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Percival's Island Natural Area
1600 Concord Turnpike
Lynchburg, VA 24504
Percival's Island is a familiar landmark in downtown Lynchburg. This unique parcel of Lynchburg's park system includes the Percival's Island Trail, part of the James River Heritage Trail System. Visitors may see herons, migrating waterfowl and many native plants and animals as they follow the paved trail, which bisects the natural area. The flat, handicapped accessible, paved trail is popular with hikers, bikers, and runners all year long. The James River is the backdrop for any visit to the island, featuring views of both calm pools and rushing waters.
To access this section of the James River Heritage Trail, visitors have several options. From the Lynchburg side of the river, hikers can enter at the parking area near Jefferson Street and Concord Turnpike. For visitors from Amherst County, access to the trail is at the terminus of Fertilizer Road, past the Central Virginia Training Center. Fishing is permitted in accordance with State of Virginia fishing regulations, and swimming and glass containers are not allowed.
Anyone wishing to spend a quiet afternoon or quick bike ride while enjoying views of the James River will find a lovely park with many special places to explore.