and small
parking area.

For more information about any of the above parks, call (434) 455-5858 or visit

Picnic Shelters

  • Blackwater Creek Athletic Area
  • Jefferson Park
  • Miller Park
  • Peaks View Park
  • Riverside Park

Parks & Recreation Directory • (434) 455-5858

(434) 455-5865

(434) 455-5882

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(434) 455-4485

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(434) 455-5875

Nature Zone
(434) 455-5828

Park Management
(434) 455-5876

Special Events
(434) 455-5871

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(434) 455-4115

Volunteer Coordinator
(434) 455-5886

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