Chessie Nature Trail

Lexington, Virginia 24450

Chessie Nature Trail

Chessie Nature Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This genteel trail along the Maury River features spectacular limestone cliffs, riots of wildflowers, wineberries growing in profusion, and reminders of both its canaling and railroading past. Surface: Crushed cinders and dirt."

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11/15/2005 has been informed that this trail has suffered some major washouts and may be impassable in sections: The washed out bridge (old RR trestle) that we encountered was about 2 miles from the Buena Vista trailhead, near the intersection of routes 608 and 710 (visible from a closed section of the trail). The washed out bridge mentioned in the eTrail is near the Lexington trailhead. There is another washout about 1.5 miles from the BV trailhead where a small stream crosses. The washout (in an active cow pasture) is blocked by barbed wire fence on both sides. We found a shallow spot about 100 feet down laterally and jumped over. This trail is not wheelchair accessible on the Buena Vista end because of tall grass and logs across the path. We did not hike to the Lexington side, although we noticed when driving by that that end clearly gets more use and is probably in better shape.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Trail Type
Open year round
Best Times
Lexington Visitors Center
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Jul 2018