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s deep and rich as the
history we're long known
for, Lexington, Buena Vista
and Rockbridge County's outdoor
recreation is beginning to draw similar
levels of attention. Adventurers are
exploring, discovering and expanding
their horizons to reach great heights,
conquer massive boulders, reel in
memorable catches and navigate
scenic waters.
A gateway to the Blue Ridge
Parkway and the Appalachian
Trail, Buena Vista is also a gateway
to a host of outdoor recreational
opportunities. Once an industrial era
boom town, it is now a recognized
Appalachian Trail Community

welcoming hikers for rest and
refreshment.
Glen Maury Park is Buena Vista's
public park and campground, and
host to many musical events and
festivals each summer. From the
double-decker pavilion at the top of
the park, you can see most of the city
below and soak in the Blue Ridge
Mountains from a higher elevation.
Camping along the Maury River is
ideal for a cool breeze and easy access
to fishing and kayaking.
Adjacent to Glen Maury Park is
The Vista Links, a public 18-hole golf
course designed by Rick Jacobson.
Choose from five sets of tees for a
range of 4,941 to 6,925 yards of
action on the green or pound out
some adrenaline at the driving range.
Trails are right at hand in
Rockbridge County. The Chessie
Nature Trail connects Buena Vista
to Lexington and can be walked,
run, or biked. The seven-mile rail
trail is mostly level and parallels the
Maury River, offering wonderful
opportunities to see wildlife and
native wildflowers. Much of the trail
meanders through private property;
admire the cattle but stay on the path.
Shorter waterside walks include the
Buena Vista Riverwalk that provides

Maury River views and the Woods
Creek Trail through Lexington,

which follows Woods Creek through
downtown as it reaches the Maury
River. Our most iconic walk for water,
wildflowers, and history is Cedar
Creek Trail, the famed path that
passes below the Natural Bridge at
Natural Bridge State Park. Leading
past the Monacan Indian Living
History Exhibit, Cedar Creek Trail
ends at a beautiful cascade, Lace
Falls. You'll be happy it's not a loop
trail, as the backside of the Bridge is
just as impressive as the front.
Families enjoy the nature trails
through Boxerwood Nature Center
& Woodland Garden. Wander
through native plants and streams to
discover wildlife hiding in plain sight
or natural play areas for gathering
and pretending. Imaginations (and
children) run wild in this sanctuary.
Ambitious hikers looking for
impressive viewshed need look
no further than our two favorite
mountains-Big House and Little
House-most commonly collectively
called House Mountain, singular.
Adventurers begin their hike from
the same trailhead and then choose
a peak once they arrive in the
"saddle" between them. Steep but not
incredibly arduous, the trail leads to
the expansive westward views at the
top of Big House-worth the work
and a selfie. And that's not to detract
from the northeast Shenandoah Valley
views Little House offers. In fact, we
recommend you try both! Pitch a tent
in the saddle and take your time or
take on an ambitious day hike.
An Antietam Quartzite boulder
field on the side of a mountain is a
sight you probably didn't expect to
find in Rockbridge County, but that's
us: a land of unexpected delights.
Scrambling the van-sized boulders
of Devil's Marbleyard is one of the
coolest outdoor experiences we have
to offer. Approach the yard from

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