Trails Less Traveled

The benefits of fresh air and sun are well documented, and a bit of exercise adds an additional boost. Not only is an outdoors break a health advantage for our bodies, but for our minds as well.

During this COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage you to get outside but do so responsibly. Please don't overcrowd trails. Use good judgement when approaching trailheads. If there are several cars, perhaps try another trail or plan for another day. The etiquette of cleaning up after yourself (pack in/pack out) applies now more than ever. If trash cans are full, take your trash with you for proper disposal elsewhere. It's everyone's job to be a good citizen.

Reservoir Hollow Trail | Buena Vista

This trail is 3.4 miles point-to-point and accessed from either Route 60 or Pine Avenue. A key feature of this trail is the stream on the downtown side.

  • Intermediate Trail
  • Leashed Dogs Welcome
  • Map

Uncas Trail | Lexington

A hidden gem inside Lexington city limits is the Uncas Trail within the Lexington Barrens and Bluffs conservation site. Access it from Shop Road behind the Lexington Public Works Department; a sign points the way.

  • Steep trail; undetermined difficulty level
  • Home to a rare plant, Three-Flower Melic Grass (Melica nitens), a bunch grass
  • Bluff-view of the Maury River
  • Access to the Maury River (wave to walkers on the Chessie Trail across the way)

Rockbridge Together Outdoor Challenge

The Rockbridge Area Outdoor Partnership is hosting a weekly outdoor activity challenge. Head to SOAR (Supporting Outdoor Activities in Rockbridge) Facebook page to post a photo of yourself or your family engaging responsibly in an outdoor activity in Rockbridge County. Be sure to note where you are and something about the experience. Participation will enter you into a weekly drawing which gives you a chance to win tickets to the Natural Bridge State Park, the Lexington-Rockbridge Chamber of Commerce Beer & Wine Festival or the Freedom Food Festival; gift certificates to local shops; and more!

Keep in mind that you should still take steps to protect your health and the health of those around you by following guidelines provided by the Virginia Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds at a time.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • If you’re sick with any ailment, stay home. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • When in public, maintain a social distance of at least six feet.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw it away. If you don’t have a tissue, use your elbow.
  • Clean surfaces you touch regularly.

Don’t let the stress and anxiety of today’s world hold you back - Get outside! #SOAR #RockbridgeOutdoors

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