Managed by the city of Buena Vista, Glen Maury Park is seven miles west of the Blue Ridge Parkway and 15 miles from Natural Bridge State Park. Music festivals are a highlight from spring through fall. Top-notch wineries, breweries, and restaurants are a short drive from the park. Lexington is seven miles west.
Hiking/Biking Trails/River Walk
Gems of Rockbridge Geocache
Olympic Sized Pool
Once called “the North Fork of the James,” the most popular and prominent waterway in Rockbridge County is the Maury River, the carver of Goshen Pass, a water sports highway, and a thriving habitat. The ease of access to the Maury River makes it the most kid-friendly fishing opportunity in Rockbridge County.
The Maury River runs from its headwaters above Goshen Pass through Lexington and Buena Vista, and down to the confluence with the James River in Glasgow. Glen Maury Park offers shoreline and wading access to productive waters below the dam in Buena Vista, plus a boat ramp for canoes and small craft.
The warmer waters in this section offer more opportunities for largemouth bass as well as trophy size smallmouth bass, along with high abundance of panfish, carp, and fallfish. Musky are occasionally caught in this section as well, as holdovers from past stocking or migrants from the downstream James River population. The Maury River is stocked 9 times October - May.
- A state fishing license is required and can be secured at the Buena Vista Clerk of Court (2039 Sycamore Ave).
- Live bait is sold at Sheltman’s Gas & Grocery on 29th St.
A wooden kiosk at the park entrance features a map and the 13 trails. The trials can be accessed from many locations within the park and vary in distance and difficultly.
For a pretty walk along the river, try the Floodline and Riverside Trails. The Hillside and Pic Nic Trails are quiet and immersive walks in the woods, with occasional views of the river. Deer sightings are likely!
For more hiking and biking, cross the Maury River on the Veterans Memorial Bridge beside the park to access the three-mile River Walk, which unfurls along the top of the flood wall. From the northern end of the River Walk you can walk or bike just under a mile to connect to the multi-use Chessie Trail, which follows the river seven miles to Lexington.
Download Glen Maury Park Trail Map
Glen Maury Park offers sites that range from primitive to full water, sewer, and electric hookups. Between the Lower Campground and the Upper Campgrounds, there are 100 tent sites and 42 full hook-up sites. All sites are first come, first serve—online reservations are currently unavailable.
Check camping RATES, or call 540-261-7321.
RVers with big rigs, this is your happy place. The vast Lower Campground sprawls across a grassy field just beyond the park entrance. RVs and trailers line-up on a small rise overlooking the river. It’s a friendly scene, and during festival weekends folks gather for chats – often circling up their chairs for impromptu mountain-music jams. This is the campground for socializing and larger RVs.
- Tent campers pitch their tents below the rise, nestled along the Maury River.
- A covered pavilion, bathrooms, and showers are nearby.
- Two easy trails – the riverside Floodline Trail and the hillside Paxton Trail – connect with the Lower Campground.
The Upper Campground is tucked in the woods atop a hill, with defined sites offering privacy and enjoying natural shade from the surrounding trees. This campground and its tight turns are best for small RVs.
- Nearby trails twist through the trees and drop to the river.
- The Olympic-sized pool, open in the summer, is also nearby.
Appalachian Trail Thru-hikers
Buena Vista is an Appalachian Trail Community, meaning the city provides a friendly welcome and a slew of services to hikers walking the 2,190-mile trail. Thru-hikers can pitch their tents here for only $5 per night.
There's a tent area for AT campers by the river. If it’s raining, thru-hikers are welcome to sleep under the pavilion by the office. Park WiFi is strong here too. If it’s not busy, staff will let hikers use the showers for free, even if they’re not planning to camp.
- The Holy Cow ice cream shop beside the park office hands out a free ice cream cone to thru-hikers.
- There’s a convenience store three blocks away as well as a couple of BBQ joints.
Glen Maury Park Pool is an Olympic sized facility with covered picnic area, tables, and benches.
- Walk-in stairs with railings, handicap-accessible chair, progressive depth from 4ft to 12ft in the diving area, floatation devices are permitted.
- Wading pool with a water-spewing mushroom feature.
- Concessions and outside food/drink permitted (excluding alcoholic beverages)
- Non-smoking facility!
Monday-Saturday: 11am- 6pm
Ages 13+: $4
Ages 4-12: $3
Ages 3 and Under: Free
A nine-basket disc golf course loops around the Double Decker Pavilion near the upper fringes of the park. A multi-phase work-in-progress, the course is waiting for its tee-pads, but if you’re game for “wild” disc golf, it’s easy to follow the route. Installed by the Outing Club at Washington & Lee University, the course meanders along a grassy hillside before entering the woods at the top of the hill. Views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Buena Vista are impressive.
Glen Maury Park is a stop on the Rockbridge River and Ridge Loop on the Virginia Bird & Wildlife Trail, which includes several bird-watching destinations in and around Lexington and Buena Vista. The park is home to a thick grove of hardwoods close to the river while white pines appear at higher elevations. Green and great blue herons might be spotted along the river as well as Canada geese and belted kingfishers. Look for woodland birds like the pileated woodpecker on the upper hillsides.
From the Lexington
Visitor Center, drive east on Washington Street to a left at the stoplight onto
East Nelson Street / E. Midland Trail (US-60). Continue six miles into the City
of Buena Vista. At the Hardee’s, turn right onto Beech Ave. (US-501). Continue through town and turn right onto 10
th Street, pass over train tracks, turn right
into Glen Maury Park and check in at the park office.
A state fishing license is required and may be secured in Buena Vista at the Clerk of Court at City Hall located at 2039 Sycamore Avenue.
- Glen Maury Park contains 315 acres of scenic woodland with camping, an Olympic-sized pool, lots of recreational activities, and each summer hosts the renwoned Maury River Fiddlers' Convention in June.
- Camping and picnic areas are available Glen Maury Park. Source your lunch locally at JJ’s Meat Shak, selling pizzas and gourmet ice cream sandwiches.
- Sheltman's Gas & Grocery on 29th Street sells live bait.
- Try your hand at geocaching! The Gems of Rockbridge Geocaching Trail includes the Glen by the Maury cache, hidden at the park. With the arrival of railroads and the discovery of iron ore, the city of Buena Vista was established in 1892.