Amherst County... You'll Love it!
So many ways to relax, so much to see and do. Spend a day at Sweet Briar College one of the most beautiful colleges in the United States. Play a round of golf at one of our three golf courses (home of Poplar Grove Golf Course, ranked #8 best new upscale public course 2005 by Golf Digest). Visit the Moncan Indian Ancestral Museum or the Amherst Historical Museum. Interesting landmarks from the Blue Ridge Parkway to the historic James River, the scenery is spectacular. Come visit. You'll love it too!
National Park Service facility near the Blue Ridge Parkway milepost 60 offering creek side sites for tent camping and RV's (no power/water hookups). Season operation offering a gift shop and restaurant.
Camp Lodge
Make your escape to Wildwood Campground in the Blue Ridge Mountains.Offering*Nightly,*Weekly, and *Montly Rentals
Route 130 6252 Elon Road, Monroe, Virginia 24574
Wildwood Campground Lake
18 hole golf course desgined by Sam Snead located just 14 miles north of Lynchburg across from the entrance to Sweet Briar College. Ranked #8 Best New Upscale Golf Course by Golf Digest in 2005.
18 hole rural course offering very affordable greens/cart fees.
18 hole championship course. Public course offering year round golfing. Featuring an 18th century Manor House that is on the national register of historic places.
Hiking, Biking, & Birding
Hiding & Biking
Appalachian Trail
Nearly 50 miles of this grand trail pass through Amherst County as it winds it way from Maine to Georgia. Enter the trail via the Blue Ridge Parkway near milepost 50, or from Route 60 near the counties western boarder.
ATV Trails
Amherst County offers 25 miles of trails for All-Terrain Vehicles just west of the Blue Ridge Parkway off Route 130 West. For additional information contact the Forest Service (540-291-2188)
Parkway attractions located in Amherst County include Otter Creek campground, restaurant, and gift shop, and Humphrey's Gap. Enter the parkway from Amherst County via Route 60 near milepost 45 or via Route 130, a Scenic Byway.
George Washington National Forest
Occupying much of the western portion of Amherst County (and more than a million acres in Virginia and West Virginia), this vast woodland provides a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. You'll discover numerous spots for hiking, camping, and fishing.
James River Heritage Trail
This blacktop hiking and biking trail is accessible from the Blackwater Creek Trail at the Lynchburg riverfront. A trestle footbrigde carries you to the one-mile stretch of trail running the length of Percival's Island, and a second footbridge leads you across the James River to Amherst for another 1.5 mile path.
Mount Pleasant Scenic Area
More than 7,500 acres of splendor can be reached via Route 631, just off Route 60 West. Magnificent overlooks and trails reaching 4,000' elevations.
High Peak Hang Gliding
Morris Orchard
Come in the spring to enjoy the spelndor of the orchard in bloom. Come in the summer for the peaches & blueberries. And come in the fall for the pleasure of picking your own apples, straight from the tree. You'll also enjoy visiting the gift shop and petting the animals.
226 Tobacco Row Lane,Monroe,Virginia(434)-929-2401 (closed January-March)
Winery & Brewery
Home of the Virginia Wine & Garlic Festival held the second full weekend of October each year. Click here for more information on the festival.
Rebec Vineyards, first planted in 1980, boasts eight acres of the world's finest grapes: the noble vitis viniferaof Europe. Commanding an expansive view of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the winery was designed and built by owner Richard Hanson and his son-in-law Mark Magruder. The building features rich weatherd-chestnut siding and exposed beams from 200 year old tobacco barn, which was once on this historic farm "Mountain View", listed both on the National Register of Historic Places and as a Virginia Landmark.
2229 North Amherst Highway (U.S. Highway 29), Amherst, Virginia 24521
Home of the Annual Virginia Summer Solstice Wine Festival and located at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Lazy Days Vineyard & Winery offers a broad spectacular view of the natural beauty of Virginia. Close to both Charlottesville and Lynchburg, it's easy to reach Lazy Days and enjoy their Virginia wines.  Located at 1351 N. Amherst Highway, Amherst, Virginia, 24521.  Call (434)381-6088  visit
Our large comfortable taproom ​features 12 taps that offer a variety of craft beers to suit every palate. Close to both Lynchburg and Charlottesville, it's easy to reach Loose Shoe Brewing Company. Located at 198 Ambriar Plaza, Amherst, VA 24521.  Call (434)946-BEER visit
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