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Blackwater Creek Bikeway
James River Heritage Trail System
The James River Heritage Trail system in Lynchburg is named for the unique historic connection Lynchburg has with the James River. All of the city-maintained paved trails are part of the James River Heritage Trail system, including trails within the Blackwater Creek Natural Area (BWCNA), along the James River, and within our parks.
Blackwater Creek Bikeway
The Blackwater Creek Bikeway (aka Blackwater Creek Trail) is one of the most fun and popular trails in the city. The trail was built along an abandoned railway bed, which makes it perfect for jogging, walking, or biking. The trail travels through a lovely urban forest, and is intersected at various points with earthen trails that allow visitors to delve deeper into the forested area and enjoy the many plants and wildlife species inhabiting it. The trail has three paved sections, including the Point of Honor Trail, Riverwalk, and the Kemper Station Trail. The Bikeway and Point of Honor sections form a loop trail within the BWCNA, while the Riverwalk and Kemper Station sections are spur trails allowing visitors to access or exit the BWCNA at other points.
Beginning at the Ed Page entrance of the BWCNA, it's about three miles to the entrance to the Riverwalk Trail section of the Bikeway, or approximately 2 miles before reaching the Point of Honor Trail section. Public parking is available at both the Ed Page and East Randolph Place entrances. Restrooms are available at the Ed Page entrance.
Point of Honor Trail/Riverwalk
The Point of Honor trail section is 1.5 miles, traveling past the historic Point of Honor home before connecting to the entrance of the Riverwalk Trail, and the other end of the Bikeway. Point of Honor is a historic home, situated on a point of land in the Daniel's Hill neighborhood overlooking the James River. It is open to the public, and offers seasonal living history demonstrations including cooking, children's games, and period music. Riverwalk Trail travels out of the BWCNA and into downtown Lynchburg and onto Percival's Island, where visitors are surrounded by the sights and sounds of the James River.
The Awareness Garden
The Awareness Garden is also located at the Ed Page entrance. The beautiful garden is a special place for all of those whose lives have been affected by cancer. The garden was funded by the Awareness Garden Foundation. For more information be sure to look at the brochure box located in the garden, or visit their website.
Kemper Station Trail
Please note that visitors can no longer access the entrance of the Kemper Station Trail from the train station, due to construction of the mid-town connector. The trail remains open from the Bikeway entrance.
The Kemper Station Trail section joins the Bikeway near mile marker 2.0 and ends at the Kemper Street Train Station, and connects Midtown to the Blackwater Creek Natural Area and the Bikeway. The Kemper Station trail section was dedicated on March 30, 2006.