Where Is Amherst County

1 Day Drive to all Major Metropolitan Areas on the East Coast
Hover over the state of VA to see a close-up of Amherst County.


  • Halfway between Maine and Florida
  • The U.S. Route 29 corridor in the eastern region of the county has become the focal point for most commercial, industrial and residential development. The county is part of the Lynchburg Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA).
  • 479 square miles and borders the Blue Ridge Parkway. The James River borders the county on the south and east with the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains forming the western boundary. The Piney River comprises much of the county’s northern boundary.
  • 57,000 acres of the George Washington National Forest are in Amherst County.
  • I-81 (North-South): 38 Miles
  • I-64 (East-West): 38 Miles
  • Charlottesville: 40 Miles
  • Richmond: 105 Miles
  • Washington DC: 175 Miles
  • New York City: 390 Miles
  • Charlotte: 200 Miles
  • Atlanta: 450 Miles
  • Port of Richmond: 114 Miles
  • Port of Virginia (Inland Port Front Royal): 152 Miles
  • Port of Virginia (Norfolk International Terminals): 219 Miles
  • Lynchburg Regional: 15 Miles
  • Charlottesville: 50 Miles
  • Washington Dulles International: 165 Miles

Stories Of Success

  • Black Box Network Services
    Jim Meade / Retired Vice-President
    Amherst was incredibly receptive and supportive of our relocation. We have a Network Operations Center that remotely monitors voice and data networks for our customers globally, and having guaranteed and reliable power and internet access is a must, for our customers success, as well as our own. Not only did we have access to stable and…
  • S & S Machine, T.R.U. Ball
    Ben Summers / Director of Operations
    Amherst County has given our company several advantages over the years, including a great selection of skilled employees, a centralized location in the United States, and the freedom and space to grow. Over the past 30 years, S&S Machine, Inc. has grown from a small two-man machine shop to an archery manufacturing business with 100…
  • Old Dominion Footwear
    Malcolm Sydnor / President
    We love doing business in Amherst County. The location is great, with quick access to US 460, US 29, and then to US 64. Old Dominion Footwear designs, manufactures, markets and distributes footwear throughout the United States, Canada and around the world. It’s easy to get our goods from the Norfolk port and distribute them…