10 Great Ways to Celebrate Great Outdoors Month

June is Great Outdoors Month and there's no better time to get outside in Lexington, Buena Vista, and Rockbridge County. In fact, we have 10 great ways to celebrate and experience this beautiful piece of the Shenandoah Valley.

1. Visit Natural Bridge State Park, the 37th and most recent addition to the Virginia State Parks collection and Rockbridge County's most iconic landmark.

Natural Bridge State Park

2. Hike the Chessie Trail, a seven-mile rail trail that parallels the Maury River and connects Lexington to Buena Vista. Or rent a bike from Shenandoah Rides & Rentals, located at the Lexington trail head on Old Buena Vista Road.


3. Climb House Mountain for the most impressive views of Rockbridge and beyond.

View from House Mountain

4. Kayak, paddleboard, or canoe the Maury River or Upper James River Water Trail.


5. Pedal along with the cyclists of the Trans Am Bike Race as they pass through Rockbridge County along the TransAmerica Bike Route, U.S. Route 76.

6. Explore the deepest caverns on the East Coast when you visit the Caverns at Natural Bridge.

Caverns at Natural Bridge

7. Treat the kids to a day of outdoor adventure and water play - for free! - at Boxerwood Nature Center and Woodland Gardens.

Boxerwood


8. Swim, fish, and otherwise enjoy Goshen Pass. Long a hot spot for kayakers when the water is high and sunbathers when the sun is hot, the Maury River-carved gorge has a picnic pavilion for all day play.

Goshen Pass

9. Try your hand at pulling in a trout along St. Mary's River in St. Mary's Wilderness Area. The area is great for hiking, too.

St. Mary's River

10. Beat the heat with a trek up to Panther Falls, a swimming hole off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Always travel with friends and use good judgement.

Panther Falls

For more outdoor inspiration, check out RockbridgeOutdoors.com.


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