Activities in Lynchburg

If you’re staying for the weekend and looking for other activities and attractions nearby, here are some of our favorites!


There’s a lot going on in the area this weekend besides our wedding, here are just a few:

First Friday: 5-8PM in downtown Lynchburg. Several art galleries open up on the first Friday of each month, some of which serve snacks and wine tastings. Hop on the trolley and it will take you to the various locations:

Bedford Centerfest: Friday Evening and all day Saturday. Downtown Bedford (20 mins from Merrywood) opens up with music, food from local restaurants, and artisan/craft vendors. Family friendly.

Festy: Friday-Sunday in Arrington, VA about 1 hour from Merrywood. Small music festival with national as well as local musicians, including Bella Fleck with Abigail Washburn, Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen, Sam Bush, North Mississippi Allstars, The Infamous Stringdusters, and Lord Nelson (Arden’s brother Henry’s in the band, they are playing the wedding).


Claytor Nature Study Center: Quiet trails thorough woods, pasture, hillsides, and along a creek  in rural Bedford County. If you’re lucky you might find some fruits in the Pawpaw grove near the creek.

Peaks of Otter: The peaks (Sharp Top and Flat Top) have some spectacular views! Very popular destinations and likely crowded during leaf-peeping season, but when you get to the top you see why.

Ivy Creek Park: Small city park very close by. Casual trail around the small lake, with seasonal canoe rental.

Blue Ridge Parkway: Recreational road along the forested ridge-top. There are all kinds of trails intersecting the Parkway, including the Appalachian Trail. The section near us runs through the town of Big Island and links up with the Peaks of Otter, Apple Orchard Mountain, Devil’s Marbleyard, and Apple Orchard Falls trails. Google “trails near Big Island, VA.”

Poplar Forest Golf Course:

London Downs Golf Club:


Poplar Forest: Thomas Jefferson’s vacation abode, just a couple miles from us.

Lynchburg Old City Cemetery: Municipal cemetery with  tree arboretum, Confederate graves, interactive exhibits and lots of history.

Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College:

Awesome Children’s Discovery Museum in Downtown Lynchburg

Art Exhibit in Downtown Lynchburg

Art Exhibits and Performances in Downtown Lynchburg

Farms and Farmers Markets

Forest Farmers Market: Saturday 8-12AM. Just a mile away, this is the local market we regularly attend. Of course we will be absent this weekend, but there are tons of other great vendors: snack foods, food trucks and barbecue, craft vendors, as well as produce and meat.

Lynchburg Community Market: Tuesday-Saturday 7AM-2PM. Downtown Lynchburg, one of the country’s oldest continuing markets. A huge variety of farm goods, prepared food and restaurants, and craft vendors.

Gross’ Orchard: Apple and peach orchard that will have many ripe fruits in October. U-pick as well as an extensive farm stand, located close to the Peaks of Otter and hiking along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Beer and Wine

Local Brewery (1.5 miles away!)

Our favorite local winery

Bedford Artisan Trail

Extensive list of things to do and see in Bedford County.