Chessie Trail

The Chessie Nature Trail is a seven-mile, year-round public access walking trail between Lexington and Buena Vista, located along the former Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad right of way. The trail has a relatively flat grade with a gravel and dirt surface. There are currently no consistent mile markers or facilities on the trail, so plan a visit accordingly. Ticks are also fairly common in this area during warmer months; be sure to wear appropriate clothing and check thoroughly for ticks after returning from the trail.

Visit our trail listing at, where you can download their smartphone app to rate the trail, log your trip with GPS, and upload photos for other visitors to see! Hikers may also want to bring along a copy of the Field Guide to the Chessie Nature Trail (published in 2009 by the Rockbridge Area Conservation Council) to learn more about the history and environment in the area of the trail.  

River view from along the Chessie Nature Trail

The Area

Maury River and Surroundings

Hikers on the Chessie Nature Trail

Walking the Trail

Guidelines, access points, etc

Old stone wall beside river, view from along the Chessie Nature Trail


How it came to be

Trail marker along the Chessie Nature Trail

Trail Log

Points along the trail

Wildflower seen along the Chessie Nature Trail

Plants and Wildlife

What you may encounter

Hay field with truck, beside the Chessie Nature Trail


Thanks and more information