Getting close to nature takes on new heights in Lynchburg, where the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains inspire residents to journey just a bit closer to the sky. Through the Lynchburg Climbing Club, you can meet such adventurous friends who share your love of Appalachian terrain. Of course, the best way is to actually hit the trails and start hiking, and the 300-acre Blackwater Creek Natural Area is the perfect place to start. Along with 8 miles of creekside hiking and biking trails, as well as canoe rentals, the natural area also encompasses the Ruskin Freer Nature Preserve, a sanctuary for plants and animals. Not a big fan of heights?
There’s still a club devoted to just about every other activity. Runners meet up through the Lynchburg Roadrunners Club, while golfers simply head to the country club. At Boonsboro Country Club, members can take a swing at the 18-hole championship course, which originally opened in 1929. Nestled amongst the region’s rolling hills, the course follows the natural undulating landscape, making it a difficult one to master. Lynchburg is home to another running club of a different sort.
The Seven Hills Hash House Harriers, abbreviated to the 7H4, get together to combine running and drinking. British expats overseas playing “hounds and hares” founded the game in 1938, and the 7H4 have continued the tradition for more than 15 years. Each week, “hares” are given a short head start, leaving a flour trail over a few miles.
The “hounds” then proceed to follow the trail through foothills and suburbs alike, with rewards for all participants coming in beverage form. Swimming, biking, climbing … drinking, there is a club for all in Lynchburg. You can climb the tallest mountain or remain entirely on the ground, but inactivity is just not an option.