The Retreat

Directions

Take US 460 or US 221 (avoid business routes) to Rt. 811 (Thomas Jefferson Road). Turn onto Rt. 661 (Bateman Bridge Road) to main entrance. Campers and buses enter via Foxhall Drive (service entrance).

Directions to Main Entrance

GPS use 1542 Bateman Bridge Road, Forest, VA 24551
PLEASE NOTE: This address is invalid for the U.S. Postal Service

From Downtown Lynchburg (Visitors Center) (Route 29 Business South)

From 12th Street, take a right on Main Street. Turn right to merge onto the Lynchburg Expressway 29-Business South. Route 29 Business South will turn into Route 501 North. Continue onto Route 501 North. Take Exit 11 for Graves Mill Road. Turn left onto Graves Mill Road. Turn left onto Forest Road. Go approximately 2.7 miles and turn left onto Thomas Jefferson Road/Route 811. Proceed for 1 mile and turn left onto Bateman Bridge Road/Route 661. Go 1 mile and look for the Poplar Forest entrance on the right.

From D.C. and Charlottesville (Route 29 South to Route 460 West)

Take Route 29 South toward Lynchburg. After passing the intersection of Routes 29 and 60 at Amherst, continue straight on Route 29 South (sign will say toward Lynchburg/Danville). At this point you will be on the newly opened bypass around Lynchburg. Continue on Route 29 South approximately 11 miles. After you cross the James River, exit onto Route 460 West toward Lynchburg / Roanoke. Remain on Route 460 West for approximately 14 miles, to a stoplight at the intersection with Route 811. (You will be passing all the Lynchburg exits as you drive this stretch of Route 460. Shortly before reaching the Route 811 intersection you will pass the New London Academy, on your right. Turn right onto Route 811 (Thomas Jefferson Road) and continue approximately 4.2 miles to the juncture with Route 661. Turn right onto Route 661 (Bateman Bridge Road). Go 1 mile on Route 661 until you reach the entrance to Poplar Forest on your right. Turn right into the entrance and follow the drive approximately 1 mile.

From Richmond (I-64 West to Route 29 South to Route 460 West)

Take Interstate 64 west to Route 29. Then follow directions described above.

From Roanoke (Route 460 East)

Take Route 460 east for approximately 40 miles. At Route 811 turn left at light and proceed for 4.4 miles. At Route 661 turn right and proceed for one mile. Look for Poplar Forest entrance on the right.

From Appomattox (Route 460 West)

Take Route 460 west for approximately 30 miles. At Route 811 turn right at light and proceed for 4.4 miles. At Route 661 turn right and proceed for one mile. Look for Poplar Forest entrance on the right.

From Lexington: (Route 501 South)

Take Route 501 South over the mountains. Near Lynchburg, bear right to follow Route 501 South/Lynchburg Expressway for 3 miles. At light, bear right to continue on Route 501 South. At intersection with Route 221, turn right on to Route 221 South. Stay on Route 221 South for 4.5 miles. Turn left at light onto Route 811. Proceed for 1 mile and turn left on to Route 661. Go 1 mile and look for the Poplar Forest entrance on the right.

From Danville: (Route 29 North)

From Route 29 North take Route 460 West toward Roanoke. Proceed on Route 460 West approximately 7 miles to Route 811. At Route 811 turn right at light and proceed for 4.4 miles. At Route 661 turn right and proceed for one mile. Look for Poplar Forest entrance on the right.

Public Transportation

There is no public transportation to Poplar Forest. Amtrak runs daily to Lynchburg, approximately 15 minutes from Poplar Forest.

Parking

General visitor parking and handicapped parking (handicapped license plate or tag required) is available adjacent to the Museum Shop. Visitors are advised to lock their vehicles—Poplar Forest is not responsible for any loss or damage incurred in the parking area. Permission is required for overnight parking.


Directions to Service Entrance

Due to weight and size restrictions on the main entrance drive, buses and large RVs are asked to use the service entrance onto the property. Directions to the service entrance are given below.
GPS use 687 Poplar Forest Drive, Forest, VA 24551
PLEASE NOTE: This address is invalid for the U.S. Postal Service.

From Downtown Lynchburg

From 12th Street, take a right on Main Street. Turn right to merge onto the Lynchburg Expressway 29-Business South. 29 Business South will turn into 501 North. Continue on 501 North. Take Exit 11 for Graves Mill Road. Turn left onto Graves Mill Road. Turn left onto Forest Road. Go approximately 2.7 miles and turn left onto Thomas Jefferson Road/Route 811. Proceed for 1 mile and turn left onto Bateman Bridge Road/Route 661. Take first right onto Cameron Drive. Follow Cameron to Ramblewood Road and turn right. Take the 5th left entrance onto Foxhall Drive. Proceed .4 miles to the Poplar Forest Service Entrance. Proceed up the gravel drive to the parking lot on the left.

