Beginning below the visitor center down by water's edge, Tobacco Run Trail meanders along for a mere 0.7-mile. Hikers should follow the blue blazes along the windy earthen path that slices through thin woodland, crosses over the park road and spills out by the amphitheater.
As you entered the parking lot, you couldn't help but notice the historic barn on your right. This trail provides an up-close look at the barn, the small crop of groomed tobacco -- thanks to Mr. Bill Tuck, continuous views of the lake, and a nice view of a second barn that serves as the park's amphitheater.
More serious hikers should check with park staff regarding trails at nearby Peaks of Otter and the private site of Westvaco.
Directions: From Lynchburg, VA, Travel south on U.S. Highway 29 for 6 miles. Turn west (right) onto Rt. 24. Travel 15 miles to Rt. 707 and turn left. Travel 1 mile. Turn left (south) onto Rt. 43 and travel 2 miles. Turn right (west) onto Rt. 626 and travel 11 miles to the park entrance. After passing the contact station, make a left onto Interpretive Trail Road. Follow to visitor center parking lot. Trail begins to the left of the building by water's edge.
Elevation: 600 feet
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
Distance: 0.7 miles
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