Tourism in the Town of Amherst


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Coolwell Park & Community Center
646 N. Coolwell Road
Amherst, VA 24521
This park has a picnic area with grills, a play area for children, restrooms, lighted all-purpose fields (soccer, football, and softball), outdoor basketball courts, a nature trail, an outdoor amphitheatre and a remote control raceway!

Mill Creek Lake
238 Mill Creek Lake Road
Amherst, VA 24521

This park, considered by many residents to be the most scenic, rests on a 190 acre watershed lake that is open for fishing only (no gasoline powered boats allowed). It consists of a boat ramp, picnic tables and grills, play area for children, and restroom facilities.

Monacan Park
1159 Monacan Park Road
Madison Heights, VA 24572

Located on the scenic and historic James River, this park offers a boat ramp and small dock for boat access to the river, a covered picnic pavilion and picnic area, a play area for children, and restroom facilities.

Stonehouse Lake Park
294 Stonehouse Lake Road
Amherst, VA 24521

This park rests on a beautiful 41 acre watershed lake and is open for fishing only. There is a boat ramp providing access into the lake (no gasoline powered boats allowed). A covered picnic pavilion, picnic tables and grills, a play area for children, and restroom facilities makes this park an attractive setting for family/group picnics and activities.

Thrashers Lake Park
223 Thrashers Lake Road
Amherst, VA 24521

Located in the Temperance area of the county, this park rests on an attractive 36 acre watershed lake open for fishing only. It consists of a boat ramp (no gasoline powered boats allowed), picnic tables and grills, a play area for children, and restroom facilities.

For more information, call 946-9371.



Food and Drink

Baine’s Books & Coffee 194 Second Street 434-209-2120
Briar Patch 883 S. Main Street 946-2249
Domino’s Pizza 96 Ambriar Plaza 946-9004
El Marachi 184 Ambriar Plaza 946-9004
Food Lion 200 Richmond Highway 946-7464
Hardee’s 114 Ambriar Plaza 946-9615
Lazy Day Winery 1351 N Amherst Hwy 434-381-6088
Loose Shoe Brewery 198 Ambriar Plaza 946-2337
McDonalds 135 Richmond Highway 946-9009
Number One Wok 200 Richmond Highway 946-2828
Quik-E-Foods 100 N. Main Street 946-0640
Stone House Cafe 200 Richmond Highway 381-2362
Subway 200 Richmond Highway 945-2329
Travelers 202 S. Main Street 945-9792
The Filling Station 102 Lexington Turnpike (434) 381-2051
Vito’s Pizza, Bar & Grill 188 Richmond Highway 381-6030
What A Blessing Bakery 195 Ambriar Plaza 946-0330


Camp Trapezium in Amherst 140 Union Hill Road (434) 381-2635
Edgewood Bed & Breakfast 138 Garland Avenue 946-2687
Amherst Inn 166 Richmond Highway 946-7641

Shopping and Specialty

Cindy’s Closet Consignment 120 2nd Street 434-426-9101</span
Episcopal Thrift Shop 194 S. Main Street 946-2321
Hill House Interiors 163 S. Main Street 946-7314
Lou’s Antique Mall 105 Second Street 946-9111
The Vintage Shoppes of Amherst 229 S. Main Street 946-5800
Ware House Antiques 195 S. Main Street 942-1426


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