Hiking is just one of the many recreational opportunities that can be explored at the Claytor Nature Center.
The trails reach a total of just under eight miles, and are home to a number of flora and fauna.
Dan Miles is the facilities manager, and he has been in charge of creating and maintaining the trails. “I have enjoyed this opportunity at the Claytor Center enormously. To me, it is an art form. I got my training with the local Appalachian Trail club and during my 17 years as a wilderness ranger and trail crew chief in the National Forests of Washington state.”
Located in Bedford, Va., the Claytor Nature Center remains a treasured component of the University of Lynchburg.
A. Boyd Claytor III donated the property and his farmhouse, Cloverlea, in 1998. He did so for the purpose of allowing students and the community to learn about and connect with nature. Today, the Claytor Nature Center takes up 491 acres, and is home to an array of opportunities and experiences.
Trish Cerulli, the Outreach Coordinator for the Claytor Nature Center, specified how the University of Lynchburg utilizes the property. She said, “As a part of the University, the Claytor Nature Center offers outreach and educational programming to the University and wider community, use of the land and facilities for academic and laboratory coursework and research purposes, and holds special programs for student recreation and campus organization events or retreats.”