Chessie Nature Trail

EASY 28 reviews

Chessie Nature Trail is a 11.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lexington, Virginia that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
11.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
518 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bridge out

The Chessie Nature Trail is a public-access 7-mile long walking trail between Lexington and Buena Vista, along the former Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad right of way. The trail is most suitable for walking and running, as several fixed gates make the trail unsuitable for bicycles. The trail goes through private lands, including and active cattle farms. Exercise caution and respect. Dogs must be leashed at all times. Pack out all litter. The Rockbridge Area Conservation Council brought the trail to the attention of the Nature Conservancy and Virginia Commission on Outdoor Recreation, and in 1978 the Nature Conservancy accepted deed to the property. The deed was transferred to the VMI Foundation Inc. in 1979, and then to Virginia Military Institute in 2009.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Easy nice beautiful hike. Had dog on leash went 4 miles out and back. Some runnners cyclists but no conflicts. This is a wide well kept rail trail I would say. Runs along the river.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

road biking
4 months ago

Nice trail. Not very crowded. Cows were friendly.

walking
4 months ago

5 months ago

mountain biking
5 months ago

Fun family adventure with little ones.

mountain biking
5 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

7 months ago

Easy walking trail. Lots of spring wildflowers! Beautiful scenery. We walked through gated private property with cows, and the cows were laying on the trails. We just walked around them . They didn't bother us. The trail follows the water most of the time. Geese were fighting in the water over a female. That was interesting. Well maintained.

walking
7 months ago

Nice walking, running trail. Wide trail. Goes through some cow pastures so watch your step. Great starter trail or a just need to get out. Pet friendly.

walking
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

7 months ago

8 months ago

walking
Tuesday, August 02, 2016

I haven't done all of this trail yet and am only in this area for a week, so don't know if I'll get to hike it all, but I did do a 5 mile RT hike on it this evening and it's beautiful. Very well maintained. Mile markers every 1/2 mile. Beside the river. Rock walls next to the trail. A few other walkers and runners, but a nice respite from people and cars. Birds singing.

rails trails
Monday, July 04, 2016

hiking
Thursday, June 09, 2016

Thursday, September 10, 2015

great trail for pets...plenty of trails leads to the water to cool them down and even allow them to go for a swim.