From D.C. and Charlottesville

Take Route 29 South toward Lynchburg. After passing the intersection of 29 and 60 at Amherst, continue straight on 29 South (sign will say toward Lynchburg/Danville). At this point you will be on the newly opened bypass around Lynchburg. Continue on 29 South approximately 11 miles. After you cross the James River, exit onto 460 West toward Lynchburg / Roanoke. Remain on 460 West for approximately 14 miles, to a stoplight at the intersection with Route 811. (You will be passing all the Lynchburg exits as you drive this stretch of 460. Shortly before reaching the 811 intersection you will pass the New London Academy, on your right. Turn right onto 811 (Thomas Jefferson Road). After +/- 3.7 miles turn right onto Rt. 622 (Waterlick Road) and proceed .7 miles to Bannister Road on your left. Turn left onto Bannister and proceed to the stop sign. Turn right onto Ramblewood Road. Proceed to the 2nd left at Foxhall Drive. Turn left onto Foxhall Drive and proceed approximately .4 miles. The “Poplar Forest Service Entrance” will be on the left. Follow the gravel driveway to the parking area.

From Roanoke

Take Route 460 east for approximately 40 miles. At Route 811 (Thomas Jefferson Road) turn left at light and proceed for 3.8 miles to Route 622 (Waterlick Road). Turn right onto Waterlick Rd. and proceed .7 miles to Bannister Rd. on your left. Turn left onto Bannister and proceed to the stop sign. Turn right onto Ramblewood Road. Proceed to the 2nd left, which is Foxhall Drive. Turn left onto Foxhall Drive and proceed approximately .4 mile. The “Poplar Forest Service Entrance” will be on the left. Follow the gravel driveway to the parking area.

From Appomattox

Driving west on US Route 460 from Richmond and Appomatox continue on Rte. 460 West and follow signs for “Roanoke West 460/North 501.” As you approach Lynchburg on 460W, you will pass Liberty University. Continue to exit “Rte. 678, Airport Road to Greenview Drive.” As you exit stay to the right and continue to the traffic light at Greenview Drive and Leesville Road. Continue through the traffic light remaining on Greenview Drive to the light at Timberlake Road. Turn left on Timberlake Road (Business 460) and continue for 1.2 miles to the 5th traffic light at Waterlick Road (Route 622). Turn right on Waterlick Road and continue 1.5 miles to Bannister Place (passing Locksley Place, Londonberry Road, Kirkley Place and Whitney Place). Follow Bannister to the stop sign and turn right onto Ramblewood Road. Continue on Ramblewood to the second street and turn left onto Foxhall Drive. Continue for approximately .4 miles to the “Poplar Forest Service Entrance” on the left. Follow the gravel driveway to the parking area.

From Lexington

Take Route 501 South over the mountains. Near Lynchburg, bear right to follow 501 South/Lynchburg Expressway for 3 miles. At light, bear right to continue on 501 South. Follow US 501 and yield right on Old Forest Road to the first traffic light. Turn right at traffic light onto Rte 221 (Lakeside Drive – become Forest Road as you enter Bedford County) and follow for 4.5 miles to Rte 811 (Thomas Jefferson Road). Turn left onto Rt. 811 and proceed one mile to Route 661. Turn left onto Rt. 661 and then take first right onto Cameron Drive. Follow Cameron to Ramblewood Road and turn right. Take the 5th left entrance onto Foxhall Drive. Proceed .4 miles to the Poplar Forest Service Entrance. Proceed up the gravel drive to the parking lot on the left.

Driving north on US Route 29 from Danville

Driving north on Rte. 29 from Danville, continue on Rte. 29N (Wards Road) ½ mile past the Lynchburg Airport to US Route 460 West (Roanoke). Turn right onto Rte. 460W and continue to the next exit “Rte. 678 – Airport Road to Greenview Drive”. As you exit, stay to the right and continue to the traffic light at Greenview Drive and Leesville Road. Continue through the traffic light remaining on Greenview Drive to the traffic light at Timberlake Road. Turn left on Timberlake Road (460 Business) and continue for approximately 1.2 miles to the 5th traffic light at Waterlick Road (Rte. 622). Turn right onto Waterlick Road and continue for approximately 1.5 miles to Bannister Place (passing Locksley Place, Londonberry Road, Kirkley Place and Whitney Place). Follow Bannister to the stop sign and turn right onto Ramblewood Road. Continue on Ramblewood to the second street and turn left onto Foxhall Drive. Continue for approximately .4 miles to the “Poplar Forest Service Entrance” on the left. Follow the gravel driveway to the parking area.