A Step into History: A Restored River Lock on The James River
Not far from Lynchburg, just past Big Island on 501 north, you can see the entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway. If you take a left on the Parkway very shortly you will see your first overlook trail of the James River to the right.
If you haven't been there I recommend that you give it a look. Past an information center, you will see a well kept picnic area with tables and grills, and signs posted for a short walk to the restored Battle Creek Boat Lock.
On your walk down to the Lock you will cross over the James River under a causeway built under a bridge. The view is fantastic. Soon you will be at the Battle Creek Lock and see how boats reached the mountains of Virginia. Click Pictures to enlarge.
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