Chessie Nature Trail

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The Chessie Nature Trail travels through breathtaking rural Virginia countryside, following mile markers left behind by the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad that ran this route. Dont be surprised if you find yourself sharing the trail with a wide array of birds and small mammals. There are some large mammals, too. Expect to see a few cattle grazing in the meadows that border the trail. (You may also pass cattle gates, which can be tricky to get around sometimes, but they do not indicate that the trail is closed.)

The trail begins along State Route 631 in Lexington and follows the northern bank of the Maury River for the first 3.7 miles, while alternating between lush forested areas and farmland. There is a break in the trail at the river, where the former railroad bridge has been removed. To navigate around this, follow Stuartsburg Road (located right next to the trail) south for 0.5 mile before taking a right onto Old Shepard Road and reconnecting to the trail.

The final 2.5 miles meet back up with the river for the remainder of the trail. While the trail passes some farmland, the final mile hugs a steep cliff along the side of the river on your right. It is quite an impressive finale to this very pleasant walking trail.

Parking and Trail Access

To access the Lexington trailhead from the intersection of US 11 and Interstate 64 in Lexington, take US 11 south and make a left onto State Route 631. The trailhead is approximately 1 mile ahead on the right.

To access the Buena Vista trailhead from US 60 and Interstate 81 in Lexington, take US 60 east and make a left on SR 608 before Buena Vista. Follow SR 608 for approximately 0.75 mile and look for the trailhead on the left.


Too bad people spoil it for others

   November, 2016 by debprice47

The trail is beautiful! Great surface, views and access BUT in walking the first 2.5 miles from the Lexington end five times - once daily - before and after the Thanksgiving weekend my dog - leashed and kept at my side was aggressively approached,snapped more

Trail is in great condition

   October, 2016 by brian.vandegrift.58

After heavy rain passed through the area a few weeks ago, I was afraid that the trail might me a mess but it was in great shape. Biked from downtown Lexington to the trailhead then out toward BV. Nice fall foliage was a bonus. read more

Beautiful Trail along Maury River

   May, 2016 by sausakennedy

We enjoyed this trail on a sunny and warm Spring day. Comfortable 14-mile ride round trip from Lexington to Buena Vista with many views of the river. Parking a bit limited but available. Thanks to the Friends of the Chessie Nature Trail for the new gates, more