Lynchburg, Virginia is located within a 60 minute drive to the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Appalachian Trail and numerous other smaller trails found along the mountain ridge and the James River. Are you ready for an invigorating walk in the woods? This time of year is the ideal time to do a scenic fall hike and enjoy the colors! Looking for an easy walk or a more strenuous hike? Either can be found and will allow you to enjoy the beautiful fall colors, scents and sounds. Remember to pack your sunscreen, snacks, plenty of water and your camera. You never know what beautiful or unexpected sight you may see.
Peaks of Otter Trails. There are seven trail options to choose from, ranging in length from .8 to 3.3 miles. Most are easy to moderate hikes. They can be accessed from Peaks of Otter parking at the Blue Ridge Parkway Mile Marker 86. You can research these trails by searching “Peaks of Otter Trail Map” online. There you will find the trail names, lengths and difficulty ratings.
The James River Footbridge trail is an easy hike that follows the James River, then a tributary that leads to an Appalachian Trail overnight hut Wonderful, peaceful scenery will be found. This hike is about 4 miles in length, out and back. The trailhead is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Snowden, about 20 miles northwest of Lynchburg.
Crabtree Falls. This moderate to strenuous hike is about 4 miles long, each way. Offering views of the highest vertical-drop cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi, the five major cascades and several smaller drop a total of 1200 feet. The first overlook is near the parking lot along a gentle paved trail. More adventurous hikers can continue along a 3mile trial to spectacular views of Crabtree Falls and the Tye River Valley. Please beware and heed the signs, do not go off the trail to get a better picture or to see the falls up close. Every year at least one person falls to their death on the slick rocks and uneven terrain.
Apple Orchard Falls. a challenging 2.5 mile hike-out and back. The trail descends 2000 feet to a 150-foot waterfall, but remember the return hike is all uphill! Be sure to take water and food with you. This trailhead is located about 7 miles north of Peaks of Otter.
We have hiked most of these trails. Some are more of a challenge than others, but all offer spectacular scenery, beautiful woodlands and some days views to eternity. As mentioned earlier, do not forget to take your water with you. And remember to stay on the trail, so that nature can be saved to be enjoyed by others. Have fun and hike safely!
If you are staying with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast we can make arrangements to provide you with a picnic lunch, snacks and drinks or other back-packable items to make your day in nature more enjoyable. Just ask us when you make your reservation.
Do you like to ride your bike? Do you enjoy riding in a unique setting? Are you up for a fun evening of a bit of exercise, community togetherness, nature and fun? Then the Glow Ride on Percival’s Island is just for you.
On Friday, August 24, 2018 you will pedal under a full moon. Meeting at Percival’s Island, you will ride 3 miles down the trail, turn around and ride back, for a total ride of 6 miles. Dress up. Wear bright colors, funny hats, unique shirts, have fun with it. Decorate your bike with glow sticks and lights. What about streamers? Flowers? Bows? Bells and horns? Again, have fun with it. A prize will be awarded for the most festive bike, so let your imagination run wild!
The ride starts at 8:00 pm and lasts until 9:00 pm. It is open to riders of all ages and abilities. All bikes MUST be decorated in lights of some sort to participate. The Glow Ride is free but you must register at www.lynchburgparkand rec.com. If you have any questions call 434.455.5858.
For guests staying at the B & B, Percival’s Island is located at the far end of downtown Lynchburg, VA from The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, about 1.25 miles. You can ride your decorated bike from the B & B. Just remember, it’s a steep ride or climb back up Cabell Street from the trail. Main Street to Rivermont Avenue to D Street is a flatter route that may be a better choice. See you at the Glow Ride!
Are you a Star Wars fan? Do you enjoy movies shown outdoors? Want to experience a Star Wars movie with other die-hard fans? Then you will want to attend the Lynchburg Park and Rec showing of Star Wars: The Last Jedi when it is shown at Riverside Park on Friday, August 17, 2018 at 8:00 pm.
This is the third season that Lynchburg Parks and Rec has hosted “Movies in the Park.” Each summer they become more and more popular. Gather your family, friends, co-workers and others. Bring your chairs, blankets, picnic supper or snacks and enjoy a great movie. You may want to take advantage of the local food trucks and downtown restaurants that will be selling their delicious food and drinks. Usually 5-7 food trucks or restaurants are available to choose from. Food Trucks will begin serving 2 hours before the movie starts. Vendors and sponsors will have information and booths for you to explore. Or, you can get to Riverside Park early, snag your spot and then explore the park. Exhibits, trails and more await you.
