Percival’s Island, Lynchburg, Virginia

The city of Lynchburg in the U.S. state of Virginia is a city of many treasures.  Among them is Percival’s Island.  Situated in the James River, it is a natural place in an urban city.  Part of Lynchburg’s Riverwalk, Percival’s Island surrounds you with nature.  Whenever you are in Lynchburg, make the trek to this island.

Downtown Lynchburg

Some of you are saying, “This is nice that this island is an oasis in an urban jungle.  The problem is that there are no trains on this island.  Therefore, I will not be trekking here.”

As some of you know, Lynchburg is rooted with railroad history, and CSX has a yard and shops here today.  What does this have to do with Percival’s Island?

The James River

You are walking along the Riverwalk Trail where it parallels the CSX line.  You come to a bridge to cross onto the island, but you notice something.  You say to yourself, “This looks like an old railroad bridge.”

Ladies and gentlemen, it is an old railroad bridge.  The path that runs across the island follows and old railroad line.  At the east end of the island, you cross on an old truss bridge.

Now you have a reason to visit Percival’s Island for other reasons than exercise and to see natural beauty.  Just think of it as an island that has the nature of the railroad.

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