Hiking, climbing, kayaking, camping, swimming, canoeing, fishing, biking – the list goes on. With the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Jefferson National Forest, the James and Piney rivers, and parks, there are abundant outdoor opportunities for fun, exercise or relaxation. Within an hours drive you can get to Smith Mountain Lake, the largest lake in Virginia, and the Wintergreen ski resort.
The western boundary of Amherst County is formed by the Blue Ridge Parkway with miles of scenic driving along the top of the Blue Ridge Mountains and countless opportunities for relaxing stops. The eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains are cut by numerous streams and rivers and dotted with lakes affording opportunities for fishing and boating. Many people enjoy fishing, float trips and kayaking on the James River, which forms the southern and eastern boundary of Amherst County.
The Appalachian Trail, which extends over 2,000 miles from Maine to Georgia, passes through Amherst County. The Appalachian Trail and a number of other trails wind through the western part of the County in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, which constitute over 57,000 acres of Amherst County.
The county has multiple parks, some near lakes or rivers, and 2 bike trails. The Virginia Blue Ridge Railway trail is 7 miles long and winds it’s way through Amherst County along the Tye and Piney rivers and includes a photo worthy covered bridge. Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail
Amherst County has several golf courses with gorgeous views and challenging courses. Winton Country Club‘s 18-hole championship golf course is recognized as one of the finest courses in Virginia and it has the added bonus of having no surrounding residences, which is becoming more and more unique. Winton also boasts a junior Olympic swimming pool and on-site restaurant as well as a banquet facility and the historic Sarah Henry Manor which predates the Revolutionary War. Poplar Grove is Amherst’s newest golf course and features rolling terrain, natural streams and lakes, and sweeping mountain views. Poplar Grove was the final design of golf legend Sam Snead.