We are both originally from the area up there and still have family in Lynchburg and Monroe, (makes it very convenient accommodations for our frequent trips to Oak Ridge!), so we are very familiar with the area. There are several motels in Madison Heights, which is between Lynchburg and Amherst, (and all on Business 29), and about 30 minutes or so from Oak Ridge. Don't know much about these places these days, so can't make a recommendation, but they might be worth checking out. The one farthest north is Knight's Inn, (434) 929-6506. That place used to be a Holiday Inn many years and owners ago, and has on on-site restaurant. The next one headed south is Thomas Motor Lodge, (434) 845-2121. The one closet to Lynchburg and just over the river in Amherst County is America's Best Value Inns and Suites, (434) 845-7041. This one used to be a Ho Jo's but I'm pretty sure the adjacent restaurant is closed now. Hope this helps.