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Parks

 

Amherst County has always been know to hold some of the most awe inspiring

landscapes of the area. There are many various parks highlighted below that can provide

some of the most fascinating attractions of this beautiful county!

 

The county maintains several parks in very attractive settings both in

and around thecounty that can provide a wonderful experience

for both county residents and visitors.

 

 

 

Coolwell Park & Community Center Monacan Park

About The Trail:

Located on Coolwell Road, south of the Town of Amherst, this recreational park has a  picnic area with grills, a picnic shelter, a play area for children, restrooms,  lighted all-purpose fields (soccer, football, and softball), outdoor basketball courts, a  nature trail and an outdoor amphitheater.  The community center located in the park is  available to civic organizations and school groups on a reservation basis.  It is also  available for rent to private individuals on a reservation (rental fee) basis.  For additional  information call the Recreation Department at 434-946-9371.

 Monacan Park

Directions:   

This park is located on the scenic and historic James River.  The park offers a boat ramp and boat dock for access to the river, fishing benches, a covered picnic pavilion and picnic area, a play area for children and restroom facilities.  It is located in the Elon area of the county. Directions:  take Rt. 130 W. to Elon.  Turn left on Monacan Park Rd.  The  park is located at the end of the Monacan Park Road.

Riveredge Park & Community Center

Directions:

Located at the base of Rocky Hill Road, on the James River, directly across from Downtown Lynchburg, this park, which overlooks the James River Fountain, offers boat and fishing access to the James River.  The community center located in the park is available to civic organizations and school groups on a reservation basis.  It is also available for rent to private individuals on a reservation (rental fee) basis.  For additional  information call the Recreation Department at 434-946-9371. .

Mill Creek Lake Park

Directions:

   

Located in the Temperance area of the county, this park is considered by many residents to be the most scenic with a clear view of Mt. Pleasant and is part of the Sleeping Giant  Loop on the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail [www.dgif.virginia.gov ]   Furthermore,  this park is extremely popular with the fishermen!  It rests on a 190 acre watershed lake  that is open for fishing only (no swimming).  No gasoline powered boats allowed.  The  park consists of a boat ramp, picnic tables and grills, play area for children and restroom  facilities.  Directions:  turn onto Rt. 778 off of Rt. 60 west.  Turn right on Rt. 610.  Follow the signs.

Stonehouse Lake Park

Directions:

   

Located in the Temperance area of the county, this park rests on a beautiful 41 acre watershed lake and is open for fishing only (no swimming).  This park is part of the  Sleeping Giant Loop on the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail. [www.dgif.virginia.gov]   There is a boat ramp providing access into the lake (no gasoline powered boats allowed).  A covered picnic pavilion, picnic tables and grills, a play area for children and restroom  facilities makes this park an attractive setting for family/group picnics and activities. Directions:  turn on Rt. 778 off of Rt. 60 W.  Turn left onto Rt. 610.  Follow the signs.

Thrashers Lake Park

About The Trail:

Located in the Temperance area of the county, this park rests on an attractive 36 acre  watershed lake open for fishing only (no swimming). This park is part of the Sleeping  Giant Loop on the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail [www.dgif.virginia.gov ]    It  consists of a boat ramp (no gasoline powered boats allowed) picnic tables and grills, a  play area for children and restroom facilities. Directions:  turn onto Rt. 778 off of Rt. 60 Turn left on Rt 610. Follow the signs

 

 

 

*County wide park hours are one hour after sunrise and one hour  before sunset. 

[Please note that county code stipulates that consumption of alcoholic beverages is strictly prohibited on all county property.]