Braiding the Way for Outdoor Recreation in the Rockbridge Area

The National Park Service Northeast Region - Rivers Trails and Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA) awarded staff-based technical assistance to the Braiding the Way for Outdoor Recreation in the Rockbridge Area initiative.

The project goal is to develop an outdoor recreation plan and implementation strategy for the Rockbridge area that consolidates and incorporates past trail and blueways planning efforts and supports economic, stewardship, and community health and wellness goals. Members of the group include Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission staff, a National Park Service technical assistant advisor, economic development officials, US Forest Service personnel, public land manager, local government, health care advocate, and representatives from fine arts organizations, local colleges, Rockbridge Area Recreation Organization, local non-profits, private businesses and Lexington and Rockbridge Area Tourism.

The group will meet for the next 18-24 months. The process will include workshops and planning sessions and will solicit input from local, regional and state government, stakeholders, partner groups, and the community at large.

Braiding the Way Fact Sheet


Braiding the Way for Outdoor Recreation in the Rockbridge Area invites you to participate in an online survey. The survey will help us increase opportunities for outdoor recreation activities in our area. The survey will remain open for participation until July 31, 2017.

Please include your email address for an opportunity to win prizes!

  • Introduction to Fly Fishing, John Roberts Fishing Guide
  • Admission for two, Natural Bridge State Park
  • Southern Inn gift cards
  • Walkabout Outfitter gift cards
  • Twin River Outfitter gift cards
  • Free admission to Fridays in the Park series, Glen Maury Park

To participate, use the following link:


Do you love to walk, hike, bike, paddle or fish? We do too! Come learn how you can provide input and get involved with outdoor recreation projects in Lexington, Buena Vista and Rockbridge County.

The public is invited to learn more about Braiding the Way for Outdoor Recreation in the Rockbridge Area by attending a Community Forum.

  • Maps: Review inventoried outdoor recreation assets such as trails, parks, boat access points, campgrounds, and birding/wildlife sites.
  • Projects: Provide input about specific outdoor recreation projects that are important to you, your family and our community.
  • Get Involved! Learn how you can get involved by supporting outdoor activities in the Rockbridge area.

Dates and Locations

Wednesday, April 12 2017: Southern Virginia University, Library | 7-8pm
One University Hill Drive, Buena Vista, Va. 24416

Monday, March 27, 2017: 2 South Main – Community Meeting Room (Old Courthouse) | 7-8pm
2 S. Main St. Lexington, VA 24450

Monday, January 30, 2017: Natural Bridge Fire Department | 7-8pm
5705 Lee Hwy, Natural Bridge, VA 24578

Monday, January 23, 2017: Rockbridge Baths Fire Department | 7-8pm
5024 Maury River Rd, Rockbridge Baths, VA 24473

Monday, December 5, 2016: Fairfield Elementary School, Fairfield | 7-8pm
20 Fairfield School Road, Fairfield, VA 24435

Monday, November 28, 2016: BARC Electric (former Highland Belle Elementary), Kerrs Creek | 7-8pm
1972 Big Spring Dr., Lexington, VA 24450

Monday, November 21, 2016: Rockbridge County School Board Office, Effinger | 7-8pm
2893 Collierstown Road, Lexington, VA 24450

Is this the first time you have visited

As you explore the site, you will find new activities and outfitters, and learn about local "explorers" and outdoor recreation causes. Visit the SOAR - Supporting Outdoor Activities in Rockbridge Facebook page. Get Outside!