Things to do in and near Rockbridge

Places to spend a few hours (please let us know about dead hyperlinks!):

Boxer Woods nature center and woodland garden (music on Friday evenings).  Trails.

Natural Bridge State Park

Natural Bridge Caverns

Natural Bridge Zoo

Dinosaur Kingdom II

Virginia Safari Park near Natural Bridge (29 Safari Ln, Natural Bridge, VA 24578, open 9-5)

Gems of Rockbridge Geocaching Trail

Glen Maury Park

Hull’s Drive-In theatre

Lexington Carriage Company

Righteous and Rascals Walking Tour, Lex.

Ghost Tour, Lexington

Coursey Springs State Fish Hatchery, Millboro. Tours 8am-3pm

Middlebrook Mercantile (food, music, general store) on in Middlebrook on 252

Massanutten “Lazy River” indoor water park.:

Raptor Hill Falconry 1810 Panorama View Dr, Stanley, VA

Factory Antique Mall & other antique shops: Verona, VA

Duke’s antiques 30 Pinnacle Lane

Walton’s Mountain museum near Schuyler, VA

Barter Theater, Abingdon, VA

Green Bank Observatory (radio telescopes) in WV

Natural Chimneys Park in Augusta Co:

Cass scenic railroad in WV (steam engines):

Scenic train ride, Staunton:

Virginia Horse Center shows: horse and dog events, concerts, etc.

Humpback Bridge Wayside Park in Covington, VA (west of Lexington)

Falling Springs, on Hwy 220, 7.5 miles north of Covington — best in spring when flow is higher, but good anytime

Biplane rides, Wright Experience and Flying Circus: Warrenton/Fauquier airport: Brown Aviation

Historical interest:

Historic places in Rockbridge county:

Brownsburg historical museum Saturdays 10-4 and Sundays 1-4pm

Cyrus McCormick Farm and Workshop, Steele’s Tavern:

VMI museum (has a great weapons exhibit)

Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton (near Western State Hospital)

Rockbridge Alum Springs Historic District, on Spring House Road off 633

Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home

Bedford Museum near Roanoke (historical, emphasis on genealogical and war history, particularly WW II)

New Market battlefield

Michie Tavern (1784 pub), 10 minutes from Monticello at 683 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Greenbrier Resort, White Sulfur Sprs. WV (includes Cold War nuclear bunker)


Farmers markets: 

Lexington Weds 8-12:30 at McCrum’s parking lot (Nov. thru April indoors at Lex. Presbyterian Church) 

Virginia Horse Center Fridays 9-noon

Staunton (downtown parking lot near train station) Saturday 7-noon

Mill Creek Produce in Goshen, Hwy 39 Alt, Weds (and Saturday?) 6-12

Rockbridge Baths 9-11 June thru August, at the Volunteer Fire Department

Kerr’s Creek, 2766 West Midland Trail (just west of Rt. 60 recycling center), 9-12

Season’s Yield Farm in Raphine.  Weekly bread, Monthly art and craft vendors in warm weather months

Reeves Museum of Ceramics, Washington and Lee University

Cabin Spring, working fiber farm:

Ridge Valley Alpacas

Tantivy Farm (lavender and waterfall trail)

Blueberry Hill on Still House Rd, blueberry picking in season (on FB)

Virginia Gold Orchard: Open for berry picking in July, open for Asian pear picking in early August

Jump Mountain Winery

Lexington Valley Vineyard

Rockbridge Vineyard & Brewery, Raphine:

12 Ridges Winery (on Blue Ridge Parkway just north of Hwy)

Taylor and Boody Organ Builders in Hebron, Rte 703

Lewisburg, WV: fine art galleries

Tamarack Marketplace in Beckley, WV

Maple festival, every March in Highland County

Museum of American Jewelry Design and Manufacturing. Museum open Thursdays

Beliveau Winery (and lavender farm) 5415 Gallion Ridge Road, Blacksburg, VA, 24060

Appalachian Arts & crafts school Mt. Pisgah NC

John C. Campbell Folk Arts School, Brasstown, NC


Poor House Road Haunted Tunnel

Wade’s Mill near Raphine:

Crozet train tunnel (Waynesboro on west, Afton on east end)

Covered bridges:

Covered bridge at Meems Bottom, west of US 11, north of Harrisonburg

Cranberry bog in WV

Area mills:

Osceola Mill, Vesuvius:

McClung Mill (not open to public) on Hays Creek Road

Hiking and outdoors:

AllTrail maps:

Shenandoah Nat’l Park trail maps:

Book: Fine Trails of Rockbridge by Steven Carroll and Mark Miller ISBN: 1976329671

Local nature spots

Spelunking (cave exploring): 183 wild caves; 

Commercial tourist caverns: Natural Bridge,  Dixie (Salem), Luray, Shenandoah, Skyline, Endless

Cave Mountain Lake Recreation Area (near Natural Bridge)

Smith Mountain Lake State Park (east of Roanoke)

Elk herd in Buchanan County:

Back of the Dragon road (Rt. 16) in Tazewell county, runs between Marion and Tazewell:

Waterfall tour:

Best swimming holes:

Clinch River State Park:  St Paul, VA

Explore Park, Roanoke  playground, log cabins, brew pub, camping, mountain views

New River Rail Trail:

Strasburg River Walk along the Shenandoah:


Lime Kiln theatre, 607 Borden Road, Lexington

Boxerwood evening concerts

Great Valley Farm Brewery (near Safari Park in Natural Bridge).

Historic Masonic Theatre (Clifton Forge)

Summer Music Scene:

Garth Newel music center, Hot Springs VA:

Staunton Music Festival, 10 days, begins mid-August:  mailing list:

Heifetz Institute, Staunton.  Summer school and performances for young upcoming classical musicians

Bonus: local area acronyms explained!

RACC Rockbridge Conservation

RACS Rockbridge Area Community Services

RAHC Rockbridge Area Health Center

RAPC Rockbridge Area Prevention Coalition

RARA Rockbridge Area Relief Association

RARO Rockbridge Area Recreation Organization

RATS Rockbridge Area Transportation System

RCHS Rockbridge County High School

RAMGA Rockbridge Area Master Gardener Association

RCSSD Rockbridge County Social Service Department

CARE Community Anti-Racism Effort

LDMS Lylburn Downing Middle School

CAN Connect And Nourish (a RATS/Carilion Rockbridge Community Hospital community dinners program)