Conservation is one of the three pillars of parks and recreation, and considering the current lack of reverence for our environment, we believe it’s the role of parks and recreation departments across the country to incite a grassroots effort to preserve the natural environment and speak for the trees. The Blackwater Creek Natural Area, the James River, and our incredible parks and trails have always made Lynchburg a haven for both passive nature lovers and active outdoorsmen. Now, we encourage the Lynchburg community to become enthusiastic tree huggers and conservationists through our “Please Do Hug the Trees” campaign.

As our big kick-off event for the campaign, on Saturday, April 29, 2017, we’re inviting the Lynchburg community to Peaks View Park to break the world record for the world’s Largest Tree Hug. To shatter the current world record, we’ll need at least 1,500 people to join us as we hug the trees! As you might suspect, this event must also be highly coordinated to meet all of the requirements of breaking the record, which means that we will need help from all of you tree huggers and volunteers in this process.

The attempt for the World’s Largest Tree Hug record is a literal interpretation of our “Please Do Hug the Trees” campaign efforts, and will allow us to share our love for nature (and for the trees) with the community in a fun, engaging way. Let’s show the world what a real tree-hugging community looks like!

Attempting a Guinness World Record for the Largest Tree Hug

Who can participate?

Anyone ages 5+ can participate in our Guinness World Record attempt. Those under 5+ may attend, but do not need to register for participation. To register, visit the link at the top of this page, or drop by the day of!

Where will it take place?

Ther Guinness World Record attempt will take place at Peaks View Park in Lynchburg, Virginia. The event entrance will be located at the park’s Ardmore entrance, with parking at the Ivy Creek and Tenbury Drive lots.

When will it take place?

The Guinness World Record attempt will take place on Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 3:00pm – 8:00pm. To see a full schedule for this event, continue scrolling down the home page.

Make History With Us

Why pre-register? It helps us estimate our participant count for the event! Pre-register to Participate in the World's Largest Tree Hug!

Campus Tree Hugger Challenge

The Challenge

Lynchburg Parks and Recreation is challenging our area students to a tree-hugging face off! We’re pitting our K-12 Lynchburg City Schools and our area colleges against each other to register and bring the largest amount of tree huggers to our event on Saturday, April 29, 2017.

The Glory

What will the winning schools receive? We’ve got three prizes to give away to the winning K-12 schools and one top prize for our winning college with the largest number of participating tree huggers at our event! Pre-registration will help us keep count of the standings before the event, so make sure to register!

Getting to Peaks View Park

Event Entrance and On-site Parking  | 1200 Ardmore Drive

On-site Parking | 170 Ivy Creek Lane

On-site Parking | 1400 Tenbury Drive

Templeton Senior Center | 225 Wiggington Rd

Walmart | 3227 Old Forest Rd

Heritage Baptist Church |219 Breezewood Dr

Old Route 221 Car Dealership | TBA

Ardmore Drive Entrance

Ivy Creek Lane Entrance

Tenbury Drive Entrance

Templeton Senior Center

Heritage Baptist Church


Schedule of Events

Saturday, April 29, 2017

3:00pm – 4:30pm

4:30pm – 5:00pm

5:00pm – 5:30pm

5:30pm – 5:35pm

5:35pm – 8:00pm

8:00pm – 9:45pm

9:45pm – 9:00am

Arrival and Participant Check-in

Event Kick Off Ceremony

Travel to Pre-Assigned Tree-Hugging Zones

Official Attempt for the World’s Largest Tree Hug Record!

After-Party and Celebration

Free Movie in the Park | The Lorax

Free Event Camp Out at Peaks View Park

What’s Going on at the Event?


Submit your photos with using our #PleaseDoHugTheTrees hashtag on Facebook or Instagram for your chance to be featured!