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So you’re social distancing…

April 8, 2020

Written by Katy Ward

 

You have probably found that you have a lot more time on your hands then normal and may be getting a bit bored. The outdoors is a fantastic place to both social distance yourself and spend all that newfound time. Here are a couple of hikes that can be done on the Liberty Mountain Trail System. There are 50 square miles of trails to hike, of all different challenges. Choose the hike that best suits your goals for your afternoon, whatever they may be!

 

A Nice, Leisurely Stroll

If you are looking for something that you can do at your own pace and does not have much of an elevation change, there is a beautiful loop close to the Hydaway facility.

  • Begin following Falwell Rd. and walk about ¼ of a mile.
  • Turn right onto Raccoon Alley and hike its entirety
  • Once you reach the end of Raccoon Alley, you should be at Great Escape
  • Take a right onto Great Escape and walk until you reach Falwell Rd again.
  • Congratulations! You just completed a 2-mile loop!

A Brisk Trek

Interested in getting out for a little while, with a slight challenge? This hike will take your breath away with the beautiful creek that flows through and with the elevation changes.

  • Start at the Disc Golf Parking lot (the gravel lot on the left that is just before Hydaway’s gates) and travel down Lake Hydaway Rd.
  • Follow Lake Hydaway Rd. for about 0.5 miles and turn left onto Trail Too Far.
  • Trail Too Far is a beautiful trail that will take you over some bridges along a small stream and then a steady uphill climb to the towards Chaldlers Mountain Rd.  This will total up to be about 1.5 miles.
  • Once at the top, you will take a right back onto Lake Hydaway Rd. and follow that mountain road for 2.3 miles until you are back at the gravel lot where you started.
  • On only two trails you just completed almost 4.5 miles!

A Long, Diverse Journey

Looking for something that will take a couple of hours? Something that will give you lots to see and plenty of challenging climbs? This 9-mile hike takes you around the entire trail system and has plenty of good views.

  • Embark on the Hydaway end of Falwell Rd and follow until you see our campsites.
  • Once at the campsites, head right to find Great Escape. You will be on Great Escape for 2.5 miles.
  • When you reach the end of Great Escape, you will take a right onto Clearcut Rd. but only follow that for a very short time until you see A Walk in the Park on your left.
  • Turn left onto A Walk in the Park and hike that trail for 2 miles.
  • You should now have reached Dead End Alley, take a right and walk a short bit until you hit Flames Rd.
  • Turn left onto Flames Rd. This will take you up and down some fun hills and you will follow this road for 1.5 miles.
  • Flames Rd. turns into Monogram Rd. which will provide a beautiful view of Lynchburg and Liberty’s campus. Finishing out Monogram is 1 mile.
  • Once you have completed Monogram, you will be at the Snowflex facility. The little parking lot at the bottom of Snowflex is where you will turn left to find the gravel trail which is Falwell Rd.
  • Simply go around the gate and start the final leg of your journey.
  • Hike out Falwell Rd. until you are back at Hydaway.
  • You just achieved 9 miles for the day!

Create Your Own Hike!

Our trail map is available online for download, or you can pick up a copy at any trail kiosk. There are many too many trails to mention in one sitting, so get creative and explore what the Liberty Mountain Trail System has to offer! Find something that fits your needs, whether that is a relaxing walk or an intense uphill burn, our trail system can work for you.