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Rockbridge River and Ridge

Important Notices

COVID-19 & the VBWT: Be Safe While OutdoorsDGIF encourages you to be safe while outdoors. Before heading out, first check with individual sites on the Virginia Bird & Wildlife Trail to find out whether they are still open to the public. Information regarding closures is typically posted on a site's own website. Be advised that some sites, even if still open, may have certain public facilities closed during this time. If a site is still open, maintain CDC social distancing guidelines while enjoying the outdoors.


This loop takes you over the rivers and ridges of Rockbridge County. The Maury River, the main river in the area, was once an important shipping artery connecting Lexington and the surrounding mountains with Richmond and the coast. While the Maury no longer carries goods in trade to Richmond, the cool clear waters still run into the James River and Chesapeake Bay. Exploring the banks of the Maury River leads the visitor from the deep woods of Goshen Wildlife Management Area into the cities of Lexington and Buena Vista. Both cities host parks flanking the river with bountiful wildlife watching opportunities. The communities along the Maury River in Rockbridge County recognize the importance of the river and its vital role in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The eclectic Boxerwood Garden serves as a unique centerpiece to this loop, combining nature, art and education as a reminder of the beauty and fragility of the natural world.

Loop Map




Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce

Lexington-Rockbridge County Chamber of Commerce

Lexington-Rockbridge County Visitor Center