Friends of the Chessie Trail

The Friends of the Chessie Trail envision an accessible, well-maintained, safe, and continuous trail, connecting the communities of Lexington, Rockbridge, and Buena Vista, to each other, to their local history, to the natural world, and to trails beyond.

The trail supports the health of the community and the local economies through recreation and education, and it provides an alternative transportation pathway and ready public access to the Maury River.

It preserves the historic railroad route, is a landscape where native flora and fauna thrive, and is enjoyed by users with a wide range of interests and abilities.

A vibrant community of trail supporters works to maintain and improve the trail in a spirit of cooperation with trail users, neighboring landowners, local governments, and Virginia Military Institute in its role as trail owner.