Lexington VA Outdoor Adventure and Recreation

Goshen Pass near Lexington, VA

Goshen Pass in Rockbridge County, Virginia

Do you like swimming, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, tubing, stand up paddleboarding, cycling, golfing, hiking, camping, bird watching, geocaching, or horseback riding? (Whew!) If yes, then you’ll enjoy discovering these and other outdoor adventure and recreation options in and around Lexington VA.

Alleghany Highlands Blueway   Water trail featuring Lake Moomaw, Douthat Lake, the Cowpasture River, and the Jackson River.

Appalachian Trail

Blue Ridge Parkway (NPS site)  /  Blue Ridge Parkway Association

Boxerwood Nature Center & Woodland Garden

Chessie Nature Trail

Douthat State Park

Gems of Rockbridge Geocaching Trail  

Goshen Pass / Upper Maury River  The Maury River flows the entire length of Rockbridge County, VA, from Goshen to Glasgow.  Goshen Pass, between Goshen and Rockbridge Baths, is located approximately 16 miles northwest of Lexington, and can be reached by VA Route 39, a Scenic Byway that parallels the river.  The Pass was formed over millions of years by the river’s tenacious power. A deep gorge and thick forests give the area a dramatic and rugged beauty. You really have to see it for yourself! You’ll find a stunning overlook, a swinging bridge, hiking trails, rare plants, and a family-friendly picnic area. Goshen Pass is also home to some of Virginia’s most impressive whitewater including two Class IV rapids, Corner Rapid and Devil’s Kitchen. This first stretch of whitewater can be a wild ride and is only suitable for highly experienced paddlers.

House Mountain near Lexington, Virginia

The two peaks of House Mountain, with the Saddle, a former orchard, between.

House Mountain  The silhouette of House Mountain is one of the most recognizable landmarks near Lexington, VA. House Mountain is actually comprised of two peaks, Big House and Little House. The 2-mile trail up to the Saddle (an old orchard) is relatively moderate, and the round trip (4 miles) takes about 2.5 hours. For an all-day challenge (8 miles round trip), follow the steep trails that split off from the Saddle to ascend the two peaks.

Jackson River Scenic Trail

Natural Bridge State Park

The Upper James River Water Trail

Virginia’s Western Highlands Outdoor Adventure Ideas

Virginia’s Western Highlands Trails

Vista Links Golf Course, Buena Vista