Free parking is available in three parking areas near the screen and seating areas. Parking assistants will direct you to the parking areas. All parking is first-come, first served.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi runs for 2 hours and 32 minutes. In this movie Rey develops her newly found abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares for battle with the first order.
If you are staying with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast we can prepare a “to go” box supper if you’d like. Just be sure to mention this to us at least 48 hours prior to your arrival. Additional fees apply. Enjoy the movie!
It’s going to be a couple weeks of great music in downtown Lynchburg Virginia!
Week 8, of Cheers to the Weekend Concert Series, Friday, August 10, 2018, held in downtown at Riverfront Park, will feature Billy Bon Thornton and the Boxmasters. Lynchburg’s premier outdoor concert series is close to wrapping up for the season. What better way to say goodbye to summer than with this fabulous group who will entertain you, make you dance and sing and help you have a great time.
Gates to the concert open at 6:30 pm, for general admission ticket holders. The show starts at 7:00 and runs until 10:00. The show will take place rain or shine. A valid ID is required to receive your wristband. No outside food, drinks or coolers are allowed. There will be food trucks, beer trucks and vendors available where you can purchase your summer picnic dinner.
Riverfront Park is located at 1000 Jefferson Street. Tickets range from $10 or $25. General admission is $10. The $25 tickets are for VIP guests. VIP tickets allow early admission (6:00), VIP seating, a lounge with private full service bar, 2 drink tickets and a VIP meet and greet opportunity.
Billy Bob Thornton is an actor, director, musician and screenwriter.
For more information visit www.CheersLynchburg.com
Remember, if you are staying at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast you are within walking distance to Riverfront Park. We have chairs available for guests who stay with us.
Lazy Days Winery, located at 1351 Amherst Highway, Amherst, VA, is celebrating the kick off of summer with their 10th annual Summer Solstice Festival. Taking place on Saturday, June 23, 2018 between 11 until 6 it’s an easy way to relax, enjoy and celebrate summer in Central Virginia. Lazy Days Winery is located in what was once the Central Virginia Stockyard.
This popular event is suited to the whole family. At least 8 wineries will be offering tastings and sales, festival food will be available throughout the day (including Virginia peanuts, jerky plus local growers offering fruits and veggies), 30 artisans and crafts vendors will be selling their wares, live music will be presented throughout the day on 2 stages (in the dell and in the pavilion), 2 performances by a Belly Dancing troupe and for the little ones a petting zoo.
Tickets are available as general admission, $10 and as wine tasting tickets, $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. Each wine tasting ticket comes with a Lazy Days Winery glass. Children are free.
For more information call 434.381.6088 or visit http://www.summersolsticefestival.com.
Based on true ghost stories and legends, the Crawford Farm Ghost Tour will take you on an intimate journey onto the actual property of one of the most feared and twisted families of the late 19th century. The true story of love, loss and one man’s willingness to blur the borders between life and death have haunted generations.
After losing his beloved wife during the birth of their second child, an old Civil War veteran, Elijah Crawford, turned to the dark arts to find her. His obsession to find his lost love turned south and a string of tragedies began to fall upon the farm, as one by one those close to him started experiencing horrific life changing (and some life ending) events. The land was cursed and casts a dark shadow even today.
Recently voted one of the Top 30 scariest grounds in the nation by the National Registry of Haunted Places, The Crawford Farm is a historic landmark in Appomattox, Virginia. Set in the ghostly woods of the farm, this guided tour is in its seventh year and is produced and conducted by Wolfbane Productions.
Whether you are a paranormal expert of Halloween aficionado, The Crawford Farm Ghost Tour will thrill and chill you. Tour dates are October 19-21, 2017. Tours start at 7:30 pm and run until 11:00 pm. Tours are approximately 30 minutes. Tickets are sold at the door for $10. Tickets are sold first come, first served, starting at 6:30 pm each evening. Dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes, as you will be walking through the woods. Tours are not recommended for children under 12.
**Information taken from the Wolfbane Productions web site.
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