The 2,122-square-mile Lynchburg Region includes the city of Lynchburg; the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, and Campbell; and the towns of Altavista, Bedford, Brookneal, Amherst, and Appomattox.
Water abounds in the Lynchburg Region. The historic James River flows in the north and the Staunton River in the south, providing a perfect venue for numerous events. Smith Mountain Lake, a destination for locals and visitors, sits to the west, in southern Bedford County. In Campbell County, there’s Leesville Lake. Whether you boat, kayak, fish, or sunbathe, we have options.
The cost of living here is below the national average and among the lowest in Virginia.
Two major highways, U.S. 29 and 460, traverse the Region, serving as corridors for industrial, commercial and residential development. Interstate highways bordering the Region provide convenient access to points beyond the Commonwealth. Two daily Amtrak trains, the Northeast Regional and Crescent, link Lynchburg with Boston, New Orleans, and cities in between.
Religiously speaking, there’s something for everyone here. There are hundreds of places of worship in the Region, everything from country churches to mega churches. Most Protestant denominations are represented, along with the Mormon, Catholic and Greek Orthodox faiths.
There’s a Jewish synagogue in Lynchburg and the Greater Lynchburg Islamic Association holds weekly services for the area’s Muslim community. The Unitarian Universalists meet here, as do the Lynchburg Area Secular Humanists.
Quality shopping opportunities are available throughout the Region, and have increased steadily over the past decade. Quaint boutiques, hip Millennial storefronts, and numerous antique spots make our region the perfect place for your retail therapy. For example,
The historic downtown areas in Lynchburg and Bedford are fast becoming destinations for antique lovers.
Altavista, in Campbell County, is seeing a growth spurt, with an increasing number of boutiques, antique stores and other retail shops and restaurants opening in its business district.
The Forest community, in Bedford County, has seen a surge in retail and restaurant development over the past decade, keeping pace with its booming real estate market. In Lynchburg, Boonsboro, Wyndhurst, and Wards Road continue to be popular shopping locations.
The Locavore Movement
There are farmers’ markets throughout the Region. The Lynchburg Community Market was recently recognized by the Virginia Recreation and Parks Association for its “Lynchburg is for Locavores” marketing campaign, which promotes the Region’s farm-to-table culture.
The local initiative Grassroots Local Market is currently raising funds to open a cooperatively owned grocery store in Lynchburg’s central business district.