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About Lexington, Natural Bridge, Buena Vista & Rockbridge Co. Area

To visit Lexington is to step into history. The entire city of Lexington is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and can easily be enjoyed on foot, car, or from a carriage ride.

Located only 15 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway, The Natural Bridge of Virginia welcomes visitors to share its inspiring beauty. At over 200 feet tall and 90 feet wide, Natural Bridge has often been listed as one of the seven Natural Wonders of the World, capturing the interest of all who have seen it. George Washington surveyed it, and Thomas Jefferson purchased it so that it could be preserved as a national treasure. Virginia Safari Park is a 180-acre, drive-through zoo where you see hundreds of free-roaming animals in a natural setting.

In Buena Vista, enjoy a hike along a stream lined with mountain laurel or a stroll on the Chessie Trail, an old railroad bed that was once the right-of-way for the C&O Railroad but was abandoned after a flood in 1969 destroyed most of the tracks. It is maintained today as a public nature trail. Today’s town is much like the original Boom-Era Buena Vista. The architecture of Southern Virginia University’s Main Hall (c. 1890) is a reflection of the city’s industrial heyday when the Hall was the fancy Buena Vista Hotel. With this large, beautiful building as the light on the hill, the rest of the picture is easily illuminated.

Special events maintain the lively atmosphere of the area throughout the year and none can compare to the music festivals at Glen Maury Park. There are bluegrass festivals in the summer and fall and an ever-popular beach music festival in July. Glen Maury Park is also host to the area’s only public golf course, The Vista Links. Every October, the lost arts of the Blue Ridge are active again at Celebrate Buena Vista’s Mountain Day Festival.

In Rockbridge County, a starry night sky and the ruins of a 19th century lime kiln and quarry create a magical setting for theater and concerts from April through October at Theater at Lime Kiln. This special outdoor theater is part of the Virginia Blue Ridge Music Trail and continues to entertain by making Appalachian history come alive.

Stories from Lexington, Natural Bridge, Buena Vista & Rockbridge County Area

March 16, 2022
The trees are budding, the sun is shining, rain is falling (plus a few snowflakes, too!), and spring ephemerals are starting to peek out on the forest floor. It is spring in the Blue Ridge Mountains! Some sections of the Parkway may still be closed due to winter weather at high elevations, but check out all these amazing spring activities that you can enjoy without needing to access the Parkway!
September 16, 2021
Virginia's creative and sometimes whimsical LOVEworks are a wonderful photo opportunity. Why not start a new tradition and make some family memories finding and photographing a few LOVE signs while enjoying the out of doors this year?
November 16, 2020
Even while staying at home we still seem to be busy. Maybe this season you'll want to slow down and make time to take a getaway with your significant other. Regardless of when you choose to enjoy a romantic getaway along the Blue Ridge Parkway, we have some options and ideas for you to consider.
September 9, 2020
Numerous waterfalls are located throughout the Shenandoah, Great Smoky Mountains and Blue Ridge Parkway regions. Some are visible from the road and some require a hike. This list notes the location and ease of access for each waterfall.

Recommended Itineraries

Region: Virginia
Duration:2 - 3 days
Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains is the divinely placed mountain town of Waynesboro, Virginia, connecting ridge top vistas with the most flavorful local brews and downtown destinations. Round up your friends - this group-friendly itinerary will leave you cheering for more. You'll find Waynesboro a perfect starting point for exploring both Skyline Drive and the northern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Region: Virginia
Duration:2 - 3 days
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