The Blackwater Creek Athletic Area (BCAA) has a little bit of everything, including the only off-leash dog area in Lynchburg, a connection to the Creekside Trail - which leads to the Blackwater Creek Natural Area - restrooms, and a multi-purpose lighted field that accommodates football, softball, baseball or soccer.
The BCAA was developed as a part of the Blackwater Creek Natural Area. It is also home to the Creekside Trail, which extends downstream for 5 miles to Hollins Mill Park. A new project is currently underway to extend the trail upstream in the opposite direction another 1.5 miles to College Lake (on the Lynchburg College campus), where it will terminate for the time being at Neighborhood Entrance on Shirley Road.
Encompassing 288 acres of land, the Blackwater Creek Natural Area is the largest of the city parks. It has many miles of trails, several picnic sites, many scenic vistas, an off-leash dog park, and a multiuse athletic field. It is open year round from sunrise to sunset. Recent improvements to the park include a renovated multi-use athletic field with irrigation, athletic field lighting, and other upgrades.