Top Trail Towns: Lynchburg, Virginia - Page 2
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> APPALACHIAN TRAIL
“At the core of everything in the Blue Ridge Mountains is the Appalachian Trail,” says Horton. “Use the at to create loops with other connecting trails like up in the Priest and Three Ridges Wilderness areas.” those Wilderness Areas are located an hour north of Lynchburg.
> LIBERTY MOUNTAIN TRAIL SYSTEM
This in-town, 65-plus- mile trail system sits at the edge of Liberty University and was largely built over the years by Horton and his running classes. Use the old logging doubletrack with singletrack built for both bike and pedestrian use to string together a five- to-25-mile run through deciduous forests overlooking Lynchburg.
> PROMISE LAND 50K / “With 7400 feet of climbing, this is a serious 50k,” explains Horton, Promise Land’s race director. The April race takes place in the Blue Ridge Mountains a short distance west of Lynchburg, and the course is usually laden with spring wildflowers (extremeultrarunning.com).
> HELLGATE 100K / Starting at 12:01 a.m. on a December morning, this point-to-point race through the Blue Ridge Mountains is also directed by Horton and features what are called “Horton miles,” which basically means the race is longer than advertised. “Do this race when you’ve done all the others,” states Horton, proudly, about his graduate-level event (extremeultrarunning.com).
> LIBERTY MOUNTAIN TRAIL SERIES / A series of six short-distance trail races ranging from a 5k to a half-marathon put on by Liberty University student activities during the school year. The races are open to and popular with the public, and take place on the Liberty Mountain Trail System (liberty.edu/campusrec/studentactivities/index. cfm?PID=18161).