Percival’s Island, Lynchburg, Virginia

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad

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…